The Man Who Knew Infinity Dinner..aka Infinite amount of celebs!
February 24, 2017
What do I love almost as much as celebs? Food, of course! So when I wrote a story about best Mexican spots to try in NYC for Guest of a Guest, I didn't expect what happened next (Hint: it involves celebs and a possible White House visit!). It all started when I received an email from a press person who read my article and had spent all day trying to get in touch with me to invite me to a dinner the following evening hosted with drumroll...legendary actor Jeremy Irons and Oscar winning producer Edward Pressman! (American Psycho) The dinner, which followed a screening of the movie The Man who Knew Infinity based on one of the world's most well-known math geniuses, was held at downtown hot spot Bagatelle. Half of the restaurant was blocked off for the dinner and let's just say there was no shortage of photographers! There were two long tables in the room, so while I wasn't sure if I would be sitting anywhere near Jeremy, I was excited just to be in the same room, breathing the same air as the Oscar winner.
After getting my picture taken on the mini red carpet, a photographer came up to me and said "I don't know who you know, but you're sitting just a few seats away from Jeremy Irons." I looked at the table in front of me and noticed that we all had name plates and I was indeed, very close to the actor..I didn't know how to respond as I hardly knew myself how I wound up there! All I know is while chatting with a young man who said he had worked on the film, I told him I would love to be in his next movie - the guy turned out to be Edward Pressman's son, the producer of the movie! Maybe I'll be coming to a theater near you soon!
While feasting on truffle chicken, gnocchi and scallops, I asked the guy across the table from me what he did..he informed me that he was a writer..the writer of Wicked that is..and Pippin..and Godspell! I had seen Wicked in London and it is still going strong on Broadway - I almost choked when I realized that I had been talking all night with the man behind some of the biggest shows, well, ever! As I looked around me, I noticed that Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famous astrophysicist on PBS was also just a few seats away, as was the actress from the movie, Devika Bhise and the writer/director, Matt Brown. I decided to meet and introduce myself to some of my other dinner mates, so I walked around to the other side of the table. While I waited to say hello to Mr. Pressman, I met math whiz and Princeton professor Manjul Bhargava, who was brought onto the film to help ensure all the mathematical equations used were correct. I told him I was so bad at math, I wouldn't have known the difference - he proceeded to tell me that math was easy - if he only knew I almost failed elementary level statistics in college! After talking to the rest of the cast, I learned that they were all on their way to the White House the next day to introduce the film and take part in a science panel. I jokingly (sort of!) said that I wanted to join them, and the next day, I received an email from the White House asking me to fill out a form - while I passed security, I didn't have time to get to D.C. but hey, at least I can say that
after the most incredible meal of my life, I almost wound up at the White House!