Stars, they’re just like us.
On Monday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, James Marsden revealed he has a “massive crush” on Helen Mirren. Fortunately for the Westworld star, Mirren was also a guest on the episode.
As Marsden explained to host Ellen DeGeneres, he had never met the Oscar-winning legend… but did stalk her at an airport once. “I was on a flight with her once to Rome, and when I got off the flight, I followed her to baggage claim, and in a very voyeuristic creepy way, I took a photo of her while she was walking,” Marsden said, as DeGeneres showed the picture.
But all’s well that ends well, as Mirren came out to surprise Marsden with a hug and some kind words. “You’re so handsome,” Mirren told Marsden.
In addition to meeting his crush, Marsden told DeGeneres he regrets turning down a role in Magic Mike, an anecdote he previously revealed during an interview with GQ.
“Embarrassingly and admittedly, yes I did. It was a role in the first Magic Mike I said no to — mainly because I was struggling with the idea of me prancing around in a thong with maybe a handful of lines that could have ended up easily on the editing room floor,” Marsden said. “And I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ve just become a naked extra, maybe.’ But that was also when there was no Magic Mike. At the time it was like, is this going to work or is this going to be a disaster? Yeah, I have some regrets.”