@verybookish wrote up an account for me of seeing Gale at The Grove LA for his Extra Interview. Gale discusses his plans for Valentine’s Day with his ‘sweetie’ and *GASP* maybe a play this summer in Berlin! I’ve included it in it’s entirely below. If you repost, please credit @verybookish and GaleDevotee (@galedevotee).
On the theory that Gale was going to appear at 1pm, which was the time I had originally seen, I walked over and into “The Grove” which is Angeleno for “small outdoor mall” about noon.
I immediately found the Extra tent – here I’d thought it would take me a while to find. No, not at all. “The Grove” was a lot smaller than I had guessed it would be.
The Extra stage, with a canopy over it, and cameras and everything, was set up in the “street” of the mall, but no cars drive on that “street”, only pedestrians and a trolley that runs a couple blocks back and forth.
When I got there, Mario Lopez was doing a greeting again and again, and the backstage crew had corralled some passers by to be the audience and cheer for him. He was a smaller guy than I would have guessed from seeing him on TV, but then isn’t everyone in Hollywood? Yes.
I stood on the far side of the little street, eagerly looking for Gale on the off chance he’d show up an hour early. He didn’t.
After a bit, Mario walked away with two of the crew, and then the others drifted off here and there.
I walked back and forth, then walked over and asked the one remaining guy when they were coming back. He said they had an interview with a celebrity at 1:30 so they’d be back by then, he said he didn’t remember who the celebrity was offhand. I said “Gale Harold?” He grinned and said that sounded familiar. I said ok, thanks. I walked around a bit, and admired the tiny fountain and tinier bridge.
At 1:30 the crew were assembling again, and then I saw Gale walk up from the south. He wasn’t wearing a hat (which I had thought he would be: it was sunny, and he wears hats a lot), but he was wearing sunglasses, and a tan-ish shirt, and I recognized him even across the street and without my glasses.
He walked up to one of the crew (who might have been watching for him) and they shook hands. The guy held Gale’s sunglasses through the interview for him.
They put a mic on him, like, inside his shirt, and I bounced a little closer and then he stepped up on the stage, and was talking to some of the audience people gathered behind the little stage and tent. I don’t know if they were Gale fans there just to see him the way I was, or just people passing who wanted to try to get on TV, or somewhere in between. Anyone passing by could walk up and join the space behind the stage, or leave it, any time. And lots of people were always walking up and down the “street” shopping and enjoying the sunny day and whatever.