In 2002 Ryan Reynolds wasn’t even a twinkle in people’s eyes.Â He was a relatively unknown actor who was just finishing wrapping up what I still consider to be one of his best roles, Van Wilder.Â Â He was nowhere near the superstar he is today and at the time he was probably more known for being “the guy that Alanis Morissette dated” than anything else.Â I hadn’t seen Van Wilder yet, and I don’t think I did for at least 3 or more years or so, so what the hell did I know in 2002?
I do know that in 2002 I had the pleasure of seeing the soft opening of a brilliant Broadway play Burn This.Â Â Given it was a soft opening the play wasn’t really open to the public so there were a ton of celebrities there.Â The ones I saw were Salma Hayek, Dermot Mulroney, and Alanis Morissette.Â The stars of the play were Edward Norton (who was dating Hayek at the time) and Catherine Keener.Â Two things:Â Salma Hayek was unbelievably gorgeous in person.Â And second, Burn This was one of the best plays I had ever seen.Â Â But here’s the funny story.
I happened to be sitting right next to Alanis Morissette for the duration of the play.Â I’m not a star struck type of person so it wasn’t really a big deal but certainly a fun conversation starter.Â What’s particularly funny is that she was there with a date.Â Who was dating Morissette in 2002?Â Ryan Reynolds.Â Who knew?Â I saw sitting next to Ryan Reynolds for an entire play and blew my chance to become friends with him.Â What a shame. Pretty funny story.Â Now I just need Reynolds to confirm that he saw the play in 2002 with then girlfriend Alanis Morissette.
Can someone reach out to him for me?Â Thanks.