On our very first date back in November of 2011, my husband and I took the train to NYC to see the play Seminar with Alan Rickman. We did other things like see sites, went to a bar and bought drinks for sailors because it was fleet week and fell in love. But after the love thing, the highlight was Alan Rickman. He was brilliant on stage. When he walked on stage, I felt like someone took my breath away. He was just as mesmerizing as he was in films but this time he was only about 30 feet away. I had the most ridiculous smile on my face.
After the show, we waited with the crowd with the rest of the fan girls and he walked out. I shoved up to the front so I could see him up close and get an autograph. When he got to me, I was speechless. I could only smile shyly and say thanks. I stepped away and then totally fangirled on my future husband.
I know I look like a crazy woman but I couldn't help myself! It was really him. I saw him! I heard his voice up close, soft and kind. And just got to take in his presence. I'll never forget that. And now that he has passed, it means even more that I got to see him.
Now when I see his films, it's sort of bittersweet. He is so missed in the acting world.