Reading last Monday’s classic FanstRAvaganza post of ‘Funny/Embarrassing Fan Stories’ on Richard Armitage Fan Blog reminded me of a slightly embarrassing RA moment of my very own. So, in keeping with question nr 23 of the 30 day Richard Armitage Challenge, I think it’s high time I confessed.
Much as I like my day job, from time to time things get a little fraught. So, one week, when the going had gotten particularly tough and there was precious little to feel happy about, I smuggled in a picture of Mr Armitage to cheer me up. I’d printed out the new headshot from the 2009 promo on some nice glossy photo paper, to do justice to the colour of those wonderful blue eyes, and propped him up on my copy holder. My desk is in a sheltered corner of an open plan office and as my direct colleagues are a liberal bunch who are aware I’m a little fond of Richard Armitage, I thought it couldn’t do any harm. Indeed, most female colleagues who spotted the picture seemed quite appreciative.
One day soon after though, an editor with a desk at the other end of the office came to seek out my direct neighbour for some editorial advice. As she squeezed behind my chair to get to his desk, she spotted Richard’s picture and said ‘That’s a nice picture. Is that your husband?’ I was looking at the editor who has the desk next to mine when she asked this and in the split second of silence that followed I just knew that he, like me, was contemplating this wonderfully surreal idea before we both almost fell off our chairs laughing. Obviously she’d never seen Richard Armitage on tv before and was totally unaware he’s an actor and I do actually have a picture of my husband on my desk, who as it happens is tall & handsome too, but this was an absurdly flattering and funny thought! Ever since then, however, Richard Armitage is known in our little corner of the office as ‘My husband, the famous actor’.
Although that picture is still sitting on my copy holder (well, the day job is still stressful and/or tedious at times!), rest assured I’ve never popped it into a heart-shaped frame 🙂