By now, I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I have a little obsession with popular culture. Ask me who sings an obscure 80s song, and the answer will come out of my mouth before I even have to think about it; mention Julia Roberts, and I’ll tell you the name of her twins (Phinnaeus and Hazel, in case you didn’t know); ask who Carly Simon wrote “You’re So Vain” about, and I’ll tell you that only she and one other person knows the right answer, but a lot of people think it’s about Warren Beatty (and I’ll also remind you that Mick Jagger sings back-up on that song).
Sometimes I surprise even myself with the useless pop culture knowledge that resides in my brain. I cannot find my way to my friends’ houses without my GPS, but I can tell you that the girl who plays Brittany on Glee was actually one of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” backup dancers at the American Music Awards, and she was cut from season two of So You Think You Can Dance in the Vegas round. The first time I saw Mad Men, I immediately recognized Betty Draper (played by January Jones) as one of the American girls from the scene at the bar with Collin in “Love, Actually,” where she probably had all of 4 minutes of screen-time. I love watching obscure performers get their big breaks, make names for themselves and pursue their dreams, and I love having “known” them when they were just getting started.
I don’t even know why I know this stuff. It’s like a sickness.
But I can’t help it. I LOVE pop culture. And the internet only feeds my obsession. Twitter makes it oh-so-easy to know what celebrities are doing at all times. Blogs make it fun to see what they’re really thinking (like the hilarious Ingrid Michaelson, the tree-hugging Jason Mraz, and the average girl next door Kelly Clarkson, whose open letter to Kanye West written after the MTV VMA debacle is priceless). People.com keeps me constantly in the loop with the latest happenings in Hollywood. I do draw the line at TMZ and Perez Hilton, though — let’s keep it classy, ya know?
The way I explain it to Nick is that I love peeking into the lives of celebrities because, sometimes, compared to their crazy lives, it makes me feel very normal. And there is nothing wrong with normal. Plus, ya know, I like to see what they’re wearing.
Are you a pop culture fiend?