Although Seth Rogen co-starred in “The Lion King” with Beyoncé in 2019, the comedian didn’t make the best first impression the first time they met.
In an interview with E! On the News show “Daily Pop”, Rogen recalls trying to meet Beyoncé backstage at the 2011 Grammy Awards, but was physically stopped by the singer’s protective bodyguard.
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“I was at the Grammys, and I saw Beyoncé with Gwyneth Paltrow actually and they were together,” Rogen told Justin Sylvester of E !. “And I charged. Instinct took over and I was like I had to go and say, ‘Hi.'”
Unfortunately for Rogen, who was 29 at the time, he hadn’t had the chance to present himself properly.
“I was hit so hard by his security guard that I spilled a glass. I was drinking a screwdriver, which is a bad drink. I deserved what I got, ”Rogen joked. “But, I spilled it on myself and a second later someone came up to me and said, ‘You have to present a Grammy now.'”
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“I was covered in screwdrivers and I was humiliated, and I couldn’t meet Beyoncé,” he lamented.
However, Rogen couldn’t stay angry for long because soon after the incident he had to take the stage to introduce Eminem, Dr Dre and Rihanna.
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“And so I had to present a Grammy while literally having to hold my arms in a very strange position,” Rogen explained with a laugh.
Rogen wrote about this unforgettable moment in his new memoir titled “Year Book”, which is now available in stores.
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Two years earlier, the comedian also briefly touched on his awkward first impression while promoting Disney’s computer-animated remake of the traditional 1994 Disney animated classic, The Lion King. ”
“The last time I tried to approach [Beyoncé] was at the Grammys about 11 years ago, and his safety hit me so hard I spilled my drink on myself, “Rogen told Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.” It was terrible. So I was wary of approaching her because I look like someone you would want to keep away from Beyoncé in general. “
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“And so I waited for her to approach me, which they tell you,” he joked. “She was very pretty and my beard actually got a bit stuck in its sequins. If you take a closer look you will see gray hair on his shoulder.
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