Wall Street Journal reporter Alex Janin and her boyfriend, music producer and sound engineer Grant Jefferson, were getting their things out of their New York apartment this weekend when they got the very random help from the very famous actor Woody Harrelson.
On Saturday, Janin posted a photo of herself and the “Zombieland” star holding houseplants and smiling for the camera on Twitter. The caption, which quickly went viral, reads:
“Woody Harrelson helped us out of our apartment today. I love you, NYC. “
“I was just thinking to myself, ‘Only in New York,’” Jefferson told HuffPost of the experience via email. “Of course, I didn’t want to ask him to help us, but I couldn’t refuse to have the story to tell my friends.”
Jefferson added that the kind meeting with the actor changed the way he viewed fame.
“I realized that letting fame toughen you up or make you pretentious may be more of an internal thing than just the result of fame,” Jefferson told HuffPost.
In a follow-up tweet, Janin explained that Harrelson was leaving a store next to their apartment building when he saw the couple move out. Janin said she was moving her bike into a U-Haul at the exact time Harrelson was looking for a Citibike station. He asked the couple if they knew where the closest was, they all started talking and Harrelson – who Jefferson described as having “the whole daddy vibe” – finally “insisted” on helping them get moving. .
And though the act was sweet (especially since Janin too admitted that she lives in a building with no elevator), some people on Twitter were distracted by one particular aspect of Janin’s photo – the condition of her fiddle-leaf fig plant.
Apparently, Harrleson didn’t beat around the bush when he saw the plant either.
In response to numerous Twitter users challenging the state of his factory, Janin wrote: “YES, I am aware that my violin sheet is practically dead. And yes, Woody told me I should water it more.
Jefferson told HuffPost that after Harrelson helped the couple move out, the “True Detective” star “resumed his search for a citi bike.”
And although the couple eventually made it to their new home, apparently the pathetic plant didn’t.
“We left it on the street for a better house (hopefully),” Jefferson said. “I have a fantasy Woody came back later and saved him. He was worried.
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