Though the pictures tell a different story, red carpets aren't all that glamorous. They are just there to serve a purpose: Celebs go to promote something (often themselves), and reporters go to get news. Most of the time, it works. Sometimes, like last night at the New York screening of "He's Just Not That Into You," it doesn't, at least not for us.
First, Alec Baldwin didn't show up, though he was listed on our invite. So I still remain ignorant about who his favorite Jonas Brother is and which past president he most admires. Why have you failed me, Jack Donaghy? Others who didn't show included Cuba Gooding Jr. (I had pressing questions about his brother, Omar Gooding) and Jane Seymour (I had a slew of questions regarding her Open Hearts line at Kay Jewelers).
America Ferrera showed up but didn't talk to any press. Olivia Palermo from "The City" was there and rushed past us without a word, as did Michael Kors, Patricia Clarkson and Zoe Kravitz, who from the back is the spitting image of Vanessa Hudgens.
Ginnifer Goodwin, who actually stars in the movie, talked to us, but she sort of had to be there to promote the flick. We talked to "Ugly Betty" star Mark Indelicato, who assured us that his show isn't canceled, just on hiatus. We also talked to "Lipstick Jungle" star Lindsey Price attended with her boyfriend, "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor, although she didn't say anything about him or the status of her series.
"Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano was adorable and dished about everything from his fashion line to his Valentine's Day plans. By far, he was the sunshine in our very cloudy (and freezing) night. Also, someone who managed to make our night worth it was "The Office" co-star Melora Hardin, who professed her love for Zac Efron and Miley Cyrus.
I have to say, the highlight of the night was when NASCAR star Jeff Gordon showed up extremely late and all the press had already packed up. He seemed a bit perturbed that he'd missed his chance to get his picture taken. Sorry, Jeff — we know the feeling!