I REMEMBER taking a flight to Disneyland when I was about 4. I was so excited. It was like I was flying to the moon. I got used to flying pretty quickly, traveling between Arizona, where I lived, to visit family in California. Then in the 1980s, I worked as a model in Japan and taught English. So again, more plane time.
Most of my business travel today involves filming or going to meetings and events for my beauty and lifestyle company, Boyfriend L.L.C. I’m also involved with a few nonprofits, so I travel for those organizations, too.
I was flying to New York from California for a combination of press and business meetings for Boyfriend. Everything seemed O.K. as we started making our ascent, but then the plane took a nose-dive and slammed against the runway. The plane came to a screeching halt, and all of the passengers just stared at each other.
We were told there was a mechanical issue. I didn’t quite understand what the mechanical issue was since we didn’t change planes and simply taxied back to the same point where we started and tried to take off again. The second time was obviously the charm, but I would still love to know about that mechanical issue.
I used to be very mellow about flying. I’m not that mellow anymore, which is amusing since I have a sister who is a pilot. I have a lot of respect for pilots, but to say I’m completely relaxed when flying would be a big fib.
I do get recognized at airports, and it’s a huge compliment. Men know me from my Cadillac commercials, and women know me as Dr. Addison Montgomery from “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.” The people who recognize me are the people who make sure I have a paycheck, so I’m always grateful.
Usually someone yells, “Hey, Addison, can I get a picture with you?” That’s fun. But occasionally, there are people who get a little too involved with TV characters.
I was in Chicago for a fund-raising event and a woman came up to me and started saying “let it go” and “give it up.” I thought “give up” what? All I wanted to do was eat my hors d’oeuvres.
She told me that I should stop chasing Derek and that he belonged with Meredith. Derek is the name of my ex-husband on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Meredith is another doctor, and Derek’s true love. I tried explaining that Addison is just a character I play. She wasn’t buying it, so at that point I left my hors d’oeuvres on the table behind me and quietly tiptoed away.
On one flight I think my fellow passengers thought I needed some help.
I had to fly to Arizona for a Boyfriend promotional event, and the turbulence midflight was horrible. I was really happy to have my team members, Vicki and Derek, with me. Derek probably wasn’t that happy. We weren’t seated together, and I started yelling his name when the turbulence became overwhelming.
But Derek wasn’t going to come to my rescue. He had his head between his knees and was scared out of his mind. Vicki was no help either. Turbulence doesn’t bother her, and she couldn’t stop laughing at us.
The biggest problem was that some of the other passengers were looking at me like I was an absolute crazy woman. I’m sure most of them just wanted me to be quiet, but I know a few probably recognized me from “Grey’s Anatomy” and thought I had lost my marbles yelling for my fake TV ex-husband, Derek. I’m forever grateful that no one took any cellphone video.
Source: NY Times