How Sylvester Stallone Impacted My Hollywood Internship

Our encounter opened my eyes to weird employment contracts and the humanity of celebrities.

Sarah Paris
Corporate Underbelly

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Rambo crouches and waits for the enemy
Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. “First Blood.” Orion Pictures/ MGM.

Sylvester Stallone was standing in my work kitchen, looking just like he does on the big screen, albeit more casually dressed.

“Why didn’t you say anything?” he said, noticing my unreasonable panic, as I stifled back an absurd and anxiety-fueled giggle.

“Er, I didn’t want to bother you,” I managed to squeak.

In a moment I hadn’t anticipated, my employment contract kept me from uttering a word, even though the mega-action star blocked my path. We shared a laugh afterward, but the weirdness of the experience lingered for years.

I was a month into my Hollywood internship, and I still walked onto the Warner Bros. studio lot with overwhelming, surreal awe. I couldn’t believe I got to work at such a storied space in film and television history. Palm trees and exterior sets surrounded me. A, B, and C-list celebrities flitted in and out of my company’s small offices.

Daily, tourists on shuttle-sized golf carts passed by and readied their cameras as I walked by, wondering if I was someone important or famous (I was neither). Over 400,000 people work in the motion picture industry

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Sarah Paris
Corporate Underbelly

Author of Signs My Toddler Has a Drinking Problem (humor collection).Freelance writer of all things. Looper features writer. Believer. Adventurer. Semi- funny.