One of the coolest things I've done at MB recently was getting to drop by the October/November cover shoot, an all-day event in early June. (The finished product is on newsstands now.) We were using beautiful New York City as our backdrop and our location was a rooftop on the Upper West Side overlooking Central Park. Our two models took turns being snapped in front of the lens and they were primped, dressed and accessorized by our fabulous fashion and accessories editors and hair and makeup teams. The day was overcast and very chilly, but our models braved the cold air in spaghetti-strap dresses while Alison, MB's accessories editor, and I hammed it up for the camera wearing sweatshirts, long sleeves and feathered headpieces.
We had heard rumors that a certain "Matrix" star lived in the building, but since we were on the roof, we couldn't exactly keep an eye on the comings and goings of the building's residents. As the shoot turned to early evening, I ducked out to grab our hungry crew some pizza and 30 minutes later, I returned, my arms laden with four boxes of piping hot cheese pies. I rushed through the building's lobby and struggled to press the UP button on the elevator. The elevator doors opened and I maneuvered inside.
Right as the doors were about to close, a tall man steps into the elevator with me. He looks me in the eye and I notice, under the scruffy beard, that it's Keanu Reeves. I try to keep my cool as he asks me if I'm heading up to the photo shoot on the roof. I say that I am, and he stares at the four boxes of pizza in my arms then looks back up at me and says in his dry, deadpan voice: "Models don't eat pizza." I laugh and tell him that there will probably be extra and he should come up and grab a slice. As he got off at his floor, he waved and needless to say I hoped he would come join us on the roof. He never did, which is just as well, as our mostly female staff would have had a hard time completing the day's cover shoot! My celebrity run-in was an added surprise on top of a great day. —Abbe Wright, assistant to the editor-in-chief, Modern Bride