I can really be shallow at times, asking people personal questions — with permissions, of course — that can be downright silly. There’s this IT dude at the office who owns a rather peculiar surname and the only other personality I know who wields the similar last name is a known actress from Europe who is perhaps most popular globally for starring in a couple of Hollywood produced action-packed super spy thriller made in the early oughts. Earlier, in an interaction with the co-worker over a process where I needed his coordination, I casually asked:
“Do you know the movies [insert-name-of-movie-here] and [insert-name-of-sequel-here], made sometime in the early 2000s? It was top-billed by [insert-name-of-a-really-popular-American-actor-here].”
“Yup! I’ve seen those movies. What about them?”, he asked.
“One of the lead actresses in those films is [insert-name-of-actress-here]. By any chance you’re related to her?”, I dug in further.
The man gave a knowing smile, seemingly not surprised at all with my apparently out-of-the-blue question. He then let out a chuckle before saying, “This is not the first time I’ve been asked that question. But if you’ll believe my father and my paternal grandfather, they said that she’s a distant relative.”
What are the odds of that, huh? I just had to ask, okay? If he’s pulling my leg, don’t blame him. This is totally on me.
(Note: Movie titles and actor names were omitted to protect the innocent.)