It’s something straight out of a romantic comedy where a big Hollywood star takes a job as a simple receptionist. Ok, not really, but it’s fun to dream, right? Daniel Radcliffe, better known as Harry Potter to most of us, spent one hour sitting in for the receptionist in the NYLON Magazine offices. Hilarity, of course, ensued as the staff of the office and a handful of confused visitors were assisted by the star. Well, he tried to assist. He’s kind of crap at the whole receptionist thing to be honest. Take a few minutes and watch the video.
While this video has been making the internet rounds, perhaps one of the most glossed-over features of it is not the other celebrity cameo who some tweens might argue is a bigger deal (Joe Jonas), but the downright delightful story that was attached to the NYLON Magazine YouTube video of the event. Read it for yourself:
A few weeks ago, Daniel Radcliffe stopped by the NYLON offices and sat at the front desk, unbeknownst to staffers and office visitors. The following was written by a NYLON employee, who wishes to remain anonymous. This is her tale.
It was a Thursday afternoon, just like any other. I was sitting at my desk, tired and a tad despondent, when I decided to “stretch my legs.” And by that, I mean grab a bag of Cheez-Its*. As I turned the corner to the lobby, I was blinded. The pink neon NYLON sign had been cooking for hours, and it was very bright. I reached around the desk, grabbed a bag, and made my merry way back to my desk. As I walked back, out of the corner of my eye, I saw that there was a man sitting at the desk. I turned my head, and, to my delight, I realized that my peripheral vision had not failed me. It was Daniel Radcliffe sitting at the front desk. Yes, that Daniel Radcliffe. Confused and more than a bit dazed, I stared for a moment before accepting this fact and returning to my desk.
Staring at my computer screen, I thought: That was strange. Was I supposed to say something? Should I say something? Probably not. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed another sight. It was an intern, crying. My peripheral vision was not failing me that day. They were tears of shock and, I think, joy. I looked around and I saw a lot of smiling, blushed faces. They had all “happened” to walk by the lobby. And while some of them engaged with the actor, some of them chose to play it cool and freak out later.
I received no phone calls during that hour, which was strange. And a package that was supposedly delivered to the office for me never made it to my desk. As I started to track down the aforementioned package, I heard a squeal. Apparently Joe Jonas had come into the office, to surprise Daniel and try to resume his job.
Some may call it magical, making an all-too expected allusion to Harry Potter, and others may call it unbelievable, but I would like to sum it up as “a really strange, star-studded day.” And thankfully there is this hidden camera video to prove that it existed.
*Cheez-It does not, and has never, sponsored NYLON in any way. That being said, they should. Cheez-It, feel free to reach out.
I appreciate both the humor of this supposedly anonymous staff person and her devotion to Cheez-It. If you’ve ever worked in an office space, you know that sometimes you really do just need to get up and stretch your legs, and by stretch your legs, I mean raid the kitchen for a snack.
All giggles aside at the absurdity of this entire situation though, the former receptionist in me is heartened by Radcliffe’s closing words as he gladly hands receptionist duties back over to their rightful owner, Lauren. He tells her that it is a hard job, and he basically never wants to do it again. Right-o Harry Potter. Anticipating every need of every person who walks through the door is a special gift. One might even say, the really talented administrators of offices are just a little bit magic.
(See what I did there?)