Meeting a celebrity in real life is always a risky proposition, but it’s a rite of passage for fans. Viviana Olen was just 7 when she met Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — who turned out to be nothing like on TV.
“We waited in line for, like, three hours, and we just kind of passed by them and they looked so tired and so sad,” she recalls. “And I remember thinking as a kid, ‘This is bad, bad what I’m doing.’”
That “jarring” feeling returned when she came across Chicago-based artist Laura Collins’ paintings of the Olsen twins shielding their faces from the paparazzi. “Anybody today, whether you’re a performer or not, you always feel like you have to put everything out there just to exist. So it’s absolutely shocking when we can’t see things,” she says.