Our good friend and Summer Glau enthusiast Leah Steger told us a little about meeting Summer Glau at Chicago Comic Con on August 10-11, 2013.
Leah attended the convention with her daughters Emma and Jewel and with her sister. Regular visitors at the Summer Glau Wiki and our band of merry Summer Glau fans on Twitter or on Facebook knew for a long time that Leah was very excited about finally meeting her favorite actress at Wizard World Chicago event. Leah had never met a celebrity before in her life, especially not in front of hundreds of equally excited fans, not to mention that Leah and her sister had two agitated little girls to look after. In this case, it’s quite natural that she would feel intimidated when approaching Summer’s booth, and I’m sure many other fans have experienced the same thing. As Leah told me: “I was so damn shy, I couldn’t say what I wanted to.”
Find below the non-reworked transcript of a conversation between Leah and me as she asked how she could share her photos with the fans. Here are some of the memories collected on that day, as Leah was standing in line to meet with a lovely and talented actress named Summer Glau.
"Well Summer Glau was excited too meet my daughters Emma and Jewel; it was funny, I was in line and I just happened to be where Summer was standing at the table, and I was holding Emma, she Summer looked over and smiled at us, It was awesome. lol.
Jewel [Leah’s oldest daughter] had this whole conversation with Summer I couldn't hear everything but she was telling Summer about her sister Emma, me her mommy her auntie bia who is my sister that was with me, and her cousin Allie and Jewel even said Summer Glau because Lydia my sister told Summer she could. I wish I could have heard the whole conversation with Jewel and Summer but I had a stroller in front of me and Emma was playing with my face talking to me. lol
Jewel definitely recognized Summer and she was at complete ease with her, Jewel doesn't usually do that with anyone. I remember Jewel told Summer she was scared of all the men, and my sister told Summer it was the people in the costumes, Summer said they scare her too [probably to reassure her].
And when Jewel told Summer Emma was her little sister, Summer told Jewel she is an older sister too, Jewel had more of a conversation than I did with Summer I was very nervous and shy. And Jewel gave Summer a hug too.
As for Emma she recognized Summer Glau but she was very shy and Summer tried to see if Emma would let her hold her but Emma was a little worried but we got to meet Summer take photos and it was amazing, Summer was very understanding and nice, she signed a couple other things for some of my friends. She was very sweet I'm so glad I got to meet an amazing very talented person like Summer, keep doing what you do Summer because I'll always support you, thank you for putting up with me being so shy lol, and the Firefly panel was so much fun too, thank you again oh and happy birthday I hope you had a good one.
You know, one can hide all secrets except the one in one's eyes. There's something bigger than movies and success in Summer Glau. Take a look at the other photos with Leah, Summer Glau and her youngest daughter Emma.
As a conclusion this is exactly what I thought Leah’s meeting with Summer Glau at Chicago Comic Con would be, adorable and heartfelt. This is also why her report was left untouched. That way it sounds more authentic.
For me, Leah has a special place in the Summer Glau fandom, because of her refreshing enthusiasm, because she is genuine, she doesn’t play a role and because she isn’t the typical fanboy/fangirl one would expect. In this respect, she reminds me of Karen Wing, who is missed and I would like to take this opportunity to say that we keep Karen in your thoughts and prayers. It’s no coincidence that both Leah and Karen were touched by the romance between John and Cameron in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
So thank you for being so awesome Leah and Karen.
Dedicated Browncoats had the opportunity to play movie extras in Joss Whedon's Serenity and have filed detailed reports from the set of the Firefly sequel. This is a spoiler-free tour of the set and several filmed scenes during the shooting of Serenity. They also took pictures of their extraordinary adventure, including some with Summer Glau.
Here are the excerpts of Jeremy's on-set report related to Summer Glau:
"Sadly, Joss didn't seem to require as many takes on this shot and all too quickly Maria was herding us all back to the holding area for lunch. Lunch was very tasty. All of us Browncoats gathered around our Browncoat tables away from the cool people tables, and talked about our experiences so far. Gingi and boyfriend had some interesting stories about getting in Adam's way.
Suddenly we notice that Summer and a few friends are sitting at a table about just a few feet from our Browncoat table. So DammitGirlie screws up the courage and walks over and points out all of us Browncoats. Summer is so nice about the whole thing. She thanks us all for coming and being a part of it all. My memory fails me on any specifics, but she seems genuinely pleased to have us all there. I bit more chit chat between our tables, and we let her get back to her lunch."
"A few minutes later, we all notice that Nathan and Jewel are chowing down on their lunches, just a few tables down from River. So I gather up a few of my firefly movie posters, screw up some courage and walk over to them and introduce myself. I showed them the posters, they took them gladly, I pointed to all of the browncoats at the table, which started a bit of a cross room exchange. They were both more than friendly. I'm not one to usually get very star-struck, but I felt myself tripping over words, so I just thanked them, and let them return to their lunches.
I then walked over to Summer again and offered her a poster. Sadly I was still a bit tongue-tied, so I just thanked her and moved on. In hind site it seemed like she wanted to talk some more, but my brain was foggy and it's probably good I didn't push my luck. Later, when Jewel and Nathan got up to leave, Nathan hollered over to our table and thanked us again.
Summer remained for quite a while after that, chatting with her friends, the entire time keeping the poster in her lap and even using it as a megaphone a couple of times. Eventually as she was getting up to leave, Saxton asked for a few autographs and Summer seemed more than happy to oblige. Several others got autographs, but I asked for a picture with her instead (see photo on top). "
Read more: My experience as Background on Serenity
Here are Erin's photos and story of her encounter with Summer Glau on set:
"Emboldened by our first failure to make contact, I finally gather my courage and approach one of the cast, Summer Glau. I think I picked her because she was the youngest and newest to Hollywood. I politely introduced myself and the group as fans and briefly explained our presence and how we got there. She was so kind and came over to the table to say Hi and take some pictures before we all had to go back to work."