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Celebrities — they’re just like us.

Not. Even. Close.

While watching reruns on television last night — yes, it’s that very sad time of year — I was treated to not one but two commercials that referenced Alec Baldwin’s infamous inflight meltdown.

You remember — he was playing Words with Friends after the plane door had closed and had a very heated exchange with the American flight attendants.  Then a very heated Twitter tirade about same.

Then he closed his Twitter account.

Months later, his Twitter is open.  He even made fun of the account on a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live.  And now not only Capitol One has referenced the incident in their latest ad — starring Baldwin, of course — but also a commercial highlighting the inventors of…

Words with Friends.

Yep, stuff like that happens to me all the time when I have travel mishaps.

Not. Even. Close.

In writing

For those of you who watched the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, the big question wasn’t:

What will Alec Baldwin do next?

No, the big question surfaced on Twitter moments after the show went off the air.  (Yes, I stayed up that late; I really did.)

Alec Baldwin had said his thank you’s.  The audience was cheering.  The group hugs were just about to commence.  And then Alec held up a sign made out of cue card board that read:

Oh, how Twitter caught fire! Who is this mystery women? Who could she be?

Who is Carla?

Before anyone else says a thing, I claim the cue card. I’ve got your Carla right here.

Yep, it’s me.

You see, I met Alec Baldwin a couple of years ago on the set of 30 Rock.  We spent two days together at a country club outside Tarreytown, New York.  Sure, I was just an extra, but he noticed me…especially when I was pulled forward with two other women to do a scene with Tracey Morgan.

For the next 13 takes, Tracey ad-libbed silly compliments about the three of us. Our job? Laugh at whatever he said. And Alec kept stepping forward to offer ideas for Tracy’s lines.

The important part of this story?  Alec Baldwin spoke to me at one point.  Oh yes, he did.

And here’s the proof in writing — he’s never forgotten either.

So simple

I’m trying to remember the first time I saw or read anything about the movie “It’s Complicated.”

I know I was much younger.

Living in Manhattan, I saw the call for extras for the filming that took place in the city.  Back then it was called the “Untitled Nancy Meyers Project,” but with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin attached to the movie, we were already convinced it was going to be amazing.

And we were right.

Because even though the final title is “It’s Complicated,” it really couldn’t be more simple.

Take a woman nearing 60 with everything — and I mean everything: unbelievable home, successful career, supportive friends, three beautiful Stepford children (and I mean that with love) — except a man in her life, and then suddenly give her two attractive men fighting over her.

What’s complicated about that?

I mean, sure, juggling the two men is complicating.  But when you have Meryl, Alec and Steve doing the balancing act, it is high comedy in its simplest form.  I loved it as much as I expected to, if not a bit more.

One tiny surprise?  John Krasinski.  Sure, we all love him as Jim in “The Office,” but who expected him to shine — and steal almost every scene he is in — amongst this stellar cast?

Simple, simple, simple.  And hilarious.