I'm sorry it took so long to write this post about my experience meeting Finn Jones at the Festa dell'Unicorno here in Italy. As probably many of you know I'm packing and preparing for my two weeks holiday in Iceland driving through this beautiful country and I really had little time to come here lately and write but also I had to think about what to say and find the right words to express my feelings about that.
All of this started on a very sad day, the one when I found out Kit was not going to Madrid anymore (I always had some doubt but the hope was still there) so my dear friend Daniela (ciaoooo dearrrr) talked about that Convention held in Vinci, the city where Leonardo da Vinci was born, and as soon as I realized it was two hours drive from my house at the sea in Tuscany and I was there that week end I went on their site, read what was it about and in a second I bought The Lord Pass which included the meeting, the autograph and the photo option.
If only I could go back in time, the only thing I regret is that I did not buy the King Pass including the dinner with Finn too, the biggest mistake I could ever make!
It was my first convention, the first time in Italy that they had as a guest an actor from Game of Thrones and I was really excited and I also knew Finn was lovely and funny but I was totally not prepared for how great that day turned out to be!
The staff was kind and passionate, I kept writing email asking about some doubt I had, some info about how to get there and they always replied fast and kindly.
Also their site is really well done and constantly updated with the schedule of the event, the parking and free shuttle and other practical info, a map with all the stands, and events held during the entire week end. They also add to some kind of thickets some gadget as sweatshirt and t-shirt and the pass to enter the festival too and not only the meeting with Finn.
As soon as I get to the theatre, i start talking to some girls outside, Giulia and Alessandra from Venice and we started having fun together and fangirling about seeing him. They had the pass to the dinner too... I entered as first and took a sit on the second row just behind the girls who had the King pass and as people kept entering and we all were waiting for Finn we start talking with each other and taking pics.
Let me say that it is lovely to share moments like that with people with your same passions.
I do love my friends don't get me wrong! But here there were people like me, ready to catch a flight or a train or to drive several hours to meet someone they like and take a picture with him and its good to be seen not as an alien when you say that you're gonna go to London for the film comic con or to Belfast for the Titan con! Just saying!
I knew Finn is a georgeous guy and funny aswell but as he stepped inside I was overwhelmed by his stunning presence, his face is simply perfect and his hair are the most beautiful I've ever seen.... And touched!
He has a georg and a clear voice, a great and contagious laugh and these blue eyes that look right into you when he talks to you. For the first ten minutes I could not take a good pic because my hands were shacking and me and the other girls next me, Giulia, Annagiulia, Ale e Chiara could not stop saying how beautiful he is in person and how great his hair were! XD *fangirl moment*
He was very kind but also passionate about being there, about food and wine and meat and Tuscany and its countryside and talked to us about his work, Got experience, some funny story about the crew in Croatia and his love for horses and Unicorns (there was an Unicorn statue in Vinci and he wanted to see it) and he answered all our questions.
Then another guy was introduced, unknow to the most but here in Italy he's well knows as he's the voice of Elija Wood, Frodo in the Lord of the Rings and as he kept talking it seemed that Frodo was there! He dubs Finn voice too here and they never met so it was fun to meet him and see them together.
The photo session was a blast. They had a great background with a Unicorn and the logo of the festival on stage and we had to go up one by one and meet Finn... I didn't realized how excited I was till they said it was my turn! My mind went blind and while going on stage I could not think about anything, but as I saw him waiting for me and ready to hug me and smiling while greeting me, in no time I was hugging him too! <3
He was so sweet and effusive, he asked me how was it going, if I was feeling good and having fun. The funny thing is that I was not embarassed or something like that, I didn't think whether to hug him or ask him for as he welcomed me with open arms and there was nothing else.
After the photo session was done he took some time to rest with his manager/friend Laurence (one of the funniest people I've ever met) and in the mean time the photos were printed and ready to be taken before he came back for the signing session.
We asked to the staff about taking pics with him but it seemed not allowed so at the beginning everyone of us just went at the table, talked a second to him, while signing his pic or whatever else (I took my copy of the book the one he is signing in the pic above) and Davide also was there signing too. He also had is own photo session with us down stage while Finn was making his pics :-))
We were not a crowd and as people kept going away after taking the autograph we remained in 20 more or less, Finn, Laurence, the interpreter and the security guys. At some point someone took a selfie with him so in a second we decided to give it a try and ask for. Laurence was so sweet that he left us his place and offered to take the pics with our cameras and cell phones and I asked Finn "can I?" And he told me to go and I remember I said I didn't want to bother him while signing, asking for a selfie too but he was a sweetheart, he bent his awesome curly head towards my head and we took a couple of pics and I touched those locks too... Their are the fluffiest locks I've ever seen and touched! Laurence was having a laugh ahahahah to think about it I can't believe I had the courage to ask ;))
Marta the girl after me did it too, i took a pic to her and Finn and she was so happy. She forgot her drawing for him at home but Im sure this pic was a great moment for her too XD
He remained a little bit in the theatre, talking, sitting near to us and then we had to go, I just had the time for a quick walk inside the festival and this made me take the decision to come and stay for the week end next time because the festival itself is very well done and all the people not only from Vinci but coming from all over Italy really feel it very much, there were events and music and food so it was sad to leave, sad not to see Finn on stage in the middle of the square before going to dinner, sad to not taking part to the dinner itself and there was room for one person still but I didn't want to drive home at night alone otherwise I would have stayed.
The best thing beside Finn of course are the people I met, Giulia and Ale and Marta and Annagiulia and Chiara, sorry for not mentioning you all, and as a first experience at a Con it was amazing to share it with all of them and find us so close and hang out so well together and already in touch on face book or instagram while commenting our pics and our emotions for that day.
I would like to thank the staff, as they were all kind and great and it was all perfectly organized and it was so good to be so in touch with Finn and not having the feeling to be in front of an actor known in the world and having some dinstance for that reason. He was among us, laughing with us, posing for pics for us while on stage during breaks and with us everytime we asked for a selfie or a hug.
So thank you Finn Jones for being the best surprise of the entire day, such a sweet and down to heart guy, a beautiful person I had the privilege to meet.
Sorry for this long post and for all the mistakes I had made writing in English but I had so many things to tell and feelings to express that I did the best I could. XD
I would like to ask to people following me, and I will do again and again, to follow finnjonesfans here and @FinnJonesUK on Twitter for updates as there were people not aware he was coming to Italy and sadly could not meet him, so just keep following to get any news from them!
Hi! So happy to get your message!
Meeting Finn was a total surprise to me, I knew he was a funny and lovely guy but he completely overwhelmed me so much that my hands were shacking so much at the beginning that I took even some blurry pics! He’s amazing, funny, sweet and kind and took time to talk to us and have fun with us (together with Laurence) like two normal guys and not an actor being a guest there.
Not to mention that he’s so stunning in real life that I couldn’t even imagine!
It was really a great day that I will never forget together with the lovely people I’ve met there too.
I will surely link your twitter account here from time to time and also in my post where I’m gonna talk about that day!
Thanks again for writing!
If he will ever go again I will sure go again and hope to see him in Belfast in September.
Keep up the great work you do!
(PS Non so se sei italiana dal nome c’ho pensato!)
Thanks for supporting Finn and his career so far. Here’s a special message from him straight from Italy. Enjoy! x
While you’re at it, do give us a follow on Twitter at @FinnJonesUK to get frequent updates on Finn.
The greatest day ever for those like me who were there XD thanks Finn for being the simple, down to heart person you are ❤️