There are times when we appreciate not living in the Zone, the place where paparazzi swarm after every A, B or even D-list star, and Wednesday, lunchtime at Susina Bakery on Beverly Boulevard, would've been one of them. Native Intelligence was there:
I leaned forward and saw a seething mass of dark determination filling the sidewalk. All of the swarm's energy was focused inside our cute little cafe/bakery. What the?Looking "oblivious" is an art form, isn't it? How many tables the actress must get that way, preying on the kindness---or utter disgust---of LA diners.
I looked around. Sure enough, standing at the counter were a polished blond in jeans and cream-colored flats and a tall, boyishly handsome man. Katherine Heigl and her new husband, Josh Kelley. They had apparently just entered and were placing their order. They hugged and seemed oblivious to the frenzy on the sidewalk. Not so the rest of us. We were...uncomfortable...
Lunch was spoiled. When Heigl and Kelly walked in our direction, looking for a place to settle in, I made eye contact. Ours was the most private nook in the room. There was only one right thing to do. "Why don't you guys take our table," I offered. They accepted, gratefully and with smiles. They didn't even mind our dirty plates and my leftover cup of cold coffee.
· My lunch with Katherine Heigl [Native Intelligence]