Hanging out with Hollywood stars at Madame Tussauds

During our visit to California last May, we asked Kurt to take us to Madame Tussauds’ wax museum.  We passed by this place last year during our walk around Hollywood Boulevard, but we were pressed for time back then so we didn’t get a chance to go inside.

IMG_9280a (1)We were in Hollywood, so of course there were plenty of sidewalk character impersonators outside the museum

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Looks like there’s a Spidey convention going on

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Master Yoda.  Very tall you have gotten.

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There was this Wolverine impersonator who looks amazingly like Hugh Jackman

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I wasn’t able to get a shot of him facing the camera, but look at him!  He looks like the real deal!

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Before heading inside the museum, we took a quick photo with this giant Oscar

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We also posed with Shrek for a bit.  He was there to welcome the visitors at the museum.

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Ticket counter.  Kurt actually bought our tickets online because it was cheaper, but we had to pick them up here.

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We had to take an elevator to get to displays.  The inside of the elevator was plastered with photos of celebrities

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Once we got to the entrance, I was disappointed to see that there were a lot of people already inside.  I was hoping we’d be able to have the place to ourselves for a while since we came really early.  But then I realized that most of the people weren’t moving.  It turned out that they were the wax figures!

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There’s only one real person in this shot – everyone else is a wax statue

Isn’t that cool?  I didn’t expect the displays to be out in the open like this.  I’ve only been to one other wax museum before and all the statues were behind velvet ropes.

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Even this photographer was made of wax.  He was there to greet us as soon as we got off the elevator.  I actually stood and posed for a while because I thought that there really was someone taking pictures of us.  (A photographer took our picture right before we got on the elevator, so I thought that this guy worked for the museum too.)

I love that visitors were free to go up to the statues and touch them – something that was definitely not allowed in the other wax museum I went to.

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Ezra was very impressed at how lifelike Lady Gaga looked

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Check out those eyes

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We were blown away by the details on these figures

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Even Ryan Reynolds’ stubble looked real!

We spent our morning going around the museum and posing with the “celebrities”

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Here’s Ezra and Kurt with Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion as he’s known now)

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Brangelina with their new adopted daughter

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Keeping it classy with Selma Hayek

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Kurt fanboying over Selena Gomez

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Oops I did it again 😄

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Hello there Mr. Smith

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Ezra was fascinated by how real he looked again

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Selfie time

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With Sandra Bullock – the queen of rom-coms

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Here’s Julia Roberts, another rom-com favorite

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With Morgan Freeman.  At this point one of the museum’s staff came up to us and advised us not to look at the camera when we pose with the displays.  He said it will make the photo look more realistic.

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Taking a little break before moving on to the next exhibit.  Cheers~

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Is this how Kurt picks up girls at a bar?

 We made a quick pit stop before moving down one floor.  I thought it was cool how even the bathroom had a Hollywood theme:

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The bathroom stall doors looked like the doors to a dressing room:

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The mirrors also had fun stickers (like funky glasses, cute hats and wacky mustaches).  I took a few photos of Ezra and me goofing around with them but I think I accidentally deleted them because I can’t find them anywhere T__T

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With Marlene Dietrich

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Charlie Chaplin (I love how the museum provides us with suitable props to pose with :D)

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Having tea with Ingrid Bergman from Casablanca

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Staring off into space with Vivien Leigh from Gone with the Wind

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Um, I forgot who this guy is

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Nice Kurt – that’s totally how those things should be worn

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Interrupting Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire to deliver an urgent message

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Peter O’Toole from Lawrence of Arabia

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Getting cozy with Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

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Kurt looks a little too pleased as he crawls into bed with her 😄

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Chatting it up with Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

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The famous scene for Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock

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Um, I forgot who she is too…

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Ezra’s jealous of how Marilyn Monroe seems to have captivated Kurt

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Raquel Welch in her iconic doe-skin bikini

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After this we went to see the museum’s western exhibit

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I got thrown in jail by Robert Redford and Paul Newman

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I made them a deal and told them they could have Ezra instead 😄

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Doing the Clint Eastwood squint

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Hey there~

Next we checked out the Gangster/Mob exhibit

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Marlon Brando as The Godfather

Ezra found this police lineup wall and we had a bit of fun there for a while

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This was actually where we shot my 17th self portrait this year.

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Found Pierce Brosnan,  So dreamy~

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I think this card suits us better 😄

After this we were welcomed into Beverly Hills by Eddie Murphy

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*Well, this car could be systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic.*

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*Why, it could be greased lightning*

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*Go grease lightning*

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Hey there Forrest~ Got any spare chocolates for me?

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Rocky Balboa 😀

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Nice to see you here Jim Carrey.  What are you pointing at?

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Steven Spielberg! What a surprise~

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As a film student, of course Kurt had to get his picture taken with him

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Ezra challenging Uma Thurman

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She fangirled over Leonardo DiCaprio

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And sung for Robin Williams.  (I’m still really sad to hear about his passing T_T)

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Going on a moonlit ride with ET

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What’s that over there?

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“I see it too!”

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Caught Cameron Diaz backstage

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Why hello there Ms. Madonna

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I got to play a song on Elton John’s red piano

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Kurt got golf lessons from Tiger Woods

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And took selfies with him

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While Ezra learned how to skateboard from Tony Hawk

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I just stared at him in awe

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Hello Mr. Beckham 😀

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Kurt’s dream of playing basketball with Kobe Bryant came true that day

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Bringing sexy back~

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This Is It!

Next we went to the superheroes exhibit

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We found Wolverine and his motorcycle there

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Spiderman was there as well

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Ezra demonstrated her martial arts skills

I was looking forward to seeing Tony Stark, but unfortunately we couldn’t find him T__T

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They did have this Iron Man wall there though

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Thor! Kyaaaaah~

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Kurt tried to recreate the Thor 2 poster.

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I got held at gunpoint by Master Chief

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I shot another self portrait here.

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I found Dwayne Johnson

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While Ezra posed with Vin Diesel

At the end of our tour of the museum, we were able to take a peek into how these wax figures were made

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The skeleton.  This one was for Beyonce.

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Paint to color them accordingly

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Wide selection of hair colors

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Eyeballs and teeth

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Various accessories

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WIP of Beyonce’s head

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With Madame Tussauds herself

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Job well done Madame~

After we were done exploring the museum, we grabbed a quick bite and spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Hollywood

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The Dolby Theater where the Academy Awards is held every year

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Interesting elephants at the shopping mall

After exploring for a bit, we decided to grab an early dinner so we can turn in early that evening.

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Kurt took us to this Korean Restaurant

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Korean barbecue~ Yummmm!~

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 I ate more than I should have, but I regret nothing!

Instead of going back to my aunt’s place that evening, we spent the night at the W Hotel in Hollywood.  Kurt had won a free night stay here from a raffle he joined.

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The place was really posh and fancy.  We were worried that we were under-dressed when we arrived since the people in the lobby were wearing formal evening gowns and tuxes.  But it turned out that there was just a party there that night.

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Our living room/office area

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Bedroom

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Bathroom

I wish I was able to take more photos of the hotel, but we were exhausted from walking around all day.  If you watch the video that Kurt made, you can see how energetic and hyped up we were at the museum.  I barely had enough energy to shower that evening before going to bed.  But I had an amazing time so it was all worth it 😀

You can check out the video that Kurt made by clicking HERE.

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