On the other side is Danny Fulgencio's recap from a Saturday evening spent, yet again, at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco -- this time, with recent Entertainment Weekly co-cover boy
Ian Somerhalder, star of The Vampire Diaries
. (So I'm told.) Me, I liked him just fine in The Rules of Attraction
. Speaking of, you should really
see the photo on the other side. Or the slide show
On Saturday, Hot Topic at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco hosted an autograph
signing extravaganza for Vampire Diaries stars Ian Somerhalder and Candice
Accola. Fans at the head of the
lengthy queue, set to start moving at 4 p.m., said they'd been waiting for seven hours.
When the floodgates opened, more than 500 girls, mothers,
grandmothers (and a few jealous boyfriends) streamed into Hot Topic to
welcome the cast members with camera phones, ear-piercing screams and shouts
of "Show us your six-pack!" in what largely amounted to a fun, giggling
swarm of estrogen.
Accola seemed slightly overwhelmed
by the enthusiasm; Somerhalder, though, lapped it up and hammed it up with
the ladies. Given the median age of his admirers, his flirtatious calls of
"Hey, babe!" and "How's it going, babe?" were not far off the mark. If the babe-moniker wasn't enough to make a gal blush, Somerhalder
periodically delivered a slow kiss to a lady's hand with a concurrent,
How many of those hands have still gone unwashed?
When Somerhalder greeted one bashful tweenie she stammered, "I can't talk."
"Why can't you talk?" He asked.
She replied, "I don't know."
After two hours of draining Sharpies, Somerhalder and Accola retreated while
Sounds Under Radio played a 25-minute set downstairs in the mall's lobby to
promote the Vampire Diaries soundtrack. Then Somerhalder and Accola hopped
on stage and fielded questions from the audience.
According to Accola, were it not for acting she would pursue music;
Somerhalder, marine biology, which drew a salvo of wild cheers, perhaps for
his post-Gulf Spill relief efforts ... or perhaps because he need only to
have smiled to receive applause.
When the stars exited stage right, a few teens blew past the stanchions to
catch a final glimpse.
Said one police officer at eve's end, "It's crazy. I don't think I've ever been that
excited about anything in my life."