What is the best story you have about being someone’s plus one to a party? The story about when you had a few decent interactions with strangers — I mean, definitely not great, but you got through them and it’s fine — and then went home early without having embarrassed yourself? UH-YEAH, maybe that is a pretty decent story, but Aaron Paul (back before he was even My Husband, Aaron Paul) went to the Prince of Brunei’s 25th-birthday in a castle in London as someone’s plus one, and he rode hovercrafts, put on mud boots, and had a heart-to-heart with Michael Jackson. So. From his profile in Details, via Warming Glow:
“We got there,” Paul says, “and I see all these mud boots, and there were all these sheep, like a thousand sheep, surrounding the castle, and I said, ‘Let’s go chase after them.’ So me and the prince and the princesses, Azemah and Fadzilah, all put on these mud boots and chased the animals.” Over the course of the weekend, Paul also broke one of the prince’s hovercraft. “Nobody else was riding them,” he says, “but if I have a chance to hovercraft around a castle, I’m going to hovercraft around a castle.”
Wait, what? The plural of hovercraft is hovercraft? What are mud boots?! Are they different from Mudd Boots? I hope so! “So me and the prince and the princesses.” Hahaha. Aaron Paul, I knew I married you for a reason. He then goes on to explain how, at the end of the night, someone grabbed him and said that the prince wanted to see him in the library:
So I go down there, and he’s sitting on the couch with Michael Jackson, and me and Michael Jackson end up having this hour-long heart-to-heart about family and upbringings, and I remember, he just put his arm around my shoulder and said, ‘You know, if you’ve had a rough childhood or not, it’s all about forgiveness. Once you realize that, it’s fine. Everything’s fine.’” Paul pauses, finds a shady spot beneath a tenth-century tower. “And I’m like, ‘Michael, you are absolutely right.’ And then I go, ‘Do you want to do a shot?’ And he goes, ‘Sure!’ And I was like, ‘Okay, Michael, let’s do this.’”
Right. You know, a party?