Yes, I'm still alive.. Who knew, right?
Anyway.. If you don't know me, my name is Marina and I joined this platform in 2012 as a wee thing and was dubbed the 'tjthyne.com baby' by some. More on that later. During the years, I've fallen in and out of love with Bones but I've always had a soft spot for mr TJ Thyne in my heart. Consider me extremely excited to hear about the fact TJ, Eric and Tamara were coming to Europe, only to find out that Wales would not be an option for me. This was followed by a bit of grief. HOWEVER, consider me double excited when I learned that TJ and Tamara were coming to GCC Dortmund! So here's the tale of my experience of meeting the King of the Lab:
7AM: The Bones panel at the con starts at 11:40AM, and generally the drive to Dortmund is about two hours. Thus, we thought that leaving at 7AM would allow for enough time to get there on time. Sadly, Europe was exactly at this time hit with massive snow and the roads were awful. I ran into the building at 11:00 (that's 4 hours rather than 2!), only to be in a queue for about 40 minutes to even get in the venue. As it was extremely crowded, it took me another 10 minutes to get to the main stage where TJ and Tamara had been having their panel for equal that time.
BUT, this was still the first time I would be (sort of) face to face with TJ (and Tamara). The first like 8 rows of seats were reserved for those with VIP, so we had to sit quite far back. TJ also commented on this during the panel, expressing his wish that we wouldn't all be so far away. Hopefully, the GCC will upload the video of the panel somewhere, seeing as the audience was not allowed to film at all. I only got to see about 10 minutes of the 20-minute panel. Fans were also allowed to come to the mic and ask them a question. Nervous and socially anxious but excited me ofcourse went for it!
Personally, I asked TJ and Tamara about their work together on the film Shuffle they made together. They said they loved my question, first of all, and that they loved working together on it. Also, it wasn't that much different from working on Bones together, seeing as they've grown close, but they did find it a little awkward during the romantic photoshoot where Tamara's character was pregnant with Lovell's baby and he had to hold her close. I must admit to not remembering much else from the panel, but I'll sumarise what I can remember:
- TJ's favorite season was season 2 (Something about more in-depth character relations)
- He's still extremely proud of being crowned king
- Also still proud of his long and complicated words
- Tamaras second day on set after her audition was basically an entire day of her shooting her big dialogues and everyone standing around
12:00PM: the10 minutes of the panel I got to see were over and it was time to calm down from the running and the adrenaline.
3:00PM: I get myself to the venue for the photoshoot. Lines, here too, were slow and crowded, so I wanted to be on time for my 15:40 shoot with both TJ and Tamara. Figured I 'd get them both in one go. The con had not really paid attention to the amount of shoots they were selling I think, because all shoots were massively overcrowded and caused massive delays. For my photoshoot, I had brought TJ a captains'hat and Tamara a pair of cats ears, for a lil throwback to their Titanic Captain and Catwoman costumes. However, because of all the delays, the photoshoot had to happen in like less than 5 seconds per person. I barely had time to give TJ the hat, and it was over just like that.
At the photoshoot, I met this other Dutch Bones fan who I continued to hang out with after that. Just before the shoot, I had gone up to TJ's manager/friend Brennan to ask what the best opportunity would be to give TJ and Tamara the little dutch trinkets and their headwears, and he told me the best would be at the end of the con when the autograph line had died down. And oh my I'm glad I did, because now came the best part of my day!
5:30PM: TJ's line was still a bit crowded, but Tamara's had died down so I then went to get myself an autograph and to chat a little. She loved my gifts and we were able to chat a little for a few minutes as well. Such a lovely (and beautiful) woman!
When it was time to stand in TJ's line, I got a little giddy and felt like a bit of a dork. I had printed out a screenshot I had found from back in 2012 when I was talking to Sharon (hey there!) in the chat box and he came on and said hi. Showing him this rewarded me with a second Thyne hug. Ladies and gents, the legend is true, they're amazing. He told me he remembered talking to Sharon about me being so young compared to most women on the website then xD. When I presented him with aforementioned Captains hat, he gave me another (that no 3!) hug and told me he thought I was too sweet. Then he started twisting and turning and said something in the likes of "there's something I want to do but I don't want to get yelled at." and during that time he repeated that several times while trying to call over Brennan. Turned out, he wanted to sign the hat and give it back to me as a reminder, but at this con they were being really strict (charges for autographs, someone was asked to pay double to get something special signed because "that would be worth more") but this other sweet lady who was helping him and Tamara sneaked him a Sharpie and he signed it for me ahaha. He (and Tamara) did the same thing for this Dutch woman I'd met to sign a Bones tshirt of hers). I'm pretty sure that in the end we probably got to talk to him for about 5-10 minutes, but its really quite a blur. I remember him asking me what I did in daily life but i'm not quite sure I gave a coherant answer.. He also gave me a Thyne care package (Thanks momma Thyne!) at some point, accompanied with another hug. He does love his hugs!
After the chats and sneaky autographs, we gave us a last hug and told me it was lovely to meet me (Probaby says that to everyone, but hey, I'll take it! ahaha). By then he was basically getting dragged away by the con people.
*deep exhale* so that is about what happened on my day of meeting the lovely TJ Thyne. So lovely and sweet, I can see why Validation works so well with him in that role!
The day went by in a haze, but he's truly one of the sweetest and most passionate people I've ever met, and I truly recommend everyone to go get one of those hugs should you get the chance.
I'm going to go and enjoy my memories now!
PS: I posted some pictures on my Twitter @duisterhoor should you be interested
EDIT: I forgot to mention that when I talked to him about this website and meeting so many of you lovely ladies on here in this great community, he mentioned that he "should really get back on here and do another chat sometime" sooo :0)