Julia Roberts has been a Hollywood mainstay for decades. Many point to Steel Magnolias as her breakout role, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. While she didn’t win the coveted award that year, she did win in 2001 for Erin Brockovich, and has since been nominated for August: Osage County. Needless to say, over her iconic career, she’s developed quite a fanbase.
But it’s a particular fan named Kenny Santana who attended a Q&A about her upcoming TV Show Homecoming at the Toronto International Film Festival who is now in the spotlight. Turns out he flew all the way from Indonesia just to get a glimpse of the star in person.
The whole exchange was captured on Twitter…
When Julia Roberts realized a fan flew from Indonesia to see her, she went out into the audience, gave him a hug and a photo-op he'll never forget because, again, Julia Roberts is a damn treasure. #TIFF18 pic.twitter.com/7EUBF9l1tk
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) September 10, 2018
Julia Roberts can be heard saying…
“Look at your T-shirt, I’m in love with you. That’s incredible. What a good human you are”
Then, she invites him onstage, and when he can’t get down himself, she goes to get him, bringing him onstage with her.
Once they reached the stage she said…
“This is Kenny. He flew from Indonesia to be here today! Someone take our picture!”
And Santana made this post on Instagram…
The full caption reads…
“The 1 minute plus video when @juliaroberts hugged me on stage was finally uploaded by @tiff_net on its facebook (thank you TIFF). For full video click on my bio.
So there I was, humiliating myself on stage, 28 years since the first time I saw Pretty Woman. The first movie I ever watched twice in a cinema and made me (and the entire world) fall in love with @juliaroberts.
I changed my birthday trip when I knew Julia had two projects at this year’s @tiff_net; @homecomingtv and @benisbackmovie. Got my media accreditation, secured those two screenings first, prepared my question (it changes all the time ) for Julia in case there’s an q & a with her. I was hopeless when the moderator didn’t pick me until the last minute, but the lady sitting beside me, Pauline (who took the photo -scroll after the video) said I should try again and again. So I did. Coming to the @homecomingtvalone I also asked her to take video of me in case I did manage to ask Julia the question (that’s why I didn’t bring my smartphone on stage).
So when the moderator finally picked me, I stood up, Julia saw my @beloveappareltshirt, and I told her I waited 28 years for this, the rest is history.
When I arrived backstage she hugged me tight really. She also asked me what my name is, and I told her I flew from Indonesia, she hugged me again and told the audience “This is Kenny and he flew from Indonesia to be here tonight.” I said to her thank you for My Best Friend’s Wedding and thank you for Closer, for everything. And she took me on the stage to get our photo (and me having out of body experience) taken by the great @samesmail (I’m still waiting for the photo haha). And I also thank Mr. Esmail for bringing Julia to our homes.
Dreams do come true guys. And this one was beyond my imagination. If you knew how much I tried to meet her over the years…
Also I learned another thing yesterday; if you can make another human happy, however small it might seem, just do it. Thank you for making me so happy yesterday, @juliaroberts. And all these years. Thank you. “
People showered Julia Roberts with love…
I was outside with the rest of the crowd at Ryerson for “Homecoming” and she took the time to meet and sign autographs for as many fans as possible, truly a “Pretty Woman!” Thanks Julia!
— mikeyds (@mikey_ds67) September 10, 2018
What a lovely gesture. Julia Roberts shows why we love her to bits! Funny, human and humble. My kind of movie star.
— @gcca (@rbnoblebellnet1) September 11, 2018
She's beautiful inside and out…love her
— Four Louise (@manelsantos34) September 10, 2018
— Todd Can Do It (@Toddwick3D) September 11, 2018
We even got this little mystery solved…
what did the t shirt say?
— Joseph O'Brien (@BassLake0405) September 11, 2018
We are Family. Foundation for border families that Julia supports.
— Shireen Hakim (@WriterinaScarf) September 12, 2018
Some saved some praise for Santana…
AWWWWWW he is adorable!
— Lisa (@MissTotos) September 11, 2018
So cool! Fans are the heart.
— The Fashion Plate (@fashionplatemag) September 10, 2018
Wow! Both of them are so sweet
— Susie Oxenham (@susiedox) September 12, 2018
But most just couldn’t get enough of Julia…
What a great human being, both Julia Roberts(pretty woman) and great fan of her flew from Indonesia to meet her. Lots of respect.
— Dipankar (@Dipanka22725380) September 12, 2018
oh my God love you julia from indonesia
— Pusparini (@Puspari62854635) September 13, 2018
Amazing, She is such a beautiful person!
— krystyn (@krystyntwit) September 11, 2018
— Tim陳Chan (@Tim_Chan) September 10, 2018
Oh damn! She really is a treasure!
— Arnaldo Carrillo (@ArnCarrillo) September 11, 2018
Yes, she is. She is indeed.