David Harbour obsesses over awkward social situations he’s been in


David Harbour is promoting his role at Hellboy, that comes out in April, and season three of Stranger Things, which comes out in July. I think David would be really fun to grab a beer with, except that I don’t care for beer, so he could have mine. He seems so relaxed and tells a good story. After watching his segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live, it seems David and I would have plenty to talk about since both if us obsess over missteps in our social interactions:

You look very snazzy
This guy, Cifonelli, made this suit for me it’s really great… but it might be the last time he makes me a suit. I went in for an awkward hug. I love this suit, I mean, look at these lapels. We were shaking hands at the end I just got so excited, I was like, “Lorenzo, I just love the suit.” And I went in and as I was going in, I knew it was a bad idea. Like I had that moment, you know, but I pushed past. I was like, this is going to be fine, I have confidence. He took it like a wet fish, sort of, and just went limp as I, this large American man came in and hugged him. I knew it was wrong and I went out and we shaked and I left. I just had an entire five hours afterwards in which I was like, “I shouldn’t have hugged him.” I spent five hours in Paris going, like, “oh, this baguette’s delic… I shouldn’t have hugged him.”

Are you that type, where you obsess over things like that?
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. Especially awkward social things like that

Do you ever plan them ahead? Do you imagine a simple interaction?
Sometimes. But it never works out. And it always seems to be lacking. This is the story of my life, social interactions just falling short.

I do the baguette thing all the time. I’m doing something completely unrelated when a random, minor infraction I’d done years back pops in my head and it turns my whole mood. And as for trying to plan interactions prior to having them *raises hand*. I went to a Christmas party this past December and I planned all these pithy comments in an attempt to dazzle the other party goers. And then no one spoke to me at the party – it was so awkward. Like hovering-behind-people-chatting-looking-for-an-in awkward. I guess if David and I do go for that beer, we’ll just spend the evening cringing and smacking our heads.

David also spoke about his Twitter escapades like how taking the high school photo with a fan led to him actually getting ordained and marrying some fans in his Sheriff Hopper outfit. He spent the last two minutes of the clip talking about how sophisticated the monkeys in India are. Okay, so if we go out for that beer, we’ll spend one third of the time cringing, another third on monkey talk and the last third on whether the discussion is at all like we’d practiced in the mirror before we left the house. And maybe just a quick mention of how much I dislike his new beard shape.



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  1. Barrett says:

    I love him. He’s so honest and real! I feel like a member of his awkward tribe.

    • Esmom says:

      You pretty much took all the words out of my mouth, lol.

      I recently started a new job and at our first team meeting I think I talked too much. I keep replaying that in my head. We had our second team meeting this week and I was so self conscious, trying to keep my yap shut.

  2. teehee says:

    LOL this is true for us all 😛

  3. Neners says:

    This speaks to my soul!

  4. FHMom says:

    I never heard of him, but now I need to see him in something. He’s too charming to ignore.

  5. Erinn says:

    I’m head over heels for this guy. It’s ridiculous. There’s something about him that’s so naturally, effortlessly, attractive. He’s just this big, burly, super charming man.

  6. Lucy says:

    Such a good guy, that Harbour. He’s an excellent actor, too. You know whom I’d really like to see him working with? Rory McCann (The Hound!). I feel like they’d be great together.

  7. manda says:

    Omg, so much awkwardness in this post! I have so much sympathy for your solo cocktail party story. I dread going to things alone for that very reason, it is so hard to talk to strangers that all seem to know each other!

  8. Insomniac says:

    I am SO the same way. I’ll lie awake at night going “Ugh, why did I do/say that!?” over things from years ago. It sucks.

    • Harryg says:

      Yup, me too. Many many many years ago when I didn’t get that joke someone told, or no one got the pathetic joke I told, or whatever. Never – erased – from – my – brain. It’s painful but also sort of hilarious.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I’m so glad I’m not alone in that. I immediately recognized everything Hecate wrote, because I’ve done it or it’s happened to me.

  9. Sayrah says:

    Ah the joys of social anxiety. Been there too david.

  10. Dttimes2 says:

    I obsessed recently over a comment on a facebook post from a “friend”. I wasn’t sure if it was a serious comment or a joke. After hours of anxiety, i unfriended her….then spent hours wondering if i did the right thing. But after reflection i realized even though we worked together for years and often lunched together that after i left the job she made zero effort to stay in touch and that she was really a sneaky try to get ahead smiling at my face while twisting the knife in my back…so yah screw her.

  11. KBeth says:

    I adore him, Sheriff Hopper is sexy : )

  12. NeoCleo says:

    Total Teddy-bear of a guy. I just want to pinch those cheeks!!!!

  13. Usedtobe says:

    Love him to bits! He is the only reason I will go watch Hell Boy.
    Remember those Tide ads he did during the Superbowl a year or two back. Those were classic. He’s awesome.

  14. wildflower says:

    I do the “I carried a watermelon” thing all the time, too.

  15. Toast says:

    We all do this from time to time, don’t we?!