How did you meet your best friend? Was it at school? Work? Or like most of us, in an unlikely place. Friendship and socialization is a very important in our lives and make it more fulfilling. And coming to the big screen in September is the tale of an unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and a clerk from India. The movie is based on a true story, and looks absolutely amazing.
Since Sunday is National Friendship day, I thought I’d share how I met one of my good friends – and still give her crap about to this day. Billie actually writes here occasionally, but she’s also a blogger at Life Outside the Lab and she lives only 20 minutes from me. We hadn’t actually met until we were both at a conference in New York City together a couple years ago. Although we were physically close in location, our only interactions were online through small campaigns. While at a networking party she recognized me from a party and ran up to introduce herself. She was bold, direct and it took me by surprise. I always joke she accosted me in New York and I haven’t gotten rid of her since. Now, it’s nice to have someone to hang out with, go to events with and even just kick back and have a drink with. I’m not sure why we both had to go to New York to meet, but it was definitely a different way to kick start a friendship!
Another good friend and I connected through a secret Santa exchange in a group. I was concerned she wouldn’t like the gift because everyone I knew from her area had been snobby in the past. Five years later, she laughs at how she’s the snobby one!
This weekend, celebrate your friends and what they bring to your life! And be sure to check out more about Victoria & Abdul below including the trailer. Victoria & Adbul is scheduled to release on September 22nd!
Watch the Victoria & Abdul Trailer Here:
About Victoria & Abdul:
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
Director: Stephen Frears (“The Queen,” “Philomena,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents”)
Writer: Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), based on Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu
Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar
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