There are millions of people who wish they could hobnob with their fave celebs, and then there's Vanessa Sky Ellis: a 25-year-old woman who spends nearly every waking moment (that she's not bartending) combing the streets of New York City stalking celebrities. Not in the Thomas Brodnicki way (he threatened to kill "Spring Breakers" star Selena Gomez), the Livia Bistriceanu way (she believed Leo DiCaprio was her husband), or the Greg Broussard way (he thought Halle Berry was stalking him… in his actual dreams). Ellis just really, really wants to meet you -- if you're famous.
As revealed in this clip from the upcoming episode of TLC's "My Crazy Obsession," she has more than 10,000 pictures of herself with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, and Nicolas Cage; many of these shots double as wallpaper for her apartment. And she's not shy: If she thinks you might be famous, she's going to ask -- as evidenced by her approaching a guy on the street whom she thought was in One Direction; he seemed less than flattered by the inquiry.
"I'll go after whoever, whenever," Ellis says about her vice. (That's comforting.) It's not all creepy though: When she runs into comedian and "Sex and the City" star Mario Cantone, she politely asks if she can take a picture, does so, and then moves on.
Does she have a favorite celebrity? "To me, there's no such thing as a celebrity being an A-lister or a B-lister or a C-lister. They're all celebrities," she says, flashing pics of herself with Zac Efron, Alan Cummings, Al Sharpton, and Jason Tam (she has numerous shots with the soap star).
Her Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages tell a different story, though. The story being that she's "Jersey Shores Real Pauly D stalker!" as it reads in her Twitter bio, along with "@djpaulyd #1 fan Pauly Ds in my basement djing for me." (She must not be obsessed with apostrophes.) Her Facebook wall also has numerous references to Pauly D.
In fact, if you watched the hit MTV reality show, you might remember her as the fan slinking around Seaside Heights in a Pauly D hat during Season 5, trying to meet the DJ. MTV even reported that she tried to crash the "Jersey Shore" premiere party, but was turned away despite flashing pics of herself with Johnny Depp and Nicki Minaj.
Hey, look on the bright side -- she could translate this obsession into a lucrative career as a paparazzo.
To learn more about Ellis and her celebrity-stalking ways, tune in to "My Crazy Obsession" on Wednesday, 4/3 at 10 PM on TLC.
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