Back in July, I made a Chuck minifig, with the plans of making some more later. Well, here they are! So far, I’ve added Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) and John Casey (Adam Baldwin), both in their promotional season 1 outfits. And, of course, there’s also Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi), AKA The Intersect, depending on who you ask.
I might be posting some more images for the figures on their gallery page on the site really soon. I just wanted to make absolutely sure I got this posted today, and not too terribly late.
Now, just a fair warning… I’m about to get into a very long, very personal topic of how much Chuck means to me, and how much the star of the show, Zachary Levi, has done to inspire me.
It’s this inspiration that’s kept me going for quite a long time now, and that’s been inspiring me to start improving myself – and revitalized my ability to try to follow my dreams.
So, let’s start with where it all began: with Chuck. Then I’ll move on to talk a little bit about Zachary Levi and just how amazing he is, and I don’t mean that lightly or jokingly.
I’m late to the party when it comes to Chuck. It’s not really something I like to admit, but there it is. I found it on Netflix not really all that long ago, but once I did find it, I was hooked. It’s easily one of the best things I’ve ever seen, and I’m a very picky person – I don’t watch TV, really (which is why I missed out on the show in the first place), and what few movies and other things I do watch or play, I can enjoy, but I don’t often say I love them. Well, I love Chuck.
I found the show at a time when I sorely needed more inspiration, and it immediately provided everything I was looking for. The cast is perfect, the writing is superb, and literally everything about it is simply beautiful. It’s funny, it’s romantic, it’s touching, it’s exciting, and I could throw a lot more adjectives out there, but long story short, it’s absolutely everything anyone could want from a story – or it is, at least, everything I’ve ever wanted.
I was extremely glad that I had Chuck, too. I was having a very rough semester in graduate school, and sometimes I genuinely felt like the only thing getting me through it was knowing that I had a new Chuck episode to watch each night. I timed it out perfectly to coincide with the end of the semester, and then I watched the entire series again over the summer, this time showing it to my entire family. I’ve been rewatching episodes this semester as well, and I fully plan to watch the entire series again from beginning to end, showing it to my Grandma, who very much enjoys a good TV show with some mystery, action, humor – I’m sure she’ll love it.
Back to the point, Chuck gave me life again and inspired me when nothing else could. But, at the same time I started getting into the show for the first time, I started getting into the cast. In particular, I discovered someone who is now my greatest inspiration: Zachary Levi.
I’ll try to keep the gushing to a minimum, but no promises. So, the first Chuck minifig that I made, I made in July, so that I could take it with me to the stage door for the musical revival She Loves Me, a Broadway show playing at Studio 54 in New York City. That was this one…
I’d never been to NYC, but I was going with the sole purpose of getting to see Zachary Levi perform. Without writing a whole separate blog post about that right this minute (that’s actually something I’d like to do in the future), it was beyond everything I dreamed. That was the single greatest night of my life, without a shadow of a doubt.
After the show, I got to meet Zac at the stage door, and it was absolutely surreal. I – unfortunately – don’t even remember if I said anything (I don’t think I did, because I was physically incapable of forming speech, and I’ll continue regretting that every day until I get another chance to talk to him, hopefully at Nerd HQ when I get to go for the first time).
Zac was the kindest, sweetest, most genuine, fun, energetic, warmest human being I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with or even being near. He kept everything lively (he even brought music!), he was genuinely happy to be there, and he made absolutely sure everyone there was satisfied before they left. He had it down to a system: autographs, pictures.
I was wearing my Nerd Herd shirt, so he immediately picked me out in the crowd. Without going into detail, it both made me want to hide and filled me with fangirl euphoria. As I said, it was the time of my life. And I got to take a picture with him.
I had planned to give him both the minifig I’d made, and my family and friends (including some fellow Zac fans) had also encouraged me to give him a copy of my first novel, Wulfgard: Knightfall.
Well, when the time came, I freaked out and didn’t give them to him. My big brother (you probably know him as Saber-Scorpion) had to all but shove me in front of Zac again and then make me give him the stuff. Zac, being Zac, was nicer than I ever could’ve imagined, and he seemed to genuinely appreciate the gifts.
I’ll admit, when I gave him a copy of my book, I was afraid he might think I was just trying to advertise or something, but once I gave it to him, I think he really did understand: I was giving it to him out of admiration. Without getting too sappy here and into too many details, it meant the world to me to have him accept my gifts and, even more, tell me how much he appreciated them. I never in my life would’ve expected something like that from someone like him, or even that he would bother taking the time to talk to me, but Zachary Levi is a far cry from a lot of celebrities you hear about. I had come into this expecting him to be nice, as I’d been told he was, but I truly had no idea just how wonderful a person he is.
He didn’t have to do anything that he did – he didn’t have to come out to the stage door, like he does after every show; he didn’t have to systematically make sure everyone got autographs and a photo; he didn’t have to put up with me coming back again after I’d gotten just a little more courage so that I could talk (I still can’t remember if I actually talked…) to him and give him those gifts; he didn’t have to take time to speak to me and shake my hand; he didn’t have to take time to do any of the things he did that night. All he had to do was perform (which he, of course, did beautifully, and he was even greater at it than even I could’ve imagined), but he did all of it, because that’s who he is.
I cannot express the depths of everything I felt that night. I can’t even begin to, so I’m not sure if I should try. I might come across as a rambling, sobbing mess. But, to try and keep it short, just that one brief interaction with Zachary Levi, him looking me in the eye and shaking my hand, has changed my entire life and my outlook on everything. That one moment has kept me inspired ever since July 2nd of this year, and it will keep inspiring me from here on out, along with Chuck and my memories of getting to experience She Loves Me on Broadway – which was such an experience in itself that it made me remember why I so desperately want to get into the entertainment industry. These are memories I’ll cherish for the rest of my life, whether I ever get to meet him again for even as brief an amount of time, whether at Nerd HQ or somewhere else, and whether I ever get to see him in another show.
Look, let me try to explain: Zachary Levi is, in my opinion, the most amazing person on the planet. I already mentioned how kind and genuine he is. He cares about his fans, and he takes a gracious plenty of time out of his life to make them happy. He does this because he believes in them, and he believes in everyone. He is not only a fantastic actor and entertainer in general, but he is a fantastic person, and that’s so very important. He’s inspired me to both pursue my dreams and to become a better person.
So, this post has gotten extremely long, and at this point I’m not sure I’ve even said many of the things I wanted to say. I guess I’d better slow down and check myself before I go completely overboard, especially since a journal of my day in NYC is something I want to write on its own as well.
But, long story short, the show Chuck changed my life – and Zachary Levi changed my life, as well. He’s given me new direction, new hope, and his inspiring words at events like Nerd HQ (and the fact that he does events like Nerd HQ, coming to the stage door after every show, and everything else he does for everyone– which is a lot, just go and check out how great a person he is!) have driven me onward at a time when I needed it most.
I still rewatch Chuck to keep me going, and I will always turn to Zac’s words of wisdom and his leading by example when it comes to following your dreams and, even more importantly, just being a good person. Or, in Zac’s case, a wonderful person.
I’m posting all this right now because today is Zachary Levi’s 36th birthday. So, happy birthday, Zac – you’re an incredible inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you for everything, and for taking time to be with your fans. I hope you know how much you’re loved and how many lives you touch and how much inspiration you give. God bless you.
Whew! That sure was a lot. Sorry to anyone reading this who has never understood the depths of my feelings for Chuck and for Zac in general. I still feel as if I’ve barely scraped the surface.
I’m hoping to make some more Chuck figs in the future, including the Buy Morons, Ellie and Awesome, and some more outfits for Chuck, Sarah, and Casey, especially from some later seasons.
Until next time!