That time I went to Hollywood to interview my bff Kevin Costner #McFarlandUSAEvent #neverbeastbloggers #badhairday #BigHero6Bloggers

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Disney and the Walt Disney Animation Studios. I received an all-expense paid trip so that I could gather and share this information. However, all experiences and opinions are always 100% honest and my own.

What? You don’t believe me and Kev are BFF’s? Pssshhhh! Of course we are! 

I just got off a whirlwind trip of a lifetime. I still can’t believe I went on it. Pinch me! I’ve never been West of Missouri. That’s as far west as I’ve been. So to get to go to LA was a huge rush! Here’s some fun pics of my trip! Speaking of rush check out the traffic! 

los angeles trip

I live in a small town. Such a small town that I never have to deal with this kind of traffic. Oh, we have traffic but it’s mostly by the mall! haha! 

sheraton universal.

Here’s our hotel. It was such a great place to sleep at night. That’s about the only time we saw it! We were super busy! On the first day we watched McFarland USA. It was amazing. Such a great film with a good family message…you must see it! Then back to the hotel. The next morning we had a bit of time to kill so my trip bff Becky and I walked over to the Citywalk. 


Citywalk was a very short walk away. We had a blast there and had some lunch at Johnny Rockets! My first time eating there. It was pretty good! Then we headed out to our first media event with Big Hero 6. Here we are heading to the W Hotel in downtown LA.  

trip bff Becky

This is me and my trip BFF Becky who blogs over at Mom of 4 Boys. Not to be confused with my other bff Kev. 🙂 We had a blast together! The W Hotel is close to the Walk of Fame! So here’s my great pic of it from the bus…don’t judge the blur, I’m on a bus remember!

walk of fame

And the W Hotel was also close to Hollywood and Vine! 

hollywood and vine

I bet you’re wondering what the W Hotel looked like. Well it looked like it desperately needed a makeover! LOL It had mirrors everywhere and red carpet. Straight out of the 1980’s so it could have been made over. 

W hotel

Well I thought I took a pic. I’ll have to post it later when I find it or maybe Becky will share hers! Here’s Becky’s pic!

W hotel inside

So that’s my first two days in LA. The fun was still to be had. I had yet to interview Kev, Ginnifer or all the great actors and directors. Stay tuned tomorrow for my Fresh Off The Boat post! 

“McFarland, USA” releases February 20, 2015.

Keep up with all things “McFarland, USA” on Twitter, Facebook and the official“McFarland, USA” website

Check out my other McFarland posts: Intro to McFarland, my first trip post of what we did and where we went and my first exclusive interview with Kevin Costner.

And my Big Hero 6 posts where I introduce the directors to you, Fresh off the Boat where we speak with the executive producer and my Bad Hair Day movie review post and interview with Leigh Allyn-Baker. 

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  1. lol, BFF, I thought he was mine!! & I don’t want to share 😛 lol, just kidding..I had so much fun and loved meeting you!!!

  2. Stephanie Keeping says:

    It looks like you had a blast!! I bet it was fun meeting him.

  3. Glad to see you got home okay!

  4. Lucky you. We have to leave early to get to work just because of traffic.

  5. What an awesome trip! I am sure you had an amazing time!

  6. sklocinski says:

    Looks like a fun trip. Amazing!

  7. alicia0795 says:

    i have always wanted to go to hollywood! it looks so much fun!(:

  8. Laurie Nykaza says:

    Sounds like everyone had a great time and yes even for us who live here the traffic is bad but the weather is awesome! Have not seen the movie it looks good.

  9. I like him. That must have been fun. I’ve been to Hollywood but not to interview anyone. Just a vacation.

  10. mnsweeper says:

    How exciting~A trip of a lifetime for sure!

  11. Michelle C says:

    Looks like a fun trip!

  12. Nicole Dz says:

    What a fun and exciting trip, i have never been here, ever! Memorable experience.

  13. lindamanns says:

    It sounds like a wonderful time to me. We have to see this movie yet. I wish I could meet Kevin Costner. Thank you so much for sharing

  14. Stephanie Phelps says:

    That looked like so much fun except for the traffic of course and hey the 80’s weren’t that bad lol! Nice pictures!

  15. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    Looks like ya’ll had a blast! Can’t wait to run Fresh off the Boat post!

  16. Krystal Mead says:

    Our traffic is terrible at best. But I am glad you made it through and got to have the trip of a lifetime

  17. Heather Baker says:

    Sounds like a blast! Makes me homesick, for a second anyway I could do without the traffic :).

  18. sounds so exciting, great adventure, thanks for sharing!!

  19. Ashley says:


  20. Melissa Mazzur says:

    This looks like so much fun!!

  21. Denise N says:

    Looks like you had a blast, fantastic pics. Thanks for sharing your experience, it was fun to read about.

  22. lizzieabeth says:

    Look like have great time

  23. My daughter has been sent on a few of these things in California. She always enjoys them.I would be so nervous. Do they give you a list of questions to ask?

  24. Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time. The traffic is just unbelievable, I don’t know that I would have the patience to sit in that every day to go to work. Can’t wait to read your Fresh Off the Boat post!

  25. vickiecouturier says:

    looks like you had a good time,,I love traveling with a good friend

  26. denise low says:

    He is one of my favorite actors. You are so lucky. Thanks for sharing.

  27. lindamanns says:

    It sounds like you have some exciting things going on in your life. I wish I could meet Kevin Costner. What a neat thing to do. Thank you for sharing

  28. That sounds like so much fun and yes, that red carpet does look really dated! lol

  29. Michelle Castagne says:

    Sounds like you had a memorable trip!

  30. likeaboss590 says:

    Looks like you had a grand time seeing the W hotel and Hollywood!

  31. Cheryl Johnson says:

    Sounds like you guys had a really nice time even if you didn’t get your interview.

  32. sherry butcher says:

    sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Lee McKeon says:

    Wow how fun! And great memories!

  34. Sounds like you had a fun trip–full of memories with friends.

  35. simplystargazers says:

    I love staying at the Sheraton it’s a great hotel, your trip looked like fun!! I hope to go to Hollywood one day, never been, but wanna go!

  36. Megan Filzen says:

    Sounds like it was a really great time!

  37. kymi (@kymnasium) says:

    Love your big smiles! My smile would be wrapped around my head for a chance to meet Kevin Costner lol, so exciting especially with a BFF! Enjoyed the pics & post thank you for sharing.

  38. Tammy Cordery says:

    You are so lucky to be able to go to Hollywood.

  39. marla king says:

    This sounded like so much fun.

  40. Rebecca b says:

    Talk about whirlwind. I think my brain would explode!

  41. lisa ward says:

    I bet that was so much fun !!

  42. cheryl c. says:

    Hollywood is fun to visit, but the LA traffic is horrendous!

  43. The traffic is terrible there.I haven’t seen one of his movies in a while. I’ll have to see it.

  44. lindamanns says:

    I can’t wait to read the follow up on this wonderful trip. Hope you really had a good time. I am sure you did

  45. I’ve heard stories about the traffic in the LA area and I do not envy you driving in that mess! Still looks like a fun trip!!

  46. lizzieabeth says:

    It’s look like had fun

  47. Not many of us can say we got to interview Kevin Costner! Lucky you!

  48. micheleash1961 says:

    It really seems like you and your bff, Becky, had a terrific time! I’ve never been to Hollywood either! I’ve seen traffic like that before but in Philadelphia, not in the “burbs” where we live! I loved all the pictures you shared as well! Looks like you 2 had a blast! I would love to go away with a friend to somewhere I’ve never been! AS IF! Thanks for sharing your “fun” in Hollywood and all your pictures! I enjoyed reading it and checking out the pics! Thanks so much, Michele 🙂

  49. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

  50. PATTI SALINGER says:

    What? I thought Kevin was mine…

  51. Glad you’re having fun on your whirlwind tour of my city! You’ve already seem some of its tourist attractions – but try not to leave without a drive along Mulholland Drive, for some spectacular views of the city!

  52. Mary Alice Gibbons says:

    What an exciting trip. Kevin sounds fantastic, and is as nice as he seems to be.

  53. Christanna Tucker says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m glad you had a great time. Nice pictures. The hotel doesn’t look that bad. Still pretty even if it’s a little outdated. 🙂

  54. dawnb319 says:

    sounds like a blast

  55. lindamanns says:

    The hotel lobby looks beautiful. I would love to stay there and walk through through the many shops in the area. Thank you for sharing

  56. I used to work with a guy that closely resembled Kevin Costner. He probably thought I was strange. For the longest time, I’d just look at him. I knew he reminded me of someone but I couldn’t place the name. Finally, it came to me and I blurted it out.

  57. I’m so jealous of your whole trip, and meeting kevin costner

  58. elizabeth p says:

    How was the food? I always want to hear what people eat on dream trips like this.

  59. chrissy c says:

    Looks like a wonderful trip! I have never been to Hollywood but I would love to go!

  60. tiffany f says:

    Looks like an amazing trip so far!!! Great location for the hotel too, right in the middle of all the excitement!!!

  61. Tara L says:

    No fair. I would have loved to go. Kevin is a good actor

  62. Sue Hull says:

    It sounds like you guys had so much fun. I hate the traffic in L.A. The best thing there is Disneyland.Thats where Ive been.Ive never been to Hollywood or the Walk of Fame.I love Kevin Costner! I want to see that movie just to see him. Id be so star struck and drool all over myself. LOL!!

  63. M.Clark says:

    It sounds like you had a great time, congrats on getting to interview Kevin Costner. Thank you for sharing this post.

  64. Sara M says:

    I would have been so nervous!! I’m glad you had a great time. Looked like an awesome trip.

  65. robyn donnelly says:

    I have been to hollywood many years ago and I can’t say that I was too impressed. Glad you had a good time.

  66. California is a nice place to visit. I wasn’t too impressed with Hollywood Blvd. It wasn’t what I expected. I’d like to go back when I have more time to spend.

  67. How lucky are you? A trip of a lifetime! From what I understand, Kevin Costner is as nice a person as he is a great actor! (And easy on the eyes too! lol)

  68. Arlyn Vargas says:


  69. denise low says:

    WOW!!! You are very lucky. Bet you have a great time.

  70. lindamanns says:

    I would love to have a trip like this. I am so happy for you. Thank you for sharing.

  71. barbara langley says:

    What a fun trip. I have not done any traveling,but this looks fun.

  72. lindamanns says:

    I sure hope the weather and the temperature was great for you. Let your hair down and enjoy

  73. I wonder what the actors think when they go for an interview and see a mommy blogger. They’re probably used to it by now, I suppose.

  74. Michelle S says:

    My daughter’s entire cross country team is going to see this in two weeks. Then out for pizza to talk about it. She is so looking forward to it.

  75. Diane (@snarky_1) says:

    Wow, it really looks and sounds like you had a great time. I’m in a small town myself. I don’t mind traffic in “the big city”..which for me would be Cleveland, as long as I’m not the driver.

  76. laurie damrose says:

    I bet that was a lot fun<3

  77. Cheryl Williams says:

    Looks like you had a great time!!

  78. amanda assencoa says:

    looks like fun

  79. kerri hughes says:

    I have always wanted to go to Hollywood, heck even Cali for that matter.

  80. lindamanns says:

    I hope you had a wonderful and got to see as much as you could while there. Thank you for sharing

  81. MamaBlamer says:

    Sounds you had a lot of fun. You are so lucky.

  82. Was the food any good? Odd question, I always wonder though. When my husband goes to lunch at work I ask him the same question.

  83. How fun!!!!! The trip of a lifetime I’m sure. Savor the memories. Go big or go home, right?!

  84. That is so exciting! I couldn’t imagine how nervous I’d be to interview a big Hollywood star like that!

  85. denise low says:

    You lucky girl. He is one of my favorite actors.Thanks for sharing.

  86. Deborah Gullett says:

    Went to Hollywood in the 70’s but didn’t see Kev!

  87. janet aycock says:

    soumds like you had a great time

  88. Tara L says:

    Once in a lifetime kinda thing huh. Hope you had a good time.

  89. Diana C says:

    Wow, I’ve never been to LA, sound like you and your 2 bff’s had a good time!

    Diana C

  90. On the actual interview page, there is no comment section. I’m putting it here to claim my entry for the day. I hope that’s okay. For two days, I’ve checked and there was no comment area. Anyways, he seems like a nice, down to earth guy. I would have been so nervous, I’d probably forget the questions. You kept your cool and did a great job!