Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and President Barack Obama all made their way to NYC on Thursday. With threatening weather, traffic at a complete stand still, tight security and tween girls at every corner of Manhattan, The Big Apple was beyond the word chaotic. OK! was invited to the exclusive Teen Vogue screening of Selena’s new movie Monte Carlo. The Loews Lincoln Square Theatre was transformed into a red carpet affair, complete with screaming girls, groupie moms and celebrities.
The elegant Andie MacDowell, who plays Selena’s mother in the flick, joined the premiere with her two gorgeous daughters Rainy Qualley and Sarah Margret.
Andie shared that she was very impressed with Selena’s professionalism and the way she handles the pressures of stardom at only 18 years old.
“It can be really difficult but that was one of the things I was so impressed about working with Selena,” Andie told reporters. “I was amazed; honestly she is just a great kid. Her mom has really done a wonderful job.”
She added: “She is just like a normal kid; there is nothing arrogant about her. She is very humble, professional and thoughtful.”
As Andie continued to make her way inside, a surreal feeling of anxiety and excitement swept the carpet.
Fans faces froze as a black Escalade approached the corner. Chanting and tears filled the area as cameras prepped for a grand celebrity entrance. Was it Selena? Was it Justin? Was it Selena with her leading man?
It was silent until the vision of blonde hair reached the red carpet — it was Justin!
The 17-year-old teen dream walked with confidence and rushed inside as the screams progressed louder and louder! Andie’s youngest daughter Sarah, still on the red carpet, began to cry!
“I don’t know what came over me,” she told OK!.
Stephen Baldwin also hit the carpet with with his two daughters Alia and Hailey.
“Selena is a great model for sure, and there isn’t that many out there,” Stephen told OK!. “She has terrific head on her shoulders and great business sense. And I am told that her mother is real close by, so she is fortunate and blessed, has great talent.”
Stephen also dished about his new projects and directing for the first time.
“Yeah, I am getting ready to direct my first feature this year, I got a few opportunities so I have to see which ones come up and I am doing some writing and producing so I can stay home and keep an eye on my girls, and I have been asked to do a TV series out in L.A,” he said.
The stunning and witty Katie Cassidy worked the red carpet in a form fitting hot pink lace mini dress, that was simply to-die-for.
“It was crazy, but it was France! It was amazing. We got to stay at the hotel we filmed at so that was really nice,” Katie told OK! about filming in Monte Carlo.
Katie also shared that she enjoyed the nights off hanging out with Selena and their other co-star Leighton Meester in the hotel room, and hitting the beach while on location for filming. “Selena is so sweet, it was great to work with the girls, we will be friend for a long time,” Catie told reporters.
She also shared that she will be filming a new film Freaky Deaky with Matt Dillon.
As the red carpet came to an end, fans, who were wet from the days downpours, waited anxiously for America’s new, young sweetheart, Selena.
As all the fans outside were waiting patiently, Justin was locked in a bathroom, until security and NYPD could control the madness of extreme Beliebers!
“There she is,” screamed a little girl on her father’s shoulders.
The crowd began chanting once again, for Bieber’s love had arrived.
OK! asked how she was feeling after a hectic week of appearances.
The beautiful and healthy looking singer/actress said, “I’m great. Thank you so much.”
In a light blue dress with soft curls and delicate makeup, Selena glowed for her big night. Selena told reporters that the location was her favorite memory.
As far as summer plans and any summer vacations, Selena told reporters, “I am on tour all summer with my band, all summer, so that’s my vacation.”
So you’re dying to know, right? Did The Biebs and Selena sit together? Did they kiss? Did they hold hands?
Yes, to all of the above!
Once Justin was released free from his detainment in the bathroom, he joined Selena in the theater. More eyes were on them than the movie, which was absolutely adorable and hysterical. A total must-see!
Justin held Selena, they shared popcorn, and best of all? Justin kissed Selena’s hand before he sat down to join her.
In the movie, Selena’s character kisses a love interest.
The crowd began shouting “It’s okay she has Justin!” Girls were hanging off balconies and stairwells just to catch a glimpse of the affectionate couple. All in all, the premiere was a success and the movie was fabulous!
Plus, it’s always great to see Jelena cozying up!
By Michelle Costa