my las vegas star sightings including puck and tony soprano

His perfectly manicured mini-mohawk that has become a symbol of his tough-guy-gone-crooner role on GLEE is what I noticed first. Then, I caught a glimpse of his bottom lip, and I knew it had to be him. Yes, there, just a few feet away from me stood Mark Salling, aka Noah “Puck” Puckerman.

My husband, Steve, and I were in Vegas, with a few of his buddies, and we were walking through the parking garage of our hotel, THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay, when I spotted Salling and a few of his friends standing in the taxi line waiting for a cab.

I non-discreetly hit Steve in the arm and non-whispered “Hey look, it’s Puck. It’s freaking Puck.” Thanks to some lubrication from liquid courage, I walked right up to him.

I am not certain as to what kind of gushiness came spewing out, but it went something like, “Just want you to know I really love your show. I’m a huge fan. You are awesome.”

Again, I’m not sure what I said, word-for-word, but basically, I completely GLEEked out. In retrospect I’m wishing I could’ve come up with something clever like, “Who’s a better kisser, Lea or her on-screen mom, Idina?” or, “Is hard to keep a straight face when Finn starts dancing?” but I am not very quick-on-my-feet, especially when nearly thirty hours into a Vegas weekend.

BUT, what I did have the cojones to say was, “Can I take your picture?” and, much to my delight, he graciously said “Sure.”

Thank god my husband is the wicked awesome guy that he is, he grabbed the camera from me and said, “hey Mary, hop in there, I’ll take it of the two of you.”

Puck Mark Salling star sighting
And there you have it, my two minute moment with the hunky Puckerman.

Additional celebrity sightings included:

Brooke Burke being interviewed by my husband’s co-worker, Ann Wessling, just before the Inaugural Stiletto Dash. It’s not the best pic of her, but look at those legs!

Celebrity Sightings at the Rock 'n' Roll Stiletto Dash in Las VegasThe Stiletto Dash was a fundraising off-shoot of the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which included one hundred and fifty women, and some men, running in 3″+ high heels, down a red carpet, through the middle of The Palazzo Casino. A few celebrities were there as well, including Brooke Burke. Check out the website for images and details of the Stiletto Dash.

James Gandolfini on the balcony of the Foundation Room on top of the Mandalay Bay. but I didn’t have the courage to say anything to him; too afraid I would get whacked.

Star Sightings in Las Vegas Foundation Room

And finallly, Casey Abrams, the former American Idol contestant who won my heart playing the stand-up bass.

Star Sightings in Las Vegas

I caught up with him after his sound check at the pre-race concert just before the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. That sighting was actually pre-arranged and I’ll be posting my interview later this week on What I can tell you is that he is as nice and unassuming as he seems on TV.

Stay tuned for more about my trip to Vegas, including the Five Must Do’s while in Vegas.



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    Frelle says:


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    mariana salerno says:

    Aggghhhhhh do you know how much I LOVE James Gandolfini!!!!!! Awesome sightings, sounds like a blast!

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    Galit Breen says:

    You? Make me star-struck! Go you!! xo

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    Kathleen @ SugarandSpice says:

    Cologne or Dial Soap? That is the question.

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    Chandra says:

    Mike mentioned seeing “Tony Soprano”. Glad you had a great weekend. I think Mike is just starting to recover :)

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    Jen says:

    HOly crap! You met Puck. I am forever jealous of you now.

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    Crystal says:

    LOL…at first I thought you meant Puck from Real World San Francisco. I have no idea who this Puck is – I feel out of touch. :)

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    You are the awesomest awesome mary I have every known!

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    Celeste says:

    You rock girl! Arghhh, SO wished u would of said “Hey” to James Gandolfini! LOVE him. Looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing..


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    You did better than I did. I probably would have asked to touch his mohawk or abs.

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    Amy B. says:

    Let’s be honest — if I’d been that close to him, I would have had to change my panties.

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