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Steve Carell Finally Met Kelly Clarkson, 13 Years After Screaming Her Name In ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’

13 years ago, Steve Carell had one of the most recognizable cinematic comedy moments of the past two decades. While getting his chest waxed in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, he screamed out many things while enduring great pain, eventually coming to what became the movie’s defining line: “NOOO, KELLY CLARKSON!”

Since then, Carell and Clarkson have been forever connected in pop culture lore, but they had never actually met each other. That changed last night at the Golden Globes, though: Today, Carell posted a photo of the two of them taken at the ceremony, both sporting giddy smiles, and captioned it, “Finally.” Clarkson retweeted the picture and added, “One of my favorite moments of my life! I love you and your lovely wife!”

Back in November, Clarkson expressed disappointment that the two had never met, telling Today‘s Willie Geist, “I have yet to meet Steve Carell, and I want to be like, ‘So, was it a compliment?’ […] It was pretty hilarious. I do feel gypped, though, because I’ve never met him and I’m a huge fan. It was kind of a pop culture moment, and I haven’t even met him.”


In a behind the scenes clip from the set of the movie, Carell seems to initially underestimate how much getting waxed is going to hurt. While he was laying on the table after the deed had been done, though, Carell said that although there’s a lot of acting in the movies, the pain was very real: “I can now empathize with every woman who has ever had her legs waxed or gotten a bikini wax. I salute you, my comrades.”

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