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Chris O'Dowd has 'awkward' celeb encounter

Chris O'Dowd has recalled a "terribly awkward moment" with Jerry Seinfeld.

The Irish actor isn't used to being famous yet. The Bridesmaids star gets tongue tied around other celebrities, particularly if he has little common ground with them.

"Oh, for sure [I get star struck]. I met Clint Eastwood. What the f**k? And Jerry Seinfeld. I went to see him at The O2 and met him after," Chris told British magazine Shortlist. "We had this really funny moment where we were having pictures taken. I'm quite a tactile person and I put my arm around him. And he said, 'I don't know if it's necessary for a man to put his hand on another man's waist.' So I can still manage to be terribly awkward in the presence of famous people."

The down-to-earth star will appear in Judd Apatow's mid-life crisis comedy This Is 40 and has sitcom appearances scheduled into his busy diary. The 32-year-old's career is driven by his ambitious personality, but he still regards himself as laidback.

"You can be both," Chris continued. "I definitely have a lot of things I want to do. So I'm not embarrassed or ashamed about having ambition and wanting to do things. If I wasn't, then I'd still be working in a bar somewhere."

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