This photo has been decades in the making.
The Chinese have a term called yuanfen, which Wikipedia defines as "fateful coincidence" and my parents defined simply as people who were meant to run into each other over and over.
I have this with Dante Basco.
The Endless Saga of Sophia's Yuanfen with Dante Basco
I first saw him as the leader of the lost boys when I was in elementary school in New York.
10 years later I moved to Hollywood with a pair of flip-flops and a newly minted degree from Harvard that did absolutely nothing for my career as a film and TV actor. (It's also way more freezing here than the pictures show.)
After accosting Ang Lee at an awards ceremony (who already knew who I was because my mother had accosted him in Asia a few weeks ago), I saw HIM.
That was the very first time we exchanged numbers, which I'm sure he kept framed by his bedside.
You can READ THE FULL ACCOUNT HERE. Needless to say, I never saw Rufio again.
My bookworm friends forced me to watch Airbender, where Dante had become Zuko. I featured him on my old YA writing blog as the October Crush of the Month and it immediately became the #1 read post.
Then this happened:
The decade-long disappearance (and name misspelling) is immediately forgiven.
Just another day visiting the headquarters of Screen Actors Guild for a singing workshop.
Walking out of SAG is him.
"Dante! I'm Sophia Chang."
"Oh, I follow your blog."
When he heard I was a writer we exchanged contacts again.