How to ask a celebrity on a date

A 26-year-old girl with cancer asked actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a date via YouTube. The video has gone viral and sparked major media interest. Here’s how she did it. Wonder if Gordon-Levitt is paying attention.

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I recently wrote a story about how she’s using social media to talk about her illness. After writing the story, I booked a flight to Los Angeles so I could visit her.

Before my trip, Miller told me that she’d like to go on a date with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, star of the recent movie that deals with cancer, “50/50.”

Miller and I used to work together at Ragan Communications (publisher of PR Daily). We decided that with our combined knowledge of writing about how companies make viral videos, we could make one of our own. In it, she briefly explains her situation—and then asks out a movie star.

We created the 30-second video last night. At 10 p.m., we had 45 views. This morning, we’ve had more than 760 views.

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