Fan Fun with Damian Lewis is four years old today!
Here we are, a bunch of inspired fans, 1461 days, 890 blog posts and over 1.1 million views from 211 countries later… absolutely thrilled and totally beaming about how far we have come thanks to YOU!
Four years may not be a very long time in a blog’s life, but it is a real milestone in its own right — at least a very good excuse to thank YOU, our readers, for the overwhelming love and support you have given us over the years! As we are collectively sharing Damian Lewis FUN, you are making our dream come true! Here is a BIG thank you to each and every one of you for reading us, following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, giving us feedback and spreading the word.
It is a true pleasure to turn the inspiration Damian constantly provides into words. And we so hope you stay with us and keep sharing the FUN!
Fan Fun Team
Damianista *chokes with emotion*
Time flies. I vividly remember the conversation I had with Lewisto as I was trying to decide, in the last weeks of 2014, whether it would be worth keeping an online fan diary about Damian Lewis. Lewisto told me he knew I would do a fantastic job but I should do it only if I believed I could make a commitment for two years.
We have just doubled that! 😀 😀 😀
I am deeply grateful for all the love and support that have kept this blog going and going, so please bear with me as I make a few personal thanks 🙂
I remember it felt just right when I made the first ever post here four years ago. I somehow knew I would have fun doing this and meet like-minded fans along the way to team up with. What I did not know was we would have the BEST TEAM one could ever hope for! We absolutely have the best chemistry ever as partners in crime and you cannot imagine how many blog posts come out of our casual conversations. I will liberally steal a quote from Damian to describe my partners because I would not be able to put it into better words: “Everyone is smart, witty, and a little bit better than the last person.” 🙂 Thank you, sisters, I love you, YOU ROCK!
Lewisto, my number one guy and our Fan Fun tech guy, who has been supporting the blog since its inception, deserves special thanks! I would never ever have started a blog should Lewisto have not encouraged me. I will never forget him saying: “Some people love golf. You love Damian Lewis. What’s the difference?” Right?!?! Lewisto, you are the best thing that ever happened to me. Thank you for everything!
We are indebted to Linda from Friends of Major Dick Winters Facebook page and Emina from Billions Facebook Group for their generosity in sharing our posts with their followers. It is a true pleasure to know them!
We are thrilled some of our readers have kindly taken the time to write posts and fan fiction this year. Huge thanks go to Lina, Linda, Mel, Paul and Vicky for their brilliant contributions to the blog. We are thrilled to report Lina (NotLinda), Paul (The Tail That Wags The Dog) and Vicky (Dark Horse) have now joined Fan Fun as occasional contributors! We hope their writing inspires more fans to come forward and write about Damian and the characters he brings to life.
Here is a few of our favorite 2018 Fan Fun moments!
March 14, 2018:
When I met Damian at stage door after his brilliant performance in The Goat in May 2017, I told him about our “Fan Stories” project and gave him one story as an example. This was Agnes’ story because firstly, the story is beautiful, and secondly, Agnes planned to travel to London see The Goat but had to cancel due to illness and so I wanted to have her and Damian “meet” in a different way. And, more importantly, Lewisto added, the story attested to how Damian’s art touches other people’s lives. Well, I will NEVER forget Damian’s reaction. He did not say much more than he was humbled every time he heard something like this but his eyes told it all.
A NEW idea was born at that very moment. Wouldn’t it be FUN if we collected all fan stories in a book and surprise Damian with it when the opportunity arose?
I was lucky to find a wonderful “blog to book” service that I did not even know existed: Blookup. The company basically pulls the posts you want to have in the book from your website and publishes a personalized book for you. You also get to title the book and design the book cover. I highly recommend them for any “blog to book” project you may have. Their customer service is exemplary.
Now say hi to the outcome of our collective effort! We created this book together for Damian: It is 265 pages and every fan story we published on Fan Fun is in it!
Once I had the book in my hands, the new challenge was to track down Damian before he was done with Billions shoot in New York and left for London. While I could mail it to Damian’s personal assistant in London, since this project has been such a personal journey for many of us, it was important to present it in person and say a few words about how I felt about it.
Now, all credits go to Gingersnap for giving me a brilliant idea! When we found out Damian would appear on Today Show, Gingersnap asked if the show was live or pre-recorded. I did not think about it much at that very moment, but then I revisited her question: “Wait! What if the show is live?” And it turned out that it was live! And while I never get to watch morning shows live because they are really early in the morning, even I know about the Today Show studio at the Rockefeller Center! And this short You Tube video from nine years ago helped me to locate the door visitors get in.
Massive thanks go to Lewisto for the logistics! What man would get up at 5am only to go and wait in front of Today Show studios entrance for an hour or more at freezing temperatures? No man but my man!
It was lovely to say “good morning!” to Damian who got out of a car in a big black coat! And I knew he had to go in and prepare for his segment on the show, so even though I REALLY wanted to see him open the package, I did not think we would have time for that.
I was WRONG! Damian invited us inside! So here we were in Rockefeller Center and I was able to remind him our Fan Stories project and tell him how he inspired me to turn them into a book for him.
Damianista: “There are 55 stories from 21 countries. It means this fandom has no borders. We may be from different generations, geographies, cultures and languages, but we all speak the same language when it comes to you.”
Damian: “You are very sweet.”
Damianista: (extremely humble) “I am.” 😀 😀 😀
Damian: “We have to take a picture of this. Damianista (he says my real first name here) here you are again wearing your purple coat.”
Damianista: “I have other coats but this is my lucky coat. And I like my 6 year old look.”
Damian turns to Lewisto: “Buy her a new coat. I’m worried about her.”
There is an on-going joke among us, Fan Fun girls, that if we found ourselves in Damian’s walk-in closet, we would feel very much at home since we probably know all his shirts, jackets and coats (it may sound scary, I know!) But I had no idea Damian was paying attention to mine! 😀 Well, message received! As much as I adore my 6 year old look, I will wear one of my stylish coats next time! Still, I do not look so bad for someone who got up at 5am, do I?
Damian had to go to make up so he would not miss his slot in the show. As we said our goodbyes, he thanked again for the book, and told me he was checking the website and reading the blog and they were great. Maybe he reads more now BECAUSE Damian is now following Fan Fun on Twitter!
June 1, 2018:
Lady Trader, The Tail That Wags The Dog, Lewisto and I attended Split Screens TV Festival at IFC Center in New York to see David Costabile in an interview with critic and author Matt Zoller Seitz. David was very kind to make time for us, in particular for The Tail who is his high school buddy, after the event.
We found out David taught acting at NYU, he did not know what he was talking about when he spoke Japanese at Sushi Nakazawa in Billions Season 2, and that it was his cousin who gave him the t-shirt with Damian’s picture on it as a joke for Christmas!
My turn. pic.twitter.com/ynNSkbOef7— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) April 24, 2018
June 7, 2018:
I cannot thank enough for the personal invitation I received to attend Billions Super Fan Season 3 Finale Screening, and believe me, I rescheduled my Harry Potter on Broadway tickets for this! 😀
Billions creators and show runners Brian Koppelman and David Levien take their viewers seriously and they are incredibly down-to-earth people. They very kindly took the time to say hi and mingle with fans before the screening. And it was lovely to see Lady Trader and Brian Koppelman chat about Black Sabbath! I admit I did not get a word of it but seeing the two of them speak the same language was a true joy!
December 17, 2018:
In case you missed it in December, I am delighted to report I was extremely lucky to catch up with Damian on Billions Season 4 set in New York! Since I have been sworn to secrecy by the man himself, I am keeping mum about what is going on in the show but I am thrilled to bring a special message from Damian to us, the bloggers at Fan Fun with Damian Lewis, and to the entire fandom. ENJOY!
So the last but definitely not the least thank you goes to the man who names this blog. Thank you, Damian, for making us the fans we are, sometimes “frolicking” sometimes “fanning” and sometimes “forensic” 🙂 We are honored to hear you say “I read you” and describe the work we do as “amazing” and “stimulating.” We will keep doing it.
Happy 4th Birthday to Fan Fun with Damian Lewis and the wonderful team we have. It has been a joy posting the news over at our sister site damian-lewis.com, blogging here with my blog mates, interacting with the fandom on social media and commenting with all of you readers. I am grateful for this community and its continued patronage because we wouldn’t be here without loyal readers like you. Here’s to a FUN upcoming year at Fan Fun with Damian Lewis and I look forward to what’s to come! Wishing everyone an “Axeceptional” 2019 and what better way to ring in the new year than a sneak peek photo of Bobby Axelrod from Billions season four:
Happy 4th Birthday FanFun!
Has it really been 4 years? Time flies when you are having FUN, and that certainly is what we here at the blog are having, and is what this blog is all about: the FUN of our “sisterhood”, the FUN of all of us writing and interacting with each other and our readers, but most of all the FUN of writing and exploring the amazing acting and philanthropy of Damian Lewis!
2018 had all the ingredients to make our blog diverse, thought-provoking, and entertaining.
“Billions” has opened up such debate and discussion on our blog, and it was wonderful. Looking at the show, and of course Bobby Axelrod, from so many different angles in S3 took us from just discussing our favorite show, to basically doing in-depth analysis of these characters we have grown to love (or hate!!). The trailer for S4 only adds to the excitement of whats to come, and to write about in 2019!
It never goes without saying say how much I appreciate all the hard work that everyone puts into this labor of love. We all have lives: jobs, families, and other commitments that everyone must attend to; but the attention, level of commitment, and enthusiasm of everyone who is involved with this project is amazing. Damianista is our brilliant “boss”, and she continually astounds me with her writing, her organization, her encouragement and her tireless support that makes this blog what it is today. Thank you Fearless Leader!
March 17, 2019 gives us Season 4 of “Billions” and I just can’t wait!! “From the Trader’s Desk” will continue to give you my perspective of the show and the characters from the financial point of view (and of course the metal side of things!). I’ll also be here to explain any “Fin-speak” that can sometimes be a tad confusing for the non-Wall Street viewer!
On a personal note, I had a very serious health issue in the summer/autumn of 2017. Being able to get back to writing “From the Trader’s Desk” and “Axe and his Music” in 2018 helped me recover and get my life back to normal. Thank you to all the readers (and my fellow Sisters!!) who commented and engaged in the discussions! You were a help beyond words!
So Happy 4th Anniversary! Just like a fine wine, we are getting better with age!!
Four years. That’s a long time! I found the blog shortly after the launch, and was really impressed at the respectful tone and thoughtful content being generated. Fandoms can, at times, be toxic, whether the subject is an actual person, a fictional character or world. This space was really different. Damian is never dehumanized, or reduced to merely a sex symbol, or conflated with the characters he brings to the screen or stage. In our fan fun world, he is whole person. He is a father, an actor, a spouse, a son, a man. Respecting and honoring everything about who he is seems to be a code with which we all live by, as contributors, and I really admire that. Celebrities are often treated as commodities, and that’s just not something tolerated here.
The first time I contributed to the blog, in March of 2016, I wasn’t sure where it would go. I’m not the most prolific contributor, but the crew here never makes me feel in any way less than an equal part of the team. We’ve supported one another as writers and as people, kinda the same way we support Damian in his work. The world we all live in offers little in the way of safe places to be loved and encouraged, but whether you are a writer/contributor, a reader, or Damian himself, this blog is a paradise in the middle of an otherwise cruel world. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings for us all.
Wow, what can I say that hasn’t already been said? Does indeed feel like yesterday when I snapped up Damianista’s invitation to write for her fan blog. I can’t really write “promo” stuff, I said. I can’t really write impersonally either, especially about something I’m passionate about, I said. But, she quickly put me at ease (her particular expertise!) and let me have a go anyway. And, after giving up blogging for the immediacy of twitter, I took the dive back to (sometimes wordy, often esoteric) longform writing again. I am so grateful to all the fans who visit us and read us and comment and interact. Our biggest Muse is, of course, Damian, but all the fans here absolutely play a major role in adding fuel to the fire.
*Clink* to many more years together sharing our love with you all!
Here’s my own flat Bobby with a message to you, dear readers.