5 celebrities who were having the best time ever at SXSW 2017

Austin is always swarming with famous people during SXSW, but there are certain celebrities who seem to really, really enjoy their time in our fair city. Here are some folks who seemed to be having the most fun ever over the past two weeks.

Rachael Ray opened her first pop-up boutique, Moxie, in Austin During SXSW 2017. Rachael Ray plays with a dog at Moxie Shop in Downtown Austin on Thursday, March 15, 2017.
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Rachael Ray:

The TV personality has never been shy about her love of Austin, and when she visits, she sure knows how to make the most of her time here. In addition to hosting the 10th anniversary of her popular Feedback party at Stubb’s on Saturday, Ray also last week opened her first pop-up boutique on South Congress Avenue, stopped by a KGSR taping and even found time to chow down at some of her favorite local restaurants, which include Grizzeldas, Wu Chow, Emmer & Rye and Ramen Tatsu-Ya. How cool is that?

Jason Sudeikis:

Sure, his latest movie premiered at the Alamo Drafthouse on Lamar during South by Southwest, but that didn’t stop Sudeikis from showcasing another of his talents: tending bar. You heard that right. The “Saturday Night Live” alum and star of “Colossal” jumped behind the Highball Bar at the Alamo Drafthouse last week to serve up some drinks at the film’s after party. “Colossal” opens worldwide on April 7. Here’s the review. 

Octavia Spencer:

What’s the best gift to give an Oscar-winning actress when she’s on the red carpet? A bottle of Franklin Barbecue’s signature espresso sauce, of course. That was the scene last week as Spencer made her way into Austin’s Paramount Theater for the world premiere of her thriller, “Small Town Crime,” and was awarded with the condiment. The gift-giver said he heard she was a fan.

Xavier Woods:

Whether it’s in the squared circle or the realm of YouTube, World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Xavier Woods is no stranger to success. So it’s only fitting that Woods would make the most of his time in Austin, charming a packed house as co-host of the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards.

Finn Cole:

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Finn Cole, who plays Joshua ‘J’ Cody on TNT’s “Animal Kingdom,” bodyboards on the FlowRider surf simulator, part of the Animal Kingdom pop-up beach at SXSW on March 12, 2017. Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

You might not expect to see surfing in downtown Austin, especially when it’s rainy and 40 degrees. But as we all know, during SXSW, anything can happen. Last week on the corner of Congress and Fourth Street pro Flowboarder Sean Silveira tackled the waves on a “pop-up beach” and gave some lessons to “Animal Kingdom” actors Finn Cole (“Peaky Blinders”) and Ben Robson (“Vikings”), who looked like they were having a blast on the immersive installation promoting TNT’s show about a Southern California crime family. 

 

 


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