There's celebrities, and then there's true movie stars, the kind of people who occupy such rarefied air that they're famous even to people who are themselves famous.
Perhaps nobody better encapsulates this category than Tom Cruise.
Which maybe explains why even a Hollywood legend like Kyra Sedgwick once found herself in a situation where her Tom Cruise curiosity got the best of her back in the day.
Sedgwick recently told the hilarious story of when she pushed the panic button in Cruise's house during a party, and it went about as poorly as you'd imagine.
Sedgwick relayed the anecdote during an interview with Drew Barrymore on her new talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show.
It all went down at a screening party at Cruise's house back in the 90s, when both she and husband Kevin Bacon had recently worked with Cruise. But as Sedgwick told Barrymore, it was the type of star-studded evening she doesn't often get invited to—90s it-couple Bruce Willis and Demi Moore there, along with director Rob Reiner, and of course Cruise's wife at the time, Nicole Kidman.
So, naturally, she was curious about her high-powered Hollywood surroundings. And when she spotted a hidden button under Cruise's fireplace mantle... well, she just couldn't resist.
As she told Barrymore:
"I was like, 'Oh, what is that little button? So I pressed the little button because I just thought maybe something interesting will happen."
But instead, the button, ominously, didn't seem to do anything at all.
"Nothing happened and then I got a little nervous."
That is, until something did happen—within moments, the panic button had worked exactly—and inconveniently—as intended.
"So the cops came, they had to stop the screening, they had to see [Tom]... I think there were more than like five cop cars, it was something."
So how did it all turn out?
Well, as Sedgwick deadpanned:
"I didn't get invited back."
On Twitter, people found Sedgwick's mishap deeply relatable.
I love pushing buttons, I get it girl 😂 https://t.co/1Xk60VCwAF— Amelia Baymer (@Amelia Baymer) 1618513466.0
@TODAYshow That’s awesome! 😂— Puck MS 🏒 🇵🇷😷♡ ☆ (@Puck MS 🏒 🇵🇷😷♡ ☆) 1618496656.0
Who wouldn't? https://t.co/OaoMVWuMwa— Buckinflynd (@Buckinflynd) 1618448737.0
@TODAYshow Couldn’t think I could love Kyra Sedgwick more until this story. Hope it cost Tom a lot of money for the call.— enjoyinglife🛵 (@enjoyinglife🛵) 1618499586.0
@TODAYshow Yeah, that sounds like something that would make an invite a one-time thing.— George Stanley (@George Stanley) 1618497259.0
@kyrasedgwick I can picture you pushing that button and I probably would have done the same thing. Loved the story.— Jennifer Klucznik (@Jennifer Klucznik) 1618499793.0
WHY admit to it? ANYONE could have pushed a button! Kyra Sedgwick says she isn't invited back to Tom Cruise's hou… https://t.co/KwI4dFGqr0— WindyWyoming (@WindyWyoming) 1618579187.0
@DrewBarrymoreTV @kyrasedgwick I would probably have done the same thing. You just have to know, right? Loved the… https://t.co/AirXW9Pg4F— Jennifer Klucznik (@Jennifer Klucznik) 1618499613.0
Hey, it could've been worse—at least she didn't get arrested.