In early December, Toronto, Canada native Zena Gopal was out having drinks with some friends and, as things start to do when you’re drinking, they started talking about life before social media, and challenging each other with bets to see who could do what. One of the things they bet on was which celebrity would respond to fan mail the fastest.
As Gopal’s roommate is a huge Tom Hanks fan, she suggested him. Gopal wrote a short letter to Mr. Hanks, talking about her favourites out of his movies and how she’d made a bet to see if he’d reply.
She asked him for a headshot and included one of herself, a selfie with a Llama that she took at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Then she sent it off, not thinking much of it.