Spotting Jason Castro and Terrell Owens

My brief encounter with Jason Castro
My brief encounter with Jason Castro

While shopping this weekend at the Buffalo Exchange, a thrift store in Dallas, I spotted “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro. No one seemed to recognize him, or they just didn’t care to approach him. I couldn’t remember his full name, but I walked up to him nonetheless.

“Hi! You were on ‘American Idol,’ right?”

“Yep, that’s me,” he said while holding up a pair of jeans.

“Oh wow, nice! Do you think I could take a photo with you?”

“Sure,” he said, brushing his dreadlocks out of his face.

I asked some random guy if he would take a photo of us, not realizing that my camera batteries were dead. One of the store’s cashiers overheard that my batteries were dead, and she ran to the back of the store and gave me some. Castro, who is from Rockwall, Texas, kept looking for clothes as I stood and wondered whether he’d think I was acting somewhat creepy. I’m not a huge “American Idol” fan, but I figured I might as well take advantage of an opportunity to get a photo of him.

While we’re on the subject of seeing semi-famous people, I should share my Dallas Cowboys experience. A couple of weeks ago, I shadowed a photographer to learn how to shoot/edit video. The photographer was assigned to shoot a video of Pacman Jones prior to his suspension from the team. Little did I know, we were going to shoot the video inside the Cowboys’ locker room. Oh my.

I walked inside and was faced with a room full of naked football players. They were all casually undressing in front of the news crews. Some of the guys are huge, and not particularly pleasant to look at in the nude. I tried to act nonchalant, but I couldn’t help but stare! At one point, I looked over and saw Terrell Owens naked. He may be the most muscular man I’ve ever seen. Pacman never showed up, but we managed to get some good footage of the other players. You never know what you’re going to see as a journalist, or when shopping.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Instituteโ€™s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

21 thoughts on “Spotting Jason Castro and Terrell Owens

  1. hum “semi-famous” and didn’t remember his name… curious as to why you bothered with a picture, but sure glad you did. fans of the FAMOUS jason castro love to see him out and about!!

  2. Thanks for the comments! To answer your question, I saw him on Saturday around 3 p.m. I wonder if he shops there a lot. I should have asked him.

  3. Thanks Mallary…I was there at 3 pm or had just left. That is just crazy, and sad on my part b/c I am a huge fan! Love your work by the way. I am kind-of an aspiring writer, and saw some of your stuff on Guidelive…love that site! Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m sure your blog has been extra busy, just mention Jason Castro and watch the numbers rise…. ๐Ÿ™‚ we LOVE HIM

  5. So I’m not exactly your typical fanatical Idol-fan but gotta say, JC made the show this year. The most entertaining and endearing male TV personality I’ve seen for a long while man. Dude was hilarious each week – gave me some serious LOL moments. An anti-Idol too which was refreshing. He defied the same ol’ must-give-them-my-best-cheesy-smile-vote-for-me-jazz-handed-belting-diva-routine the show’s known for. I liked that. & I liked his voice & musical style/delivery. Cheers for the photo and blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Well you are one lucky duck if you got to meet Jason…………….I wish it was me who met him though! (I’m sure i’m not the only one thinking this).
    How can you say Jason’s semi-famous? His loyal fans, the dreadheads are the best fans i’ve gotten the pleasure to know (i may be a little biased though…..hehe).
    And of course, Castrocopia is a great source for all types of Jason Castro news, since they have a little obsession with his pants..*wink*
    Love the article though… and it was good to see a pic of Jason after a looooong time!!!!!!

  7. I called Jason Castro “semi-famous” because he just recently became famous and because I figured that those who don’t watch American Idol may not know who he is. Of course he’s famous in the eyes of his fans, though, and he should be.

  8. My son is also 21. He is very much a child of the 60’s 70’s not so much 80’s. He and my other kids learned all about the Stones, Beatles ,Jefferson Airplane, The Doors etc..from me, and that is all they listen to. I love that they understand and appreciate the music I grew up with. I feel that Jason will rank up there with Dan and Cat ( you may have to be older than 30 to know who I am talking about!!) Jason has an amazing voice and way about him. We in Rockwall LOVE HIM. Good luck in L.A. Jason

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