NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fans of the pop group One Direction descended en masse Monday to the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown, hoping to catch just a peek at the young men from London as they visit New York to debut their documentary, “This Is Us.”
As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the fans call themselves “Directioners,” and on Monday, thousands of them waited all day just hoping to catch a glimpse of their idols.
“They are, like, my favorite band, and I will do anything for them,” one girl said.
Up above from Chopper 2 HD, fans were seen lined up for blocks outside the Ziegfeld on 54th Street.
Some fans reported arriving around noon, others at 4:30 a.m. the morning before.
And at the mere mention of Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik, they erupted in excitement.
“They make me feel happy because, I don’t know, they say the sweetest things,” another girl said.
“If I have a smile on my face, it’s because of them,” another said.
“They’re really awesome and have great music,” a third said.
Fresh off their win on Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center, One Direction walked the red carpet for the U.S. premiere of their documentary – a behind-the-scenes movie giving fans an all-access, inside look at their lives.
“Hopefully, they get a little bit more of an insight of our personal personalities, as it were,” Malik said.
That was exactly what the fans wanted.
“Sometimes, like, Twitter isn’t enough, and like, pictures aren’t enough, like, I want to see them, like, how they act,” one of the girls in the crowd said.
And after hours of standing and waiting, many of the fans did not even get a chance to attend the premiere. But that didn’t seem to matter.
“There’s never a time that they fail to make me smile,” one of the girls said.
The movie opens nationwide on Friday.
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