Over the years, “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas has been confused for Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas many times — and it all culminated in a cringeworthy incident in 2015.
“I got forwarded this invitation to join the Creative Coalition to go to Washington, D.C. and lobby for arts and education,” the writer told Page Six at the ATX TV Festival, adding that part of the trip would include an invite to the exclusive White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “I was thrilled, I had always wanted to go to that.”
Thomas went on to explain that he had to reschedule a golf trip with his buddies and even dropped $3,500 on a new suit for the occasion.
“About a week before we’re supposed to leave on this, I saw a press release [for the event] went out … I’m reading the list [of attendees], and it says, ‘Rob Thomas, Lead Singer of Matchbox Twenty.’ The first thought in my mind was, ‘I’m finally gonna get to meet him!’ And then my second thought is, ‘Oh, maybe somebody … had gotten it wrong because I knew it was me.”
He continued, “And [that] lasted for about a second-and-half and then, ‘Oh f–k. Oh f–k.’”
He called the organizers to ask if they thought it was the musician Rob Thomas who would be attending the event the following week. After a long pause and a puzzling, “Yes?,” Thomas replied, “I’ve got some bad news for you.”
Thomas then gave them his résumé, which includes “Veronica Mars,” “Party Down” and “iZombie.”
“[They] called back 30 minutes later and said, ‘Of course, of course, we still want you to come!’” Thomas said, adding, “It was just all actors and me. Trust me, there were no senators or congressmen who cared what I thought about arts and education, but I did get to go.”
For the most part, Thomas said he mainly gets confused for the singer when he shows up at hotels and sees the receptionist “deflate.”
In 2016, Thomas reached out to the singer to see if he would appear on the Season 2 “iZombie” finale, surprised to find out he was a huge fan of the show. So much so, that he said he’d do a guest stint but didn’t want to read the script because he didn’t want any spoilers before it aired.
The two Rob Thomases finally came together, meeting for the first time at one of the singer’s shows in Los Angeles later that year.
New episodes of “Veronica Mars” air on Hulu on July 26.