Full ScreenPhotos:Instagram and Vanity Fair Celebrate the New Class of Entertainers
On the Saturday night before Golden Globes, entertainment’s next generation of creators descended upon an iconic late-night spot on the Sunset Strip—Mel’s Drive-In—for a dazzling, disco-ball-lit event hosted by Vanity Fair and Instagram. The setting, best described as futuristic Grease chic, included a vintage cherry-red convertible parked outside, which Thirteen Reasons Why stars Devin Druid, Ross Butler, and Justin Prentice piled into, along with Glow’s Britney Young, for an exuberant Netflix photo op.
Social-media star King Bach—the most-followed personality on the late, lamented short-form-video platform Vine—mingled I.R.L. with Amanda Cern, self-titled Instagram “queen of my own fantasy,” who has a following 19 million strong. YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous wound her way through giant neon emojis of palm trees, hearts, and stars, before posing for photos with oversized red lip props. Disney Channel’s Laura Marano and YouTube’s Zolee Griggs shifted between upbeat conversation and capturing Boomerangs against the vibrant backdrop.
As Hollywood undergoes an unprecedented transformation, this new class of up-and-comers from entertainment, music, and fashion have some key advantages over their elders. They produce their own videos, interact directly with audiences, and often don't rely on—or even seem aware of—the old breed of gatekeepers.
Scream Queens star and 24-year-old-old entrepreneur Keke Palmer shared Instagram videos directly with her fans as she prepped for the party—showing them the lavender faux-fur stole she planned to pair with her black Van tennis shoes. (“Street chic,” Palmer smiled, panning the camera to her mother, who was helping her get ready.) When Palmer arrived at the party, she recorded the entrance so that her followers could vicariously walk in, and later dance, along with her.
Underneath a sky of silver mylar balloons on Mel’s converted parking lot, Cordell Broadus—the model son of Snoop Dogg—danced alongside Grownish’s Abraham D. Juste and Francia Raisa. Victoria’s Secret angel Taylor Hill exchanged contact information with makeup mogul Charlotte Tilbury. Wearing a shimmery gown, Hill then handed a friend her phone so that he could snap her literally out-shining the disco balls nearby.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin stopped by with his teenage daughter Roxie and Molly Bloom, the bad-ass poker hustler who inspired Jessica Chastain’s heroine in Molly’s Game, which is nominated for two Golden Globes. With the ceremony coming at a particularly tense time in the industry and politics, Sorkin was eager to see how the show unfolds. “My guess is that [host] Seth Meyers is going to hand it to Hollywood and hand it to Trump.” Referencing President Donald Trump’slatest Tweet blast, Sorkin couldn’t help but sympathize with the award show’s writers: “I feel like a whole bunch of jokes have been cut to make room for the ‘I’m a stable genius’ jokes.”
Bloom, who was thrilled by the adaptation of her life from an Oscar-winning icon such as Sorkin, joked, “After I saw the movie, I realized that everyone is going to expect me to look like Chastain and talk like Sorkin. I am so screwed.” As special as her first experience inside the Golden Globes will be, Bloom noted that she was particularly grateful and humbled to be attending the ceremony coinciding with the Time’s Up movement—the proactive response to the sexual-assault reckoning that hit Hollywood. In solidarity, Vanity Fair Executive West Coast Editor Krista Smith and British entrepreneur Poppy Jamie wore black purses emblazoned with with the motto name that Jamie, who has an accessories brand with called Pop & Suki, had specially made.
Nearby, former Miss Golden Globes Sophia and Sistine Stallone said that they are anticipating the display of solidarity on the red carpet Sunday, with men and women wearing black in support of the people who have been silenced by discrimination, harassment, and abuse. “It’s going to be bomb to see everyone come together on the red carpet,” said Sophia. “I can’t wait.” Gigi Gorgeous, who confessed that the red carpet is her Golden Globes main event, said that she is even more excited than usual for the pre-show because of the movement: “It’s going to be turnt.”
Insecure’s Broderick Hunter and Sarunas J. Jackson staged their own friendly dance-off, as The Handmaid’s Tale starlet Madeline Brewer, Atlanta’s Zazie Beetz, Baby Driver’s Eiza González, and model Toni Garrn orbited around them. Inside the diner, Riverdale’s own Jughead and Veronica, Cole Sprouse and Camila Mendes, held court in a diner booth. Disney star Dove Cameron helped herself to the cherry atop a strawberry milkshake. Guests like Nyle DiMarco sidled up to an old-school jukebox to have his caricature sketched while Mandy Moore, star of This Is Us, staked out a neon Sunset Blvd. sign for her own photo op.
As Bruno Mars sang about “twenty four karat magic in the air“ and the disco balls glittered into the night, this democratic wave of entertainer celebrated social change, taking a few selfies along the way.
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