Hollywood celebrated after Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s daughter Simone Garcia Johnson was announced as Golden Globe Ambassador. The stars came out in droves to mingle at Catch L.A. and enjoy the rooftop patio views over Los Angeles. Previous Miss Golden Globes – the former title – were there to lend support: Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie, and Greer Grammer, Kelsey’s offspring, both told Simone about their own experiences, and Sylvester Stallone’s trio Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet unveiled the new honoree. Sosie Bacon’s famous parents Kyra Sedgewick and Kevin Bacon were also on hand.
The entire cast of This Is Us partied it up with actors from new shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan and Michael Zegen, and The Good Doctor’s Hill Harper. Insecure’s Issa Ray and Yvonne Orji did a little dance and the Queen Sugar family Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Nic Ashe huddled together in a patio booth enjoying the rather balmy November night. Inside, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones and Richard Jenkins answered a lot of questions about their The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro, a man who is clearly fascinating to most actors, especially the younger ones who hope to work with him someday. Armie Hammer – starring in Luca Guadagino’s Call Me By Your Name with Timothée Chalamet, sported a most colorful shirt and seemed to be missing a lot of hair: “Yes, I shaved off the beard and cut my hair. I now look a lot younger, don’t I?” he joked while trading actor stories with Twin Peaks’ Kyle McLachlan. Jake Gyllenhaal hung out at the bar for a bit while young thespians under the legal drinking age like Jacob Tremblay had to leave early, of course.
A very blonde and almost unrecognizable Andrea Riseborough (Battle of the Sexes) chatted with Saoirse Ronan and Abbie Cornish. Leah Michele met the two lead actors of 13 Reasons Why, Dylan Minette and Katherine Langford. Mudbound director Dee Rees brought her stars Garrett Hedlund and Mary J. Blige, who talked music with songwriter Diane Warren. Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid) traded stories with Frankie Shaw (SMILF): both power women also write and produce their shows. Salma Hayek spent time with fellow Latina Justina Machado, and excused herself shortly after – the world traveler who lives between Paris, London and Los Angeles was suffering from severe jetlag.
Zach Braff did not have anything to promote except the location: he is part-owner of Catch L.A. and presided over the event like the perfect host. And who were the biggest party animals who closed it all down? Well, that’s a tie between Kyle McLachlan and Jamie Bell, who took the last elevator down after the restaurant’s security escorted us out of the building way past closing time.