On Monday night, my friend Ben (hereinafter known as my most amazing and gracious and awesome friend Ben!) invited me to the premiere of the movie The Butler. The Butler is a powerful film about a black man who transitioned from working in the cotton fields as a child to serving as a White House butler for eight different presidents. His presence and his character help change the hearts of the presidents during the difficult civil rights movement. You can watch the trailer here.
The movie is directed by Lee Daniels, and has an incredible all-star cast: Forest Whitaker, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Jesse Williams, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman, and Jane Fonda to name a few.
Ben and I arrived before the celebrities (or the “talent” as they call them in the biz!) to take pictures on the red carpet.
As you can see, the talent has to walk a long line of press on their way to the theater, stopping every few feet for more pictures.
We decided to strike our own celebrity pose, so that the press would know what to expect!
After having some fun on the red carpet, I moved behind the press to watch the arrivals. It was exciting seeing them take the pictures that I knew would be on People.com the next day!
Alex Pettyfer arrived first, and he looked good!
Elijah Kelley was another early arrival.
As was Clarence Williams III.
James Marsden had a big arrival – the press went crazy yelling his name!
And the same thing happened with Cuba Gooding, Jr.
It was crazy, every time someone stepped foot on the carpet the press began loudly yelling their name. They would also yell instructions, like “turn around and show us the back of the dress!” or “let’s see an over-the-shoulder shot!” It was mayhem! Walking the carpet is certainly no relaxing event!
Minka Kelly walked right past me before taking her spot on the red carpet.
Jane Fonda was another press favorite.
Finally, after much anticipation, the star of the film arrived: Forest Whitaker!
It was exciting seeing them, and so many others, arrive. However, there was one woman I was dying to see: Oprah! I wasn’t alone. Even the most seasoned veterans couldn’t help but get giddy when she made her entrance.
I mean, come on, she’s Oprah!
Oprah was so sweet, and made sure to stop at every person for a picture or an interview.
After an exciting red carpet, it was time to enter the theater for the movie.
The Butler is definitely a movie that’s worth seeing. It left me in tears, and touched us all.
When it was finished, the cast was introduced and praised.
And then it was time for the after party! It was held across the street at WP24, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and lounge on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton. I loved the venue, especially the views of downtown LA.
It was hard to focus on the views though, when two of my favorite actors were in the room!
and Jesse Williams:
But by far the highlight of my night was meeting Oprah! We talked, took a picture, and then she hugged me! Us Chicago girls have to stick together :)
YOU get a hug! And YOU get a hug! And YOU get a hug!
Best. Night. Ever.