Disclaimer: Disney sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of the red carpet world premiere of Cinderella. All opinions are my own.
After an early afternoon of pampering, I realized it was all leading up to this – I was attending my very first red carpet in Hollywood at the world famous El Capitan Theatre.
It still seemed like a dream.
We all see the red carpet rolled out for events like the Oscars (the week before) and amazing movie premieres, BUT to experience it is something altogether different.
The excitement is palpable. You can feel it in the air, it’s not just an expression. Eyes turn when there’s a celebrity arrival. And even those of us who aren’t usually giddy over celebrities (after all, they are just regular people who put their pants on one leg at a time), got a little star-struck. Okay, maybe more than a little star-struck.
It’s an experience I’ll never forget thanks to Disney. I hope that you get a little glimpse of what it was really like.
Once the pre-premiere reception was finished and I had spent ample time oogling over that Swarovski glass slipper, I was handed this.
The golden ticket.
It was time.
The premiere of CINDERELLA (and the short FROZEN FEVER) was to be seen inside the El Capitan Theatre, but the red carpet is always outside. Unfortunately, Hollywood was seeing quite a bit of rain that weekend – much needed, but not ideal for a movie premiere.
Never fear. When Disney hosts an event, it is done right. Since I was staying right across the street at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, I was able to watch earlier in the day as tents were put up just in case. Good thing as the rain kept on throughout the evening.
In true Hollywood fashion, the red carpet world premiere of Cinderella not only went off without a hitch, but was in high style – more on that later!
I was excited. Here I’m just about to face the paparazzi and take my first steps on the red carpet. I had butterflies for sure…….with a long gown, I was a tiny bit nervous I’d trip. Thankfully, my fears never amounted to anything. Whew!
I’ve seen friends post about red carpet experiences before. Many told me that walking the red carpet would be over before I realized it….maybe 1-2 minutes. So I knew I wanted to relish every moment….and walk slow! 🙂
When I turned the corner, the first thing I noticed was all the paparazzi. And there were plenty of them.
What you don’t quite see on television at all is how it functions. OR how loud it is. It is incredibly loud with photographers calling out names so the celebrities will look at them. I was impressed with how well the younger Disney stars, mere children, handled it all so well.
The first stop on the red carpet is for photographs. Celebrities arrive and pose. Further on down is for video interviews. These are typically the snippets you see on your favorite media outlets.
Here you see Josh Gad (aka Olaf from Frozen) and Grumpy Cat being interviewed.
While I was officially on the red carpet, I was seeing Josh Gad, Jeremy Sisto and many more. This was a family affair as many (most) brought their children.
Once I was officially done with walking the red carpet, it was off to the official premiere party….but not before one really good red carpet photo!
The official premiere party was also held under the tents outside the El Capitan Theatre. It too was on the red carpet, just on a different portion of it, the end. Not only was this where we hung out for the next hour or so, but it’s also where the invited celebrities and their children hung out too.
We were greeted Disney style!
This was the Cinderella premiere after all. Chandeliers worthy of a royal ball were hung from the tent ceilings – quite impressive if you ask me. So though it was raining, you never really paid any attention to it. It was interesting that people walking down Hollywood Blvd could stare in and watch you during the event….eating, enjoying, etc.
The entertainment was top notch. From stilt-walkers to ballroom dancers, even celebrities found the party quite entertaining.
Ah, and the food. I’ll admit I didn’t eat very much at all, but there was everything from finger foods to dessert. It looked delicious!
Since it was a family event, Disney had stations around the party with things to do …….from crafts and mini-manicures to a silhouette station, where I sat to get mine done. I’d always wanted to do this over the years at a Disney park, but never had made the time. This was fun.
NOTE: While other silhouette artists used pen first and then cut, my artist looked at my silhouette and cut right away…no drawing. I was impressed!
Some of the most fun we had was just celebrity watching………
The ballroom dancers took children onto the dance floor and danced and danced. Here is proud papa Josh Gad (aka Olaf from Frozen) taking pictures or video of his little one. Just a regular dad! I had to capture this moment.
What I hadn’t realized when I took this photo of Josh Gad, was that Jeremy Sisto was also looking on. You’ll recognize Jeremy Sisto from Law & Order and Six Feet Under.
It was a reunion of sorts for fans of Beverly Hills 90210, as proud papa Ian Ziering watched over his daughter at the craft area. Spotted nearby was Jason Priestley (I have a great photo of the back of his head, but not a great one to post).
Perhaps the most fun we had was when we got to chat a bit with Molly Ringwald.
Now I grew up in the 80’s watching John Hughes movies like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. Molly Ringwald was a huge part of my movie experiences growing up. And here she was at the official premiere party….WITH ME! Well, actually, she was with her daughter. I snapped this shot AND THEN….
AND THEN……Molly Ringwald and her daughter approached our table. Oh, just a table where I happened to be hanging out with a few of my favorite bloggers. Except there was a spot open at our table. AND Molly Ringwald walked right up and asked if she could join us for a minute.
Molly Ringwald was busy being a mom, something we all understood, and needed her hands free for just a few moments.
So she stood there with us (holding her daughter’s juice drink) and I commented generally to everyone about how I loved kids fascination with princesses at her daughters’ age. Molly (not that we were on a first-name basis) replied that princesses always get a bad rap (and smiled)!
That, my friends, was my big celebrity moment. I didn’t want to take any secret close-up pictures from across the table or ask for a selfie, but I did have fun. It was like I was in a John Hughes movie. 🙂
And then towards the end of the official premiere party, the cast of Cinderella arrived. Oh, the stunning Lily James (Cinderella) and her prince (Richard Madden), with those dreamy blue eyes. (More on those blue eyes next week during my interview)
Actually, I headed into the theatre early as I needed to find a restroom. And inside, it seemed, is where everyone was really hanging out. I even walked right by Cate Blanchett standing by the popcorn stand. I would be interviewing her the next day.
Into the theatre I went, grabbing popcorn and a drink along the way.
It was a celebrity studded affair. Yes, the celebrities are just sitting all around us in that theatre.
What a night!
CINDERELLA opens in theaters everywhere on March 13th!
More Cinderella World Premiere posts coming next week, including my movie review, interviews with cast and more!