Emmy weekend was a whirlwind for Hollywood, and MEAWW was at one of the biggest events of the weekend, the Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy party at the legendary Sunset Tower hotel.
We chatted with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood and even some Emmy award winners including the legendary RuPaul. It was an honor to speak with the fabulous host and producer of ‘RuPaul’s DragRace’ just days before he took home his second Emmy. While RuPaul has been a household name for decades now, this is truly his year.
“I have always worked outside the system, and I felt very fine outside the system all these years, it just took the system all these years to catch up to me. But it’s not the reason I got into this line of work, I got into this line of work because I love colors and music and laughter and dancing. That’s what motivates me.”
Another highlight of the evening was speaking with the adorable Mackenzie Hancsicak, who plays the pre-teen version of Chrissy Metz’s character, Kate on NBC’s ‘This Is Us.’ Being on a different timeline than the main cast doesn’t give her a lot of time to bond with her older counterparts, so she was very excited to finally spend more time with them at the party.
“It’s fun to be with everybody. Sometimes when I’m on set, and I see Chrissy or Justin, it’s just fun to see them because we are on a different timeline. So its nice to go say hello and see people I haven’t seen in a while.”
One of the hottest shows currently on television is, of course, ‘American Horror Story,' which returned last week for its eighth season ‘Apocalypse.' We had the pleasure of speaking to one of the stars Leslie Grossman, who plays one of the most pivotal characters of the season.
“It’s funny, because I did the last season of the show, and it talked a lot about phobias and fears. I don’t have phobias. I’m not afraid of clowns, I’m not claustrophobic, but this is real. Nuclear war is an actual fear that is, unfortunately, sort of on all of our minds more than it has been in recent years. Ryan Murphy is a little bit psychic, I just hope not this time!”
It was also an absolute joy to speak with Francia Raisa, one of the stars of Freeform’s ‘Grown-ish.' Raisa truly hasn’t aged a day since the premiere of her breakout show ‘The Secret Life Of An American Teenager’ ten years ago. With such a prolific career, we talked to her about what it’s like staying in the same genre and age range for so long.
“I don’t know how I’m doing it, but whatever I’m doing I hope I keep doing it! Look, it has it’s ups and downs because being 30, I’m like ‘I wanna grow up!’ but I really do appreciate the longevity of my career. But there was a period of time where I was like, what is happening? Because I’m older, and producers know that I’m older and they don’t want to hire me because they know I’m older, even though I look sixteen. It’s just a weird ageism thing that does happen in the industry, it’s not really talked about. I have a lot of friends that are child stars and aren’t getting jobs because they still look the age that they were when they were on those teen shows. So I just got very fortunate coming across Kenya Barris, who was like, ‘I don’t care how old you are, you are the girl, you are the part.’”
If you want to see more interviews from the evening, watch the video below and keep an eye out for more exclusives coming soon!