Young Hollywood Is So Last Season
January 26, 2009 10:01 AM
If there’s one thing I’ve realized these past seven months of being in the entertainment business, it’s how different the perception and the reality are in terms of what the world sees and what is in the business. This was made crystal clear to me when I attended the Golden Globe Awards and Producers Guild Awards this past month.
For the first time, I honestly “get” the business.
In some ways, it’s the first time I’ve felt really, really excited about it. I love doing work in the entertainment market and know so many amazing people. They’re putting the shows on your TV set, “making” the stars everybody loves and brokering deals the Silicon Valley/tech crowd could never imagine. I’ve also met some incredible actors and actresses.
But, there’s a whole other side to the industry, one that’s kind of a bit nonsensical.
As a business person, this has made it harder to do the work I came here to do and has at times been frustrating. It’s like having to sift through an enormous, endless pile of bad shoes for months on end to find the few Prada and Christian Louboutin tucked away somewhere.
Who people think runs this town and who actually runs it are very different. It was so blatantly obvious to me at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago that I’m still in awe of it. This weekend, I attended the Producers Guild Awards and I’m even surer than ever.
I now actually like that there are these two parts to the equation in the market. It’s a distraction for my competitors.
What was really interesting to me as well was how different some of the younger actors/actresses were compared to the seasoned talent. At the PGAs, the women appeared a little cockier, posed a lot more and lingered longer on the red carpet. I’m not sure if any of them knew that most of the reporters kept saying, “Who is that?” It must be incredible to be a rising young star, but it did look a little weird.
Then somebody like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dana Delaney or Frances Fisher comes along and it’s very different. They’re cool, chilled out and professional, like they’re there on business.
Over the course of this weekend, I realized this is the Hollywood that made Hollywood glamorous. And, in a lot of ways, how really kind of tired the “young Hollywood” vibe is. I don’t think it has anything to do with age or experience—it’s attitude.
I can’t lie. I think that focus on young Hollywood cheapened the industry’s brand.
I’m not sure if it’s Michelle Obama or if the economy has just made the Paris Hilton form suddenly look a little silly, but real Hollywood seems to be coming back.
I think it’s going to make the younger talent step up to the level of the industry elite versus the other way around, and the business will benefit. It probably won’t mean that we’ll see any less of the usual suspects, but at least they may represent a little better. I think it’ll be a good change for everyone (including them).
I for one can’t deny that I like the bar being raised in our country again. Cool, smart and classy is the kind of image America should have.
One thing I can say is I’ve never been speechless any time I’ve crossed the path of anyone like Lindsay Lohan or Nicky Hilton, who I’ve seen often. Yet I couldn’t even utter a word in the presence of Ron Howard and Michael Douglas. It was pretty hilarious.
That’s the Hollywood Hollywood should want to be. I’m glad to see it coming back.