Jamie Foxx's Daughter on Being Named Miss Golden Globe: It's Like a "Coming-Out Party"
This year's honoree, 21-year-old USC student Corinne Foxx, is the latest in a long line of stars' daughters who help serve up the trophies on the big night.
This story first appeared in a special awards season issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
It's the closest thing to a hereditary monarchy as we've got in Hollywood — Miss Golden Globe, the title bestowed every year upon one lucky daughter of a movie or TV star, along with the job of handing out trophies. Melanie Griffith's daughter, Dakota Johnson, was one in 2006 (just as Griffith, daughter of Tippi Hedren, was in 1975). And on Nov. 17, at a star-studded red-carpet event outside Ysabel on Fairfax Avenue, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association crowned 2016's Miss Golden Globe: Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie, a 21-year-old USC student and sometime Ralph Lauren model. "[It's like] a coming-out party, a debutante ball or something," Corinne gushed at the event. A frequent date of her dad's at past Globes and other shows, she already knows her way around the Beverly Hilton. She spoke with THR about her future reign.
What is the process like to becoming Miss Golden Globe?
I had asked about it a couple months ago to my dad. I said: "Oh, that's such a cool honor. How do we go about being Miss Golden Globe?" But I never heard back. So I was really, really shocked when I got this email saying they wanted me to be Miss Golden Globe.
How did your dad react?
He's proud of me for the littlest of things. Like, if I could change the tire on my car, he'd be incredibly proud of me, let alone this? He's over the moon.
Imagine how he'll be on the day of the Globes.
He'll probably be very emotional. He's going to kill me for saying that. (Laughs.)
You've joked on social media about him being an embarrassing dad. Are you concerned about that on the big night?
No, that will be cute. He's my dad, so he does embarrass me, like everybody else's dad. Everyone thinks he's so cool, and I'm like, "Oh God, Dad, please." (Laughs.) But no, on the day of the Globes, he can tweet and Instagram as much as he wants.
Corinne Foxx with her dad at the Atlantis premiere in 2001.
You've also joked in the past about him dating too-young women. Now that you're a little older, are you still as brutally honest with him?
My dad values my opinion, so he's always asking my advice, whether it's about his dating life or his music or any creative project. I'm just on him about him trying to be younger than he is, but that's the best part of him, too, so I don't want to put that down too much.
You've been to a lot of these shows, so you must know a lot of the people there. Does that make you more nervous?
I'm not so nervous about the red carpet because I've done that before. It's really being onstage. I've never done that — and I have to stand for three hours.Comfortable heels is probably my No. 1 priority.
Along with USC, you're taking acting classes. Are you going into the family business?
It's so easy being the child of a celebrity to just be like, "Oh, I want to do acting," and get into it and not know anything about it. I want to feel strong in my craft and that I can deliver, so that's why I've been studying it for the past year.
Having a movie star for a dad must have advantages …
I try to keep my last name a secret for as long as I can. I did that even in my college application. You do get looked down on because people think, "Oh, she's here for this reason and no other reason." So there's disadvantages to it, but I do get to meet a lot of great people in the industry.
What type of acting advice has your dad given you?
I always go to him with any questions I have. My dad has been in it for so long, so he forgets and he goes, "It's easy, don't worry about it. Don't think about it." I'm like, "Dad, it's easy for you to say. You have an Oscar."