'Terminator' Star Linda Hamilton Wants Invitation to Marine Corps Ball (Video)
The actress says in a YouTube video she would be "really, really thrilled" to take the place of Betty White, who turned down the chance to go earlier this week.
After Betty White turned down an invitation to the Marine Corps Ball, Terminator star Linda Hamilton now says she would be willing to take her place.
The actress, who more recently appeared in several episodes of NBC's Chuck, posted a YouTube video Tuesday saying she spent the whole night crying because White was forced to turn down Sgt. Ray Lewis' invitation.
"Betty called and I talked to her for hours and I know she feels terrible," Hamilton says in the video. "So I just decided that I would try to reach out to you and say, 'Look, I know that I am no Betty White, but I would be really, really thrilled if you can't find anything else, and I know that it's unlikely, but if you can't find anybody else to go to the ball with you, I could go.'"
On Friday, White became the latest in Hollywood to be invited to the Nov. 18 event in North Carolina when Lewis posted a video on YouTube.
"She's funny, she's sweet, she's mature, she's the all-around perfect woman," Lewis said in explaining why he chose White to ask to be his date. "I really think that we'd have a good time. I'm fun."
But White told Access Hollywood that her schedule wouldn't allow her to attend.
“I am deeply flattered and truly appreciate the invitation, as everyone knows I love a man in uniform … but unfortunately I cannot accept, as I will be taping an episode of Hot in Cleveland,” she said.
The whole craze of Marines asking celebrities to the ball was sparked when Friends With Benefits star Mila Kunis last week accepted a YouTube invitation from Sgt. Scott Moore to go to the ball.
“Never did I say that I was not going,” Kunis said, addressing rumors that she could not move forward with her date with Moore due to work conflicts. “I am attending. I’m going. Nov. 18, I will be there.”
She added: "I accepted an invitation and I’m staying true to my word. I got permission to be released from work for the day, so I’m flying in and flying out.”
A few days later, Kunis' Friends With Benefits co-star Justin Timberlake accepted an invitation from U.S. Marine Kelsey de Santis extended through a YouTube video.
“If my schedule works out to do it, I’d love to do it. It’s an honor,” Timberlake said at a press conference touting his upcoming comedy.
Meanwhile, Olympic champion snowboarder Shaun White, who appears in Friends With Benefits with Kunis and Timberlake, also says he would be interested in attending.
“I would be honored to go if I were asked," White told HuffPost Celebrity. "I would have to get my dancing shoes on."