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The Queen almost never got the chance to party with her royal subjects at the Governors Ball.
Just minutes before 9 p.m. on Monday, Claire Foy — who won this year’s best actress in a drama Emmy for her final turn as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown — was working her way toward the TV Academy’s official afterparty, but security was not about to let her through with a ripped ticket.
Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness (joined by boyfriend Wilco Froneman) came to the rescue and made a successful plea to security guards to let her pass. Foy and Van Ness had just met moments earlier: After posing for selfies together, Foy asked Van Ness to record a message for her sister, Gemma, because Gemma is such a Queer Eye fan.
“Be fabulous, be yourself,” Foy directed Van Ness, to which he responded, “I’m mildly freaking out. I want to be British, too, I love you so much.”
“This is the best thing that has ever happened in my life,” Foy said, clutching her trophy.
Foy eventually got into the Governors Ball before taking off for Netflix’s gathering at NeueHouse, where the actress partied with another Queer Eye star, Tan France, who hand-delivered some pizza to Foy at her table.
Elsewhere at the shindig, the cast of Stranger Things made a dance circle in the middle of the floor, causing a stir but not quite enough to eclipse the fandom surrounding Van Ness, France and friends. Said one reveler, referring to last year’s Emmy belles of the ball: “The Queer Eye guys are the new Stranger Things kids.”
This story also appears in the Sept. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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