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When the original Valley Girl was released in 1983 starring a young Nicolas Cage, Eric Garcetti was an 11-year-old Encino kid, growing up in an era when your parent’s area code was one of life’s most important social determinants: “You 818? No Man! I swear, I’m 310.”
That nostalgia, like, totally explains why Mayor Garcetti jumped at the chance to make a cameo as the principal of the fictional high school in MGM’s remake of Valley Girl that comes out next year. The remake, now in postproduction, is a period musical set in the ‘80s directed by Rachel Goldenberg and starring newcomers Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse.
“I’m a Valley Boy myself, so I felt right at home in the reboot of one of my favorite ‘80s classics — even if Nic Cage’s orange faux-hawk didn’t make it to set,” Garcetti tells THR. “I’m always ready to support an L.A.-based production that has employed more than 200 hardworking Angelenos, and was able to shoot in the creative capital of the world, thanks to the California Film Tax Credit.”
And while he may just be a kid from the valley, Garcetti had political tongues wagging when he showed up in New Hampshire last week to stump for a local mayoral candidate, setting off speculation that he was dipping his toe in the 2020 presidential race (New Hampshire is the first-in-the-nation primary). A few days later, he told the Sacramento Bee that he had not ruled out a run for the governorship next year, which, if successful would make him the second actor turned politician to hold the state’s highest office.
It’s not Garcetti’s first turn in front of the camera, though it is his first major movie part. He’s previously been seen on such TV shows as The Closer, Angie Tribeca and Major Crimes — all in mayoral (or mayoral security) roles.
A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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