Isan Elba, Daughter of Idris Elba, Named Golden Globes Ambassador
She follows last year's Ambassador, Simone Garcia Johnson, the daughter of Dwayne Johnson and producer Dany Garcia.
Isan Elba — the daughter of People's Sexiest Man Alive Idris Elba and businesswoman Kim Elba — has been named this year's Golden Globe Ambassador, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna announced Wednesday.
Retitled last year as Golden Globe Ambassador, the role was previously known as Miss (or Mr.) Golden Globe with previous title holders including the children of such Hollywood figures as Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood and Bruce Dern. Last year's Ambassador was Simone Garcia Johnson, the daughter of Dwayne Johnson and producer Dany Garcia.
“Last year, the HFPA renamed the title to represent a more inclusive role that was not only gender-neutral but also spoke to the HFPA’s commitment to philanthropy,” said Tatna. “However, we are continuing to stand by the tradition that the honoree is the daughter or son of a well-known actor.”
In addition to ushering presenters on and off stage and handing out awards, Elba will choose a non-profit organization and work to raise awareness for a cause of her choosing. She has chosen to focus on the issue of mental health.
“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” Elba said in a statement. “Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about. There's this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle. We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”
The HFPA on Tuesday canceled its annual party to reveal this year's Golden Globe Ambassador amid the Woolsey Fire that has devastated Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The HFPA later announced that it made $300,000 in donations to helping those impacted by the recent mass shooting and current wildfires in California. Organizations receiving donations Ventura County Community Foundation, California Fire Foundation and its SAVE program and California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund.
The Golden Globes, which are set to take place Jan. 6 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, is produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by Valence Media, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.