“Earlier today we were made aware of possible exposure to COVID-19, and although all of our talents have tested negative, out of caution we are turning to virtual appearances rather than in-person events,” a Disney spokesperson said. Recount Variety.
Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia made the announcement at the event, saying they “had just been on display, so to keep everyone safe, these superheroes are now on display. super isolation ”.
It’s unclear how the cast and director may have been exposed to COVID-19, but they were all in attendance at the “Eternals” premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night.
Jolie, Hayek, Chan and Ridloff were all honored with an Elle cover to celebrate their roles in “Eternals” and other contributions to film and television. Director Zhao was planning to attend the event to bestow the honor on Jolie.
However, Chan appeared on video to accept her honor from Jon M. Chu, who said in his speech, “I am so honored to know you – I wish you were here. “
“I’m so sorry that I can’t be with you tonight, but I’m so proud to be honored alongside such amazing women: Angelina, Salma and Lauren,” Chan said in her virtual speech. “I admire you all immensely, not only for everything they have accomplished in their careers, but for everything they represent in life and for their advocacy. “
When it came time for Demi Moore to present Hayek’s Honor, Moore read her acceptance speech aloud to the audience. Eva Longoria did the same with Jolie’s remarks.
“I think tonight of all the women who take us through the pandemic. Scientists, doctors and nurses, so many others who show us what strength and sacrifice are and whose contribution transcends borders, ”Jolie wrote in her speech. “One of the best things about being a part of ‘Eternals’ has been working with such a global cast. Women born in countries where the fight for equality and rights is even more difficult than here. Women who know that what makes them different is what makes them beautiful and gives them even more to contribute.
Representatives for Elle, Jolie, Hayek, Chan, Ridloff, and Zhao did not immediately respond to Varietyrequest for comments.
In their cover, the stars discussed what the highly anticipated film will offer its viewers.
” It is magic. There is something extremely special about it, ”said Hayek. “I felt there was something different in this world – about the people who were chosen in this film, the tone, the feel of the pictures. “
The event took place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and also honored Gal Gadot, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno and Halle Berry. Other attendees included Hailey Bieber, Addison Rae, Lexi Underwood, Ciara, Yvonne Orji, Lucy Hale, Lena Waithe, Patty Jenkins, Debbie Allen and many more.
Marc Malkin contributed to this report.