“Did you see that?” Anthony Mackie posed to fellow partygoers entering inside Chateau Marmont — where stars from some of television’s most popular shows (like “Game of Thrones,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Downton Abbey”) started the SAG celebrating early at Entertainment Weekly’s annual awards eve extravaganza on Friday night. “There’s a woman flashing (her phone conversation with) an old naked dude, holding a glass of wine, waiting for her to come home!” he said to the amusement of surrounding guests — though inside the packed fete, there was action enough.
“Game of Thrones'” Alfie Allen, early to arrive, held court in Chateau’s inside area — where he introduced two of his male “mates,” and had a chat with “Downton Abbey’s” Tom Cullen. He proceeded to catch up with the rest of the cast, including Carice van Houten, Hannah Murray and Maisie Williams — who had some fun at the Mabelline New York counter, where guests could snag matte liquid lip shades, get a custom “lip print” reading or simply dip their hands into the candy jars (like “Thrones'” Sophie Turner did). Later, the ladies stood together on the periphery of the dance floor, perhaps eager to turn the party into the raging dance fest it was years prior (when Damien Lewis, Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o showed their stuff), though in the end, they didn’t resort to any dance floor “Games.”
“Modern Family’s” Rico Rodriguez also came through on the early end, doing a lap with sister Raini Rodriguez, while another precocious child star, “Beast of No Nation’s” Abraham Attah, silently took in the scene with a group of peers. Rodriguez later reunited with co-star Sarah Hyland, who dropped in with boyfriend Dominic Sherwood, and at around 10:30 p.m., Nolan Gould was on the hunt to say goodbye to Julie Bowen.
Bowen shared a bonding session (and a hug) with “Scandal” star Bellamy Young, who shimmered in a multi-beaded Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress — and lured the likes of Aldis Hodge. “I’m a big fan,” the “Straight Outta Compton” star came up and told her. “I love your work.”
En route outside to Chateau’s festive patio (the party encompassed the entire downstairs space), “Transparent’s” Michaela Watkins stood at lengths, having an intense chat in the doorway. A few steps farther outside, the “Downton Abbey” cast — including Lesley Nicol and Sophie McShera — stood stationed for much of the evening. A more mobile Joanne Froggatt did laps inside with her husband James Cannon, who rested his hand on the lower back she showed off in a black backless dress, and “Downton’s” Allen Leech mingled inside with “Life in Pieces'” Angelique Cabral and “Transparent’s” Amy Landecker — who showed some skin of her own.
“I feel kind of exposed,” Landecker confessed of her sexy cleavage-bearing neckline, stating that her dress was made by Anna Wintour’s CFDA fashion fund finalist Jonathan Simkhai. The “Transparent” star also admitted she was starting to get the hang of this awards season thing. “I’m settling into it,” she said. “I realize you can go out and have fun running into people.”
Another star enjoying the awards season rounds is SAG-nominated actor for “Mr. Robot,” Rami Malek. “Is this all blowing your mind?” Variety asked the native Californian, who’s found many a fan in the females. “It’s blowing my mind,” he agreed.
Lisa Rinna also had a blatant fan — and a brazen one, at that. “I love that you came up,” she told a gentleman who approached her for a selfie. “Most guys are shy about it,” she joked. Meanwhile, her beau Harry Hamlin did his own thing, mingling with “Better Call Saul’s” Patrick Fabian.
On the film front, “Spotlight’s” scribe Josh Singer and star Brian D’Arcy James came with their wives; Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. (who snapped a spirited selfie with wife/actress Catrina Robinson Brown) represented “Straight Outta Compton”; and Jeremy Strong and Hamish Linklater from “The Big Short” showed. But there was an overwhelming presence from stars of the small screen — including “American Horror Story’s” Jamie Brewer, Finn Wittrock and Lily Rabe; “Veep’s” Reid Scott and Sam Richardson; “Transparent’s” Carrie Brownstein, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Kiersey Clemons; “Vinyl’s” Jack Quaid; “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles'” Christina Ricci; “How to Get Away with Murder’s” Billy Brown; “Empire’s” Ta’Rhonda Jones; “Scream Queens'” Skyler Samuels; “Mad Men’s” Sola Bamis and Stephanie Drake; “Homeland’s” Rene Ifrah; and “The People v. OJ’s” Jessica Blair Herman, who caught up with “Once Upon a Time Actress” Jennifer Morrison — who, in a white patterned dress and Oroton Aura clutch, spoke with reporters about European travel outside on the deck.
By far the biggest television series showing came by way of the lively “Orange is the New Black” bunch: Laverne Cox, Jessica Pimentel, Emma Myles, Vicky Jeudy, Catherine Curtin, Selenis Leyva, Diane Guerrero, Lea DeLaria, Jackie Cruz, Samira Wiley, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Lori Petty. The crew at one point took over the photo booth station, snapping a shot in which a suited Prepon made fierce eyes at the camera.
Nearby at the bar, Zoe Kravitz, rocking chained earrings and dress straps, mingled with a male friend, and a towering Cox — who’d chatted earlier with “Suits'” Sarah Rafferty — attracted much attention in her long-sleeved pink dress with side cutouts. She noted to Variety, however, that while the prominent jeweled necklace wasn’t a part of her dress, it was presented alongside the ensemble by the designer.
Several of the “OITNB” ladies, including Moore, got the moving going inside on the dance floor — where DJ Michelle Pesce played some old school hip hop followed by a Madonna number, which the ladies couldn’t refuse. “Transparent” star Hoffmann also vehemently led the dance floor charge, with help from her spirited co-star Duplass. “We’re trying to stop the talking and start the dancing,” he hinted.