The biz’s rising generation of beauty and talent turned up in their glad rags at Tuesday night’s Vanity Fair and the Fiat Brand Toast to Celebrate Young Hollywood soiree, held at Sunset Boulevard’s fabled Chateau Marmont. There, hosts Olivia Munn — who looked sleek and polished in her David Koma dress — and Vanity Fair’s senior West Coast editor Krista Smith assembled a starry post-adolescent crowd.
Among the revelers: “Scream Queens” dame Lea Michele, who bared her killer flat abs in a black asymmetrical top and matching wide-legged trousers and left the party after an hour; “Modern Family’s” Ariel Winter; “Dirty Grandpa’s” Zoey Deutch; and “Ray Donovan” star Kerris Dorsey, who arrived holding hands with boyfriend, “Goosebumps” actor and “indie-alternative” singer and musician Dylan Minnette.
Montenegro-born, Canada-raised tennis star Milos Raonic, at a towering 6’5″, made perhaps the splashiest initial impression wandering through the much-shorter partygoers at the Hollywood hotspot.
The festive event featured light hors d’oeuvres (while champers flowed) and upbeat tunes spun by DJ Mia Moretti, who impressively rocked a ’70s-esque Nasty Gal rose-embroidered jumpsuit with plunging V-neck. All gathered in support of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, a service-based arm of the Feeding America network of food banks that provides food to more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans every week — 37% of whom are children.
On the topic of “Ray Donovan” and the Boston accent that seems to have taken Hollywood by storm these past few years, the Cali-raised Dorsey — who starred as Brad Pitt’s adorably precocious daughter in “Moneyball” — joked that everybody she meets seems to think she’s from Canada.
“I’ll meet people and they’ll ask me to do a Boston accent like they do on the show (Liev Schreiber’s character hails from ‘Southie’), and I’ll try it, but I’m not even sure if it’s any good,” said Dorsey with a laugh. “And then they’ll ask what part of Canada I’m from. I think it’s ‘cuz I go up at the end of each sentence, like it’s a question.”
When approached by a fan who praised “Ray Donovan” as one of her favorite shows, Dorsey beamed with pride: “That makes me so happy when people enjoy the show so much.”
Minnette, who completed filming Fede Alvarez’s horror-thriller “A Man in the Dark” and is currently focused on his music career (while “waiting to see what the next right acting part will be”), surveyed the mix of starlets and industry figures milling about and, after a thoughtful pause, philosophized that being a child star — he’s been in the biz since he was 8 — definitely results in some positive life lessons.
“When you start out young, by the time you’re 13 you’ve already gotten used to rejection — because you don’t get every part,” he said, “and in a way, it’s really helpful, because you learn how to brush these things off and just look at it as fun and move on and be a kid.”
Of course, the event drew an older crowd as well (because someone had to chaperone these young bucks, right?). In one corner of the amply candle-lit patio, Tony Award-nominated actor Sam Robards (“West Wing,” “Gossip Girl”) waxed nostalgic about growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, when legendary parents Lauren Bacall and Jason Robards would take their young offspring to parties populated by Hollywood’s all-time most glamorous icons. Think: Swifty Lazar’s Oscar shindigs.
“I never come to these things,” he said of last night’s gathering of young stars. “It’s hilarious. There’s nothing more fun.”
When asked what project he was currently involved in, Robards answered with the kind of well-seasoned snark only a veteran of showbiz can muster.
“I’m not in anything,” he said with a crooked grin. “I’m here. I’m in the present. At this party. I’m having the best night ever.”