Cool digs, Hump Day and top-shelf drinks and hors d’ouevres brought out showbiz players in droves to celebrate Variety‘s 10 Brits to Watch, co-hosted by British Airways, where seven of the 10 honorees gathered for one of the entertainment industry’s most storied traditions: saluting itself on an extravagant scale. The modern $28.8 million house — a kind of bachelor pad on steroids, with eight bedrooms and nine baths perched just above the Strip in West Hollywood — proved the ideal place to mix and roam.
Among the Brits lending moral support to their fellow talents were Kelly Osbourne, “True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer and “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver, who’s in town filming a guest starring role on NBC’s “Community.” Asked if it was tough playing a secondary role after being the leading man on “The Daily Show” while its regular host, Jon Stewart, was away filming his feature directorial debut, Oliver responded: “No, no, I was driving someone else’s car and I was happy to throw him the keys back. I’m glad that the car was still in one piece.” Although he comes from a tradition of classical theater training and practicing the King’s English, Oliver assured that he doesn’t suffer from a superiority complex. “You don’t suffer from a superiority complex you’re blessed with one…We speak the English language the way the words are supposed to sound, which Americans, despite their history of rebelling against us, respect for the natural authority of the Anglo-Saxons.”
One of the honorees, Georgia King, best known for her role as an American single mom on “The New Normal,” has been living in Los Angeles for about a year and a half, and says people are surprised when they discover where she’s from, a testament to her craft. “People pretty much recoil in horror when I speak in a British accent. It’s actually massively complimentary,” she told Variety. “I’m really loving L.A. but it’s so foreign — it’s such a different lifestyle here.”
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When asked to elaborate, she admitted: “The car situation; the amount of kale that people eat; the hiking; the sunshine. It’s very limitless because it’s all to do with the industry. But I think it’s also sometimes a little bit limited in a sense that it’s all to do with the industry. There’s a lot of diversity in London; in L.A. it’s there, it just takes a while to discover it.”