Presenter Colin Farrell (pictured above, right), host Max Greenfield and honoree Josh Lieberman (pictured above, left) had a curious Jewish/Catholic thing going on at the 12th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball. The June 8 gala at the Susan Harris and Hayward Kaiser estate in the Pacific Palisades raised over $1.25 million for the charity that helps the homeless find jobs. But it also offered a unique glimpse into one very special actor-agent relationship.
Farrell said of CAA’s Lieberman, “He’s the kind of agent who makes other agent call him daddy,” then went on to explain how Lieberman had taught this Catholic boy how to love Shabbat. “I was also there for his son’s bris. Still getting over that one,” cracked Farrell.
Taking the stage, Lieberman gave a nod to Catholics in the crowd. “Jews may not have saints but they do have Maryam Lieberman,” said the honoree, thanking his wife.
Greenfield then quipped, “Colin found the matzah! I should have done Jewish jokes.” The “New Girl” thesp queried Farrell and Lieberman, “What do you guys do to keep the magic going after all these years?”
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Farrell shot back, “His body tells me what he needs.”
And there were other bromances brewing. “I saw Chris Pine backstage,” said Greenfield. “He has a beard just like mine. Wow, I know I made the right move!”
Pine was there to present two of the night’s other honorees, his “Star Trek Into Darkness” scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, but first had to intro a video that featured, among many others, J.J. Abrams (“I’d like to be with you guys but unfortunately I’m on location in Los Angeles”) and Andrew Garfield.
“I want Andrew Garfield’s hair,” said Pine. “It’s so tall!”
Earlier in the night, Greenfield took the opportunity to praise longtime Chrysalis stalwart Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, comparing her to other actresses who “have a good idea” about doing charity work. “But all the sudden they get an audition for ‘Iron Man 3’ and then they forget about (the charity), and the sad thing is they don’t get the job either.”
The gala also honored Chernin Entertainment’s Katherine Pope and Chrysalis alum Johnny Gutierrez.
And for the record, Abrams did make it the event to see his “Star Trek” scribes honored.