The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is celebrating its milestone 75th anniversary with a new role for the Golden Globes that was long overdue.
Simone Garcia Johnson, the 16-year-old daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, made her debut as the new Golden Globes Ambassador, formerly Miss Golden Globe, on Wednesday at Catch LA restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif.
“It’s more inclusive and promotes equality — and I love those things,” Johnson said. “I just hope that I can be the best version of myself and use this platform as a role model to young people everywhere.”
The gig entails representing the HFPA year-round and supporting special causes. The title replaces Miss Golden Globe, which began in 1963 as an introduction to Hollywood for up-and-coming stars. Freddie Prinze Jr. and other males have served as Mr. Golden Globe, but the change is a sign of the times.
“We’re a traditional organization and even though we talked about it, it never came together, but with the 75th anniversary, it seemed like the perfect time to get the role expanded,” said HFPA president Meher Tatna. “Miss Golden Globe sounds a bit dated now. We wanted it to be more involved than just an after-party and handing out trophies.”
Sistine Stallone, who was named 2017 Miss Golden Globe with sisters Scarlet and Sophia, called the opportunity a “coming out party.”
“Nobody knew who we were — we were kind of a mystery, and we’re very lucky that the Golden Globes was our platform and our voice to say we are individuals, we’re [Sylvester] Stallone’s kids, but for once it was about us — and that was a big thing.”
Greer Grammer, daughter of Kelsey Grammer, who was named Miss Golden Globe in 2015 said that inclusiveness and gender equality are subjects that have room for growth in film and TV, too.
“With what’s happening with sexual abuse in the workplace, I think those issues women are struggling with is something we can tap into,” Grammer said.
The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will air live to NBC coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.