Reported by Joyce Datiles, with contributors Barbie Ross & Ryan Kahn
Best seats in the house…again. “When you win a contest for being television’s biggest fan, are flown to the Emmy Awards, given special treatment and have a running gag with Neil Patrick Harris live on nationally broadcast TV [and on the red carpet], it can be difficult to one-up such an experience.” Or so thought Barbie Ross, last year’s Best Seat in the House contest winner for VIP seats at the 61st Emmy Awards. Call it déjà vu or better, Ms. Ross graced the red carpet once again at last Sunday’s 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards that took place at the Los Angeles Staples Center and was hosted by Jimmy Fallon at the Nokia Theater.
Barbie, an aspiring television writer and friend of mine met when I worked in Los Angeles, had apparently left a lasting impression upon quite a few fellow red carpet colleagues ~ she received her invite this year from the Emmy Ticket Office, who remembered her lovely self and sent her a pair of tickets! And for 2010’s greatest television awards show in the world, who was Barbie’s white knight but none other than THE Ryan Kahn of MTV’s new hit show, Hired, another mutual friend and founder of Rock Start, a charity that donates musical instruments to children in need. Rock star indeed, Ryan showed up in his red 1957 Porsche with a faux Emmy in hand with the title, ‘Emmy’s 2010 Best Date: Barbie Ross.’ Who says Hollywood romantic gestures have to be scripted?
Tickets: check. Red carpet gown: check. Ryan the rockstar: check. We’re good to go. Our lovely pair arrived at the Staples Center all glam and charm amidst screaming fans yelling, ‘Taylor!’ as in Swift upon laying eyes on Barbie. Smile and wave, Barb, smile and wave…
Red carpet fashion was varied this year, with some glaringly obvious hits and many misses. For this column, we’ve given you our favorites, especially Glee’s Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera, Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta, and Claire Danes in Armani Prive, a gown which was also featured in one of our past columns, Paris Haute Couture July 2010.
We’re sure you’ve all read the articles on who won what at the Emmy’s this year, so we’ll keep it short to get to our insiders’ story. New comedy reigned as Modern Family, the ABC comedy series about a disarmingly dysfunctional family, won the top comedy series, writing and supporting actor awards. Fox’s cult phenom Glee was nominated for 19 Emmys and won two trophies: Jane Lynch for supporting actress in a comedy and series creator ,Ryan Murphy, for comedy direction. The winning duo Modern Family and Glee ended the total domination in the comedy category by 30 Rock.
For the drama category, AMC‘s Mad Men, a dark period drama set in the 1960s on Madison Avenue, won its third consecutive Emmy for drama series, while Bryan Cranston of AMC’s Breaking Bad won his third lead-acting Emmy.
Before gushing over to the Fox after-party report, let’s do a quick flashback to last year when Barbie won a trip to the Emmy’s with CBS’ Best Seat in the House Contest based on a video she filmed and edited that depicted her status as TV’s biggest fan [literally, ask her anything, be it what scene in what show in what season…and she’ll know]. CBS flew the winner out to LA, gave her a walk-around pre-show tour of the grounds [i.e. the Nokia Theater] as well as VIP red carpet status including an interview for CBS and bigwig seats up front and center during the awards show.
Getting invites to the after-party, especially the FOX after-party, is a pretty big deal, so Barbie and Ryan were thrilled to meet the cast members of Glee, Modern Family [including Barbie’s Julie Bowen girl-talk sesh in the powder room!] and, once again, Neil Patrick Harris.
Q & A with Ryan Kahn
Interviewed by Joyce Datiles
J: Was there a favorite moment last night at the Emmy’s or during the after-party?
R: Getting the chance to celebrate with Ed O’Neill for his big win with Modern Family. It was so fun to see how truly excited for the show he is. Especially coming from him, who’s had such a successful career as Al Bundy. This is like lightning striking again and I’m so happy for him! He was one of the last to leave the FOX after-party because there was so much well-deserved celebrating to be had.
J: And how was the afterparty?
R: It’s all about the after party, and the FOX after-party was the place to be, [what] with the success of Modern Family and Glee. All the cast were there at the Cicada, including several others from the night, from Neil Patrick Harris to Seal and Heidi Klum.
J: Who did you get to meet & greet?
R: Everyone! It was a great atmosphere where everyone could just enjoy the night in celebration together. The venue was set up for a perfect event, appetizers around the room, top shelf dinning and drinks. Upstairs was a lounge with a jazz band which accentuated the 1920’s Hollywood vibe.
J: Who were you rooting for? Was it Madmen, Modern Family…or are you Glee all the way?
R: I was rooting for MTV’s Hired but there was some great competition and we were not nominated this year.
J: Any thoughts on your red carpet entrance? How was the atmosphere? I’m sure you felt at home among all those lights…
R: In LA, the stars don’t just come out at night – the red carpet was lit up with celebrities and paparazzi as we arrived at 3:30pm. The Nokia Center is designed for award shows so this was a great venue for the event. Inside were enormous HD screens all around the stage with beautiful digital graphics and videos. During the commercial breaks they played highlights of the Emmys of the years past which was amazing to see so many historical TV moments.
J: And let’s talk about your amazing boys and girls club music program contribution…besides having an awesome hit MTV show and jamming out with your band, you still find time to give back to the next generation by sharing what you love. What is it about music that makes you want to share it with others?
R: When I was a kid my dad took me to the guitar store and told me I could pick out any guitar I wanted. Music changed my life and I want to share that same moment with other kids that are less fortunate than I was. I founded Rock Start, which is a charity that donates guitars to children. This month I donated 20 new guitars to the music program at the Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro. They will be giving the kids guitar lessons and the ability to take their guitars home with them to play as much as they want!
To learn more about Ryan’s amazing program, check out RockStart.org.
Many thanks to Barbie Ross and Ryan Kahn for their contribution to this article
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