Some of the "Eternals" cast bowed out of Elle's Women in Hollywood event last night, due to a possible exposure to COVID-19. Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, and Lauren Ridloff, and director Chloé Zhao took precautions and stayed home. The event took place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
"Earlier today we were made aware of a possible exposure to COVID-19, and while all of our talent have tested negative, out of an abundance of caution, we are pivoting to virtual appearances rather than in-person events," said a Disney spokesperson.
Elle honored Jolie, Hayek, Chan, and Ridloff with a cover in celebration of their upcoming "Eternals" roles.
Chan attended via video to accept her honor from Zhao, saying, "I'm so sorry that I can't be with you this evening, but I am so proud to be honored alongside such incredible women: Angelina, Salma and Lauren. All of you I admire greatly, not just for everything they've achieved in their careers, but for everything they stand for in life and their advocacy."
Eva Longoria gave Jolie's acceptance speech for her, saying, "I am thinking tonight of all of the women who are bringing us through the pandemic. The scientists, the doctors and nurses, so many others who are showing us what strength and sacrifice are and whose contribution transcends borders. One of the best things about being part of ‘Eternals' was working with such a global cast. Women who were born in countries where the struggle for equality and rights is even more challenging than it is here. Women who know that what makes them different is what makes them beautiful, and gives them even more to contribute."
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