9 Actresses who brought activist dates to the Golden Globes
It was already announced that the women attending the Golden Globes would unite and wear black in support of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and after a difficult year that rocked Hollywood to its core. But to further battle sexual harassment and advocate for gender equality in Hollywood and beyond, several actresses decided to take it a step further, by — in lieu of bringing a typical date — attending the ceremony with an activist as a plus-one. Click through to see which eight celebrities brought people fighting for change to Sunday’s awards.
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Laura Dern and Mónica Ramírez
Laura Dern won the TV best supporting actress category at the Globes exactly a decade ago for the HBO film Recount. She’s competing again for her Emmy-winning Big Little Lies turn, and this time, she’s brought Mónica Ramírez — an activist who organizes against sexual violence in rural areas and for Latina empowerment — as her plus-one.
Amy Poehler and Saru Jayaraman
Amy Poehler, who won a Golden Globe for her performance in Parks and Recreation and earned rave reviews for hosting the ceremony with Tina Fey, is back this year with Saru Jayaraman by her side. Jayaraman is a workplace justice advocate.
Susan Sarandon and Rosa Clemente
An activist herself, Sarandon brought as her date someone with whom she’s long been familiar with politically. Rosa Clemente is a community organizer whose primary causes include Puerto Rican independence and community organizer, and in 2008, she ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket Sarandon, a frequent Green Party voter, is nominated for best actress in a limited series for Feud: Bette and Joan.
Emma Stone and Billie Jean King
Emma Stone is gearing up to win her second straight best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy Globe after taking it last year for La La Land. This year, she’s nommed for her turn as Billie Jean King, the feminist tennis champion who has, through the Women’s Tennis Association she founded, battled for gender equality for much of her life. She’s by her portrayer’s side at the Globes.
Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo
Meryl Streep, nominated for yet another Globe this year for her lead dramatic turn in The Post, brings Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Poo organizes immigrant women workers.
Emma Watson and Marai Larasi
Watson, a presenter, has worked with Marai Larasi for the past year and told E! that she thought it was a no-brainer to bring her as her Globes date when she heard about the proposed plan. Larasi is the executive director of Imkaan, in Britain which brings together various organizations who are working to end violence against women, particularly women of color.
Michelle Williams and Tarana Burke
Michelle Williams’ plus-one is none other than Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement. “You know why we’re here? We’re here because of Tarana,” Williams told E! on the Globes red carpet. “We’re here because Tarana started a movement and she planted a seed years ago and it’s grown and caught fire.” Burke is also the director of Girls for Gender Equity, a nonprofit; Williams is nominated for best actress in a motion picture, drama, for All the Money in the World.
Shailene Woodley and Calina Lawrence
Shailene Woodley, nominated for Big Little Lies in best supporting actress, was famously arrested in 2016 for criminal trespassing while protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was set to run through Native American land and burial grounds. It’s fitting, then, that she brought activist Calina Lawrence as her Globes date: Lawrence is a Suquamish Tribe member who fights for Native Americans’ water rights.
Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung
For Jolie’s harrowing, Golden Globe-nominated foreign language film First They Killed My Father, the director adapted Loung Ung’s acclaimed memoir of the same name. Now they’re at the Globes together. Ung is a human rights activist who currently serves as national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World.