When the Golden Globes air on NBC on Jan. 17, most attendees will be lucky if they make it to the stage once during the ceremony. But one unknown 18-year-old will be front and center from start to finish.
Mavis Spencer, daughter of actress Alfre Woodard, is this year’s Miss Golden Globe and will be handing out statues to the night’s winners. She follows in a long line of Hollywood progeny who have filled the role, including Melanie Griffith, Laura Dern, Joely Fisher, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rumer Willis.
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So since Spencer will be seen but not heard on awards night, WWD gives the teen a chance to sound off now.
BLOODLINE: Mother is Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodard and father is writer-producer-Huffington Post contributor Roderick Spencer.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Los Angeles’ Harvard-Westlake School last year; will begin Columbia University this fall. (Spencer is spending this year horseback riding — she’s a nationally ranked equestrian — and modeling.)
QUALIFICATIONS: “I’ve never done anything like this before, but I guess there’s a first time for everything,” says Spencer, whose showbiz experience is limited to a few roles in high school plays and accompanying mom at last year’s Emmys.
CLOTHES CALL: Spencer will be wearing Valentino on stage. “They made it especially for me, which is very exciting,” says the teen, who had three dresses custom-made by the house before eventually settling on one two weeks ago. “My only requirement was that it didn’t have a train.”
MOST NERVOUS ABOUT: “I only started appreciating my height [5 feet 11 inches] recently, so spending that much time on my feet is a little nerve-racking,” says the striking Spencer. “[I won’t wear] anything too towering [on my feet] because I definitely don’t need any help in the height department.”
MOST EXCITED TO MEET: “My mom’s an actress so I’m around that crowd a lot, but at the same time, it’s still kind of a big deal whoever you get to meet. I just started watching ‘The Vampire Diaries’ a couple weeks ago so I’d love to meet any of them.”
PRESHOW PREPARATION: Spencer plans to get her hair and makeup done at home with her mother the day of, but that’s about it when it comes to pre-Globes beauty prep. “I’ve been riding a lot, which keeps you really fit,” she says. “I go running occasionally. I’m not really a big gym person. I guess I’m just lucky to have a body for this kind of stuff.”
ADVICE: “My mom said that I should just go and have a good time and enjoy myself,” says Spencer. “And since it’s a sit-down dinner thing, someone told me to watch out for wobbly actors.”