Hollywood rolled out the red carpet Friday night to kick off Emmy weekend, beginning with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ official nominee reception at Spectra by Wolfgang Puck at the Pacific Design Center. “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss fielded questions not only about her nomination but also about January Jones’ new baby. “We’re all very proud of her,” Moss said of her co-star. “We’re happy that it all went well, and we can’t wait to meet him. We have been through a lot in the last five years together and we’ve seen a few babies being born, so it’s nice to have another little ‘Mad Men’ child in the family.”
Meanwhile, “breakout” star Melissa McCarthy of “Mike and Molly” said she’s been hard at work for decades, even though the mainstream world may just be taking notice. She even pointed out that she started on the fashion track, and has come full circle. “I always thought I was going to do women’s clothing, like clothing and textile design,” McCarthy said. “When I came to New York, I figured I’d finish up at FIT, then I started stand-up comedy. But now I’m doing my own line. I don’t have a name for it yet, but I designed what I’m wearing to the Emmys.” When asked about her dress, she laughed: “It’s very similar to the egg that Lady Gaga wore [to the Grammy Awards].”
Over at The Eveleigh restaurant on the Sunset Strip, NBC Universal, Perry Ellis and Vanity Fair celebrated the nominated comedy “Parks and Recreation” with a party that also served as a surprise birthday fete for the show’s star, Amy Poehler. As Poehler blew out the candles on a giant cake decorated in her image, co-star Rashida Jones said, “It’s all so exciting. I mean, this is huge for us to be nominated.” The revelers included Melora Hardin of “The Office” and Perrey Reeves of “Entourage.”
Also on Friday, Thomas Keller opened not only the doors to his Bouchon Beverly Hills restaurant for Creative Artists Agency’s private bash, but also his kitchen for guests to bake their own baguettes and fill macarons, as well as pack their own to-go boxes with peanut butter cookies, mini chocolate bouchons, mini chocolate tarts and fruit tarts. Such privileges were reserved only for the Hollywood crème de la crème, though, including Jerry Bruckheimer, Les Moonves, Julie Chen, Brett Ratner, Doug Ellin, Katie Holmes, Chelsea Handler and André Balasz. Preferring to stay away from the foodie fray, couples Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough and Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Honsou took candle-lit tables for two on the balcony.
The night wrapped at the Women in Film and Entertainment bash at BOA Steakhouse. The late start was good for some attendees like Jenna Ushkowitz of “Glee,” who had just gotten off of work. “We just wrapped 10 minutes ago. We’re looking to have a good time,” she exclaimed as she dashed into the festivities. For “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, it was all about the food. “I ate over there, so now I’m going to do the drinking,” she laughed as waiters passed around BOA Steakhouse’s famous sliders and appropriately themed libations like “Best Supporting Apple” and “Cherry Carpet.” A proud Julie Bowen could only think about her feet. “These shoes are YSL classics.
I bought them on eBay.” Kathy Griffin only planned on kicking off her heels: “I’ll be like Snooki — I’ll take off my shoes and I’ll take out my poof.” Jaime Pressly and Natasha Henstridge held court at their own booth, and Minnie Driver and Kathleen Robertson had a girls’ night out: “We’re going to stalk a little bit.…I might follow Jon Hamm to the loo,” Driver laughed.