The private event was held on the rooftop of the Tory Burch boutique overlooking Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and drew actresses and others in the industry, including Kate Bosworth, Amanda Peet, Abigail Breslin and Emmy nominees such as Khandi Alexander.
Roles offered to women have evolved and television’s importance as a way for women to bond has increased over time, said Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive.
“The connection between women and characters and the shows they like is much deeper than it was before and then, at the same time, you’ve seen TV start to finally clue in that if you provide interesting, nuanced roles for women then you’re going to attract great talent, great writers, great directors, great women actors and also audiences,” she said. “To me, and I’m an outsider out here in Hollywood, but it seems to me that the roles are much richer and more nuanced in films than they were for women.”
For some, such as Alexander, who is a nominee in the guest actress in a drama category for her work on “Scandal,” the event was a nice retreat from the excitement surrounding Sunday’s awards ceremony.
“How special to be invited and to be amongst all these other women at this time, in the middle of this crazy awards season,” she said.
Alexander said she tends to shy away from giving advice to young actresses. “I am very clear that I will tell you exactly my experience, but I can’t give advice because I’ve made a lot of mistakes,” she said of what she often tells up-and-coming actresses who approach her for words of wisdom.
The lunch comes on the heels of Glamour’s first full TV issue that hit newsstands this week, focused on highlighting women in television on and off camera. So it seemed only fitting, given the theme of the latest issue and lunch, that the event be held at the Tory Burch store, Leive said.
“It’s such a nice location and Tory herself is a kickass businesswoman who went out and decided to make her own dream come true,” Leive said. “It was the perfect place. A power woman hosting other power women.”