'Eternals' stars Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek skip event after possible Covid-19 exposure


(From left) Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan and Salma Hayek. Photos: Reuters

Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff and director Chloe Zhao did not attend Elle's Women in Hollywood event on Tuesday night due to possible exposure to Covid-19.

"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," a Disney spokesperson told Variety.

Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia made the announcement during the event, saying that they "were just exposed, so to keep everyone safe those superheroes are now in super isolation".

It is unclear how the cast members and director may have been exposed to Covid-19, but they were all in attendance at the Los Angeles premiere of Eternals on Monday night.

Jolie, Hayek, Chan and Ridloff were all honoured with an Elle cover to celebrate their roles in Eternals and other contributions to film and television. Director Zhao was planning to be in attendance at the event to present the honour to Jolie.

However, Chan appeared via video to accept her honor from Jon M. Chu, who said in his speech, "I'm so honoured to know you - wish you were here."

"I'm so sorry that I can't be with you this evening, but I am so proud to be honoured alongside such incredible women: Angelina, Salma and Lauren," Chan said in her virtual speech. "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."

When it came time for Demi Moore to present Hayek's honour, Moore read her acceptance speech aloud to the audience. Eva Longoria did the same with Jolie's remarks.

Representatives for Elle, Jolie, Hayek, Chan, Ridloff and Zhao did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

In their cover story, the stars discussed what the highly anticipated film will offer its viewers.

"It's magical. There's something extremely special about it," Hayek said. "I felt there was something different about this world -- about the people that were cast in this movie, about the tone, the sensation of the images."

The event took place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and also honoured Gal Gadot, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno and Halle Berry. Other attendees included Hailey Bieber, Addison Rae, Lexi Underwood, Ciara, Yvonne Orji, Lucy Hale, Lena Waithe, Patty Jenkins, Debbie Allen and more. – Reuters

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