Last night the Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society (JHRTS) held their 7th Annual Holiday Party featuring the best and brightest up-and-coming young personalities in the entertainment industry today. While stars from shows like Glee, Make it or Break It, and Accidentally on Purpose walked the red carpet, the next generation of producers, publicists, writers, and directors also mingled inside My House on Hollywood Boulevard.
Unfortunately, the biggest names from the tip sheet (Jon Foster from the aforementioned Accidentally on Purpose and Kevin Mchale and Jenna Ushkowitz from Glee) didn't make the green "carpet." Instead, though, I got to chat with a few of their co-stars, among others, about the holiday season. I even got them to give me recommendations for my 30 Days of Christmas experiment!
"Oh man, you have to watch National Lampoon ['s Christmas Vacation]!" Nicolas Wright from Accidentally on Purpose exclaimed. "It has to be comedy all the way," he added, when asked if that's the kind of holiday role he'd want. "I can't do that kind of traumatic family drama at Christmas; we get enough of that from our own families!"
Though Darin Brooks, formerly of Days of our Lives and in the upcoming Blue Mountain State, mentioned that he has watched Four Christmases "three or four times in the last month just because it's been on," the biggest hits with these young stars were the old-fashioned classics. Both Naya Rivera (Glee) and Jake Whetter (Radio Disney) recommended the claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Will their picks make the cut? Stay tuned into this site to find out!
The venue was beautiful, the atmosphere was festive, and the attendees were chatty, but what I was really excited about last night were the raffle items: Chelsea Lately tickets, a Biggest Loser fan pack, a GLEE fan pack, and an Office set visit!! And the proceeds went to Feeding America. In a town that usually just celebrates itself, JHRTS works to unite and celebrate the next generation as well as charitable giving; how's that for the holiday spirit??