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Eternals stars sit out Women in Hollywood Celebration after Covid-19 exposure 

The Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Gemma Chan sit out ELLE’s 2021 Women in Hollywood Celebration after Covid-19 exposure

  • ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia announced that Jolie, Hayek, Chan and Lauren Ridloff were skipping the event due to a possible Covid-19 exposure on Monday
  • The four women attended the Eternals world premiere in Hollywood that day, where they may have been exposed
  • A Disney spokesperson clarified that none of the four had test positive yet, but they would be sticking to virtual appearances only for the time being
  • All four were being honored at the Women in Hollywood event


The women of Marvel’s upcoming superhero film The Eternals are skipping out on ELLE’s 2021 Women in Hollywood Celebration after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff were all among the honorees at the high-profile event on Tuesday, but it was revealed during the event’s opening remarks that the four wouldn’t be attending out of an abundance of caution.

‘Those superheroes are now in super isolation,’ ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia shared from the stage, adding that it’s ‘the new reality,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Safety first: The Eternals star Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff sat out ELLE’s 2021 Women in Hollywood celebration on Tuesday after they were exposed to Covid-19 the day before; still from The Eternals

The actresses, along with the rest of the principal cast of The Eternals, all attended the world premiere of The Eternals, which was held Monday night at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood.

Despite the exposure, none of the stars have so far tested positive for Covid-19, according to a Disney spokesperson in a statement shared with the publication.

‘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,’ they said.

It’s not known if another member of the cast had tested positive, or if it was someone else who came into close proximity with the four women at the Hollywood premiere. 

Fortress of solitude: 'Those superheroes are now in super isolation,' ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia shared from the stage

Good for now: A Disney spokesperson said they were currently negative despite the possible exposure

Fortress of solitude: ‘Those superheroes are now in super isolation,’ ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia shared from the stage. A Disney spokesperson said they were currently negative despite the possible exposure; Jolie and Hayek pictured on Monday in Hollywood

The four women made up a large chunk of the honorees at the Women in Hollywood event, which was also celebrating Halle Berry, The Last Duel star Jodie Comer, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno and fellow superhero star Gal Gadot.

ELLE was celebrating the cast for breaking new ground in Hollywood, with Ridloff becoming the first deaf woman to play a Marvel superhero.

Jolie has long been an advocate and activist for refugees when she isn’t on set, while Hayek launched a campaign last year to battle domestic violence, which surged amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Earlier this year, Chan took a stand to try to end discrimination against people of Asian origin as disturbing hate crimes against Asian rose in the wake of the pandemic.

Standing for something: ELLE was celebrating the cast for breaking new ground in Hollywood. Chan has spoken out against AAPI hate, while Jolie is an advocate for immigrants and Hayek has stood up for domestic violence victims; Chan seen Monday

Standing for something: ELLE was celebrating the cast for breaking new ground in Hollywood. Chan has spoken out against AAPI hate, while Jolie is an advocate for immigrants and Hayek has stood up for domestic violence victims; Chan seen Monday

Breaking new ground: Ridloff became the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; seen Monday

Breaking new ground: Ridloff became the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; seen Monday

In their new Marvel film The Eternals, the quartet are joined by an all-star cast featuring Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan and Kit Harington.

They play a race of immortal beings who have watched over the Earth for thousands of years to keep it safe from another alien race known as the Deviants.

The film features a particularly diverse cast for the mostly white and male Marvel universe.

The Eternals is co-written and directed by filmmaker Chloé Zhao, who won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for her critically acclaimed drama Nomadland. 

Diversity: The large cast of The Eternals makes it one of the most diverse films amid the mostly white and male Marvel universe

Diversity: The large cast of The Eternals makes it one of the most diverse films amid the mostly white and male Marvel universe



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