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Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba, chosen as 2019 Golden Globe ambassador

Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba, appears at a press conference naming her as the 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador at The Four Seasons Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 14. (Jordan Strauss / Jordan Strauss/Associated Press)
Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba, appears at a press conference naming her as the 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador at The Four Seasons Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 14. (Jordan Strauss / Jordan Strauss/Associated Press)
By Libby Hill Los Angeles Times

Isan Elba, daughter of actor Idris Elba and makeup artist and businesswoman Kim Elba, has been named the Golden Globe ambassador heading into the awards ceremony’s 76th year.

Elba is just the second ambassador in the organization’s history, after the role once known as Miss Golden Globe was updated and rechristened last year.

“Last year, the HFPA renamed the title to represent a more inclusive role that was not only gender-neutral but also spoke to the HFPA’s commitment to philanthropy,” Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna said upon announcing Elba as ambassador on Wednesday.

In addition to transporting trophies and escorting winners offstage during the ceremony, Elba will align herself with a nonprofit organization and work to raise awareness for a cause of her own choosing.

For Elba, that’s mental health.

“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” Isan said at Wednesday’s announcement. “Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers, in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about.

“There’s this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle,” she said. “We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”

The HFPA announcement comes after Tuesday’s news that the organization had canceled its Golden Globe Ambassador Party that was to accompany the announcement due to the ongoing wildfires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The 76th Golden Globe Awards will take place Jan. 6 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The nominations announcement is scheduled for Dec. 6.

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