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Meet Ariana DeBose, The 'Hamilton' Ensemble Member Who Is About to Have a Huge Year! (Exclusive Interview)

Ariana DeBose is a name you’ll be hearing a lot more of throughout the rest of the year!

The 29-year-old actress was featured in the ensemble of Hamilton‘s original Broadway cast and her performance can be seen in the new movie that was just released on Disney+.

After leaving the cast of Hamilton, Ariana earned a Tony nomination for her performance in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. She is also starring in two more movie musicals being released this year.

Ariana will be playing the iconic role of Anita in Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story, scheduled for release on December 18. She also is starring in Ryan Murphy‘s adaptation of the Broadway musical The Prom, which is expected to be released on Netflix this year.

Yep, Ariana is in all three of 2020′s biggest movie musicals! We caught up with her to learn more about her Hamilton memories, her hopes for change on Broadway, and her exciting future.

JJ: What’s your favorite memory of your time in “Hamilton”?

AD: WHOOO! Honestly, I have so many mind boggling memories that I don’t know that I could choose just one favorite. Performing the show for the Obamas, realizing I was staring at Meryl Streep in the audience, getting to meet so many humans I respect; but I will say that year’s Tonys was pretty spectacular! That was a night I’ll never forget- once in a lifetime energy right there!

JJ: Do you have plans to return to Broadway in the future? What are some changes you’d like to see when Broadway comes back in 2021?

AD: At this time I don’t have plans to return to Broadway in the future…TBH at this time I don’t have any plans. Period, lol. I’m very hopeful that the potential return of Broadway in 2021 will be the beginnings of a more inclusive and equitable work force on all sides of the industry. While that sounds like a lofty goal, one specific thing I’m hoping to see more of are creative teams made up of BIPOC’s bringing to life stories about BIPOC’s… Oh and I’m really hoping we create better deep cleaning protocols because those theaters are beautifully old.

Click inside for more from our interview with Ariana DeBose… More Here! »

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Kaitlyn Dever, Dove Cameron, Laura Harrier, & More Young Stars Celebrate Women in Hollywood Ahead of the Oscars

Kaitlyn Dever, Dove Cameron, and Laura Harrier walk the carpet at the Vanity Fair & Lancome: Women in Hollywood Party 2020 held at the Soho House on Thursday (February 6) in West Hollywood.

The young stars helped celebrate women in Hollywood in the days leading up to the Oscars!

Also in attendance at the event were WavesTaylor Russell, ShadowhuntersKatherine McNamara, UsShahadi Wright Joseph, The Society‘s Gideon Adlon, YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous with Nats Getty, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s Harley Quinn Smith, Tall Girl‘s Ava Michelle, model Taylor Hill, Bombshell‘s Liv Hewson, and Raven’s Home‘s Navia Robinson.

Broadway star Ariana DeBose, who is filming Netflix’s The Prom movie, was at the event with Stephanie Styles, who stars in the NBC series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

FYI: Dove is wearing a Honayda suit, Le Vian ring and Jimmy Choo shoes. Laura is wearing an Alexandre Vauthier dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. Taylor is wearing a Dolce&Gabbana dress. Ariana is wearing a SemSem suit and Stuart Weitzman shoes. Navia is wearing a kate spade new york dress.

50+ pictures inside of stars at the Vanity Fair party.. More Here! »

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Billie Lourd, Yara Shahidi, & Kathryn Newton Go Glam for Golden Globes After-Parties

Billie Lourd and Yara Shahidi slay the red carpet while they attended several 2020 Golden Globes After-Parties on Sunday (January 5) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 27-year-old American Horror Story actress bared her toned midriff in a striped crop top and matching skirt while the 19-year-old grown-ish star went bright and colorful in a yellow dress.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Billie Lourd

Also in attendance at some of the different after-parties included Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton, How to Get Away with Murder actress Aja Naomi King, Pacific Rim: Uprising actress Cailee Spaeny, West Side Story actress Ariana Debose, and The Orville actress Halston Sage.

FYI: Billie is wearing a Louis Vuitton outfit. Yara is wearing a Carolina Herrera dress. Aja is wearing a Reformation dress with shoes and a clutch by Vince Camuto. Ariana is wearing a Markarian dress.

20+ pictures inside of the stars at the parties…More Here! »

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Ariana DeBose Joins 'The Prom' Movie, Takes Over for Ariana Grande

Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose has joined the cast of the upcoming movie musical The Prom as Alyssa, the role that was originally offered to pop star Ariana Grande, according to Deadline.

Grande was originally expected to star in the movie when the initial announcement of the film was made, but she had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts.

DeBose joins a star-studded cast that included Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Awkwafina, Kerry Washington, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Ryan Murphy is directing the film for Netflix. The musical is based on the Tony-nominated Broadway show, which closed this summer.

DeBose just finished filming the upcoming West Side Story movie remake with Steven Spielberg and she earned a Tony nomination for her work in the musical Summer.

Ariana DeBose & David Alvarez Hit the Streets for 'West Side Story' Dance Scene!

Ariana DeBose & David Alvarez are hard at work on West Side Story!

The co-stars hit the streets for another dance scene on Saturday afternoon (July 27) in Harlem, New York.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ariana DeBose

For the scene, Ariana, who is playing Anita, donned a stunning yellow dress with a red underskirt. Meanwhile, David, who is portraying Bernardo, got into character in a black polo and beige pants.

Earlier this week, the film’s lead Ansel Elgort filmed a late-night scene with director Steven Spielberg.

West Side Story is set to hit theaters on December 18, 2020.

10+ pictures inside of Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez on set…More Here! »

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Baz Luhrmann Gets Lots of Celeb Support at 'Moulin Rouge' Broadway Opening!

Baz Luhrmann steps out for the opening night performance of Broadway’s Moulin Rouge musical on Thursday (July 25) at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City.

The 56-year-old filmmaker, who wrote and directed the film version, was joined at the event by his wife Catherine Martin, as well as Vogue‘s Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee Shaffer.

Baz and Catherine are credited by the production for their “creative services.”

More stars in attendance at the event included Billy Eichner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio, as well as Broadway stars Stephanie Styles, Bernadette Peters, Ariana DeBose, Nick Adams, Jessica Vosk, and Steven Pasquale, plus producer Jordan Roth.

You’ve gotta see the incredible video that Jordan made on the stage of the theatre!

FYI: Anna is wearing Dolce&Gabbana. Stephanie is wearing a Marchesa dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. Jordan is wearing Zac Posen.

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Ariana DeBose & David Alvarez Film 'West Side Story's Iconic 'America' Scene

Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez are working on an iconic moment from West Side Story!

The co-stars were seen while shooting the film’s “America” scene on Friday afternoon (July 19) in New York City.

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For the scene, Ariana, who is playing Anita, donned a stunning yellow dress with a red underskirt. Meanwhile, David, who is portraying Bernardo, got into character in a black polo and beige pants.

After a dramatic dance routine, the on-screen couple shared a kiss at the end of the scene.

Earlier in the month, we also got our first look at Mike Faist playing Riff while filming the “Jet Song” with his co-stars.

West Side Story will hit theaters on December 18, 2020.

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