Exclusive: Interviews from Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch – Henry Golding, Mary Elizabeth Winstead & More


This past weekend, we attended the 20th anniversary of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch event which also served as the kick off to Newport Beach Film Festival’s 20th anniversary celebration. On the red carpet, we interviewed several of the 10 actors receiving this recognition by Variety as well as a few others who were honored at the event. Check out our exclusive interviews below!



This event marks the 20th anniversary of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch, and the kick off of Newport Beach Film Festival’s year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary. The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world to Orange County, showcasing a diverse collection of international studio and independent films from all film categories; embracing the passion, vision, and independent spirit of both emerging and seasoned filmmakers. The 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival will take place from April 25th – May 2nd, 2019, presenting hundreds of films to over 50,000 attendees.


Newport Beach Film Festival and Variety round out their First Annual Fall Honors Event, recognizing Robert Forster (What They Had) with the ICON Award, and Colman Domingo (If Beale Street Could Talk), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (upcoming All About Nina), and Topher Grace (BlacKkKlansman) with Artist of Distinction Awards.


Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch:
Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2)
Gemma Chan (Mary Queen of Scots)
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians)
Anthony Ramos (A Star is Born)
Cailee Spaeny (On the Basis of Sex)
Marina de Tavira (Roma)
John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman)
Letitia Wright (Black Panther)
Russell Hornsby (The Hate U Give)


We were lucky enough to speak with several of the actors honored at the event. Here are our exclusive interviews.


Henry Golding:


Zazie Beetz:


Elsie Fisher:


Marina de Tavira:


Mary Elizabeth Winstead:


Robert Forster:


Colman Domingo:


Chloe Catherine Kim:


We also captured some exclusive candid photos from the red carpet. Photo credit to HNS contributor Hallie W.!