Secrets of a red-carpet escort: New Hollywood tell-all by professional arm-candy
Christopher Gaida is a professional escort at Hollywood black tie events, which does not mean euphemistically he is paid to have sex with the stars but rather that he ushers them on his arm at red-caroet functions.
He's written a tell all, due out today, that exposes some great diva antics. The highlights:
At the 1999 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards, Gaida was assigned to escort Sharon Stone. As he introduced himself, she refused to shake his hand, snapping that he was to walk three steps ahead of her at all times and never look back. At the 2003 VH1 “Divas Duets,” Chaka Khan stormed through a hallway, shoving him along the way and ripping his shirt. Gaida says she did not apologize.
At the 2000 GQ Men of the Year Awards, Gaida was escorting Susan Sarandon, when Julia Roberts frantically approached him, yelling that she was supposed to go onstage right that moment. Gaida showed her the schedule, which made clear it was another 20 minutes before she was to go on. But she was insistent.
“You must be mistaken,” she seethed, raising her voice two octaves.
But Gaida didn’t buckle, and eventually convinced the star to back down through an equal level of insistence. (A decade later, he served as Roberts’ escort for a benefit event and mentioned the time she had yelled at him. She apologized, and now recognizes him and says hello at events.)
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/31/2013|
Three-day beard stubble and black tie formal wear will never go together.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/31/2013|
Those are the highlights? Sigh...
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/31/2013|
Actresses get snappy backstage at awards shows?
The phrase "tell-all" has lost all meaning.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/31/2013|
He's naming names and telling stories.
Sounds like a fun read.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/31/2013|
I was once asked to escort a celeb to an opening night in Hollywood. Her husband had been called out of town on business. I was somewhat apprehensive about this but it turned out to be a great time.
We were surrounded by other celebs in the audience so I tried not to be too obvious about looking them over. I knew about her films and TV work so that would be an ice breaker. She and husband had traveled a lot and had just returned from China. I had recently returned from a trip around the world. We jabbered all through the intermission and continued chatting after the show. It was an interesting experience.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/31/2013|
A woman can't go to one of these things alone or at least with her other friends in the industry? WTF?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/31/2013|
[quote]At the 2003 VH1 “Divas Duets,” Chaka Khan stormed through a hallway, shoving him along the way and ripping his shirt. Gaida says she did not apologize.
OUTTA MY WAY, ASSHOLE!
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/31/2013|
Is this something he was paid to do?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/31/2013|
Well R8, since you couldn't be bothered to read the thing, I'm not going to bother explaining it to you.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/31/2013|
I thought that if actresses didn't have a SO to act as arm candy, they use their publicists or agents. I mean, they're there anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/31/2013|
Do NOT make eye contact with Miss Ross!
|by Anonymous||reply 13||01/31/2013|
[quote]At the 2010 Daytime Emmys, the strap of Lucci’s dress broke backstage. Gaida whipped that bad boy off of her, ran down to wardobe to fix it and had it back to her in time for her to go onstage.
With the hounds snapping at his rear end.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/31/2013|
Wow, r7, Sally Kirkland must have an iron-clad nondisclosure agreement!
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/31/2013|
[quote] At the 2003 VH1 “Divas Duets,” Chaka Khan stormed through a hallway, shoving him along the way and ripping his shirt. Gaida says she did not apologize
Typical repug behavior
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/31/2013|
Those "highlights" couldn't hold a blog post, much less a magazine article or a book.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/31/2013|