It was not Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Lawrence who received the biggest applause at the annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast at the Hollywood Reporter. She was a freshman college student named Carla Arellano.
Loyola student Marymount University received a standing ovation and caused tears in the Hollywood heavyweight room when she accepted a full scholarship from "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot.
"All I can think about now are all the papers that I have to write for my final," Arellano said, alternately laughing and crying.
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Gadot said that Arellano would have had to abandon his studies if he had not received the $ 250,000 scholarship financed by Warner Bros.
Arellano thanked his parents and his mentors in tears before closing with a quote from Frida Kahlo, He recited in Spanish and English.
"Feet, what do I need and when do I have wings to fly?" She said.
Her emotional speech left Gadot and presenter Justin Timberlake with tear-filled eyes, along with guests on the list including to Shonda Rhimes, Emmy Rossum, Bryce Dallas Howard and Glenn Close.
"This is perhaps the most moving breakfast." Lansing highlighted Lawrence's support for Planned Parenthood, his openness about gender pay disparity and his recent donation of $ 2 million to establish a cardiac intensive care unit, "said Sherry Lansing. for children in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
"I think thanks to Jennifer, young people will see philanthropy and retribution as a natural part of their lives," Lansing said.
Lawrence spoke about the welfare of women around the world, saying that women around the world still earn 77 cents for every dollar and that a third of all women experience violence or sexual violence in their lives.
The Oscar winner said women who spoke out against adversity in entertainment and other industries.
"It is not easy to speak clearly," said Lawrence. "It is not easy to face criticism on a global scale, but the fact is that they gave me a platform, and I think that if I do not use it, I do not deserve it."
The actress was characteristically unprotected when giving her acceptance speech, at one point commenting on how she was incorrectly holding her prize and then admitting that she was not sure when to clap when she spoke from the stage.
Jolie, who gave the keynote address, also spoke about the plight of women around the world, imploring guests at breakfast to appreciate what it means to be artists who can express themselves.
"Artistic influences capture the imagination, challenge orthodoxy," Jolie said. "And societies where women are denied freedom of expression, these societies are modeled without the voice, influence and wisdom of women, which is why I am very grateful to be part of this community."
Other speakers They included Rhimes on Wednesday, who served as guest editor for Power 100, and Sarah Silverman, who opened the show at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.
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