How Men Supported the Time's Up Initiative at the Golden Globes
By Liz Calvario
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Hollywood's men proudly stood next to the dozens of women who sent a strong message in their all-black ensembles at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.
As part of the Time's Up initiative, prominent female figures in the entertainment industry encouraged attendees to wear black as a way to express solidarity for the countless victims of sexual harassment and misconduct.
“I’m first and foremost a feminist. I have been my entire life. I have two amazing older sisters, an amazing mother and a father that supports all of us and all of them,” Milo Ventimiglia told ET’s Nancy O’Dell on the red carpet, alongside This Is Us co-star Justin Hartley. “Being a man of this industry and doing my best and even our best to even be good men -- I can speak for this man, he is a good man -- to support women in this industry and across the board in all industries.”
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“A spotlight has been shined on a very, very horrible problem and injustice to women in general,” the 40-year-old actor continued. “Hopefully we can stand up. If I have to wear black for 365 days of the year, I would for the rest of my life.”
Both Ventimiglia and Hartley decided to wear all black because they understood the importance of the message. “It’s one of those things you hear about and you immediately go, ‘Yes, of course,’” Ventimiglia said.
Another This Is Us star who took part in the all-black red carpet trend was Chris Sullivan, who also repped black nails.
The actor revealed to ET that he reached out to onscreen love interest Chrissy Metz about how he should approach the Time's Up movement.
"When I heard about this movement, I called Chrissy first to ask her how she would like to discuss this topic," he shared. "What she would like to put forward as far as the conversation goes, specifically for tonight."
"It was important for me to, I asked my wife. I said, 'How do you feel about this conversation. Where do you think this conversation should go because I am not the demographic that should be controlling this conversation. I am the demographic that should be supporting this conversation,'" Sullivan continued. "So I look to the women in my life to ask them what they need to feel safe and to feel heard and to feel empowered and that's how I prepared for this evening."
Sterling K. Brown also put his wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, who chose to wear a chic black pantsuit, front and center, telling ET, “She wears the pants in our family, so it’s only apropos that she wears pants this evening."
"Felicity Huffman is very involved with Time's Up and I have two daughters. This is a good thing," Macy said. "Young folks are charged up politically, like they were when I was a kid. I'm an old hippie, and [my daughters and I] talk about nothing else."
"They want action now. They are sort of militant about it. I find myself playing devil's advocate a bit, but they're dedicated and they're in it for the long haul," he continued. "I think big changes are coming."
Darren Criss also shared with ET that prior to the Golden Globes he spoke with more men than women about how they could support their fellow colleagues.
"The women -- not only in Hollywood, but in several industries and communities around the world -- have been outspoken and have shown their strength in great numbers," he explained. "And I think it also takes a great deal of men to step up and show their solidarity, and voice their outrage, and make sure that their voices are heard as well. We're all in solidarity with our sisters, in arms so to speak. So that's why, that's what this pin is for. It's He For She, which is a campaign from UN Women. So that's my little sign of solidarity with all the ladies here tonight."
Another actor who donned the He For She pin alongside his Time's Up button was Edgar Ramirez.
Additionally, Chris Hemsworth, Justin Timberlake, Ewan McGregor, Nick Jonas, Joseph Fiennes, Aziz Ansari, Tom Hanks, Timothee Chalamet and many more displayed their Time's Up pins on their dark suits.
During the ceremony, men were also quick to give women a shout-out, including Guillermo del Toro who won the Best Director Golden Globe for The Shape of Water.
"I wouldn't be here without my cast, my crew, and I want to mention a few fantastic women sitting at this table," he said, including Octavia Spencer and a tearful Sally Hawkins. "I thank you," he concluded. "My monsters thank you."
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