Storm Reid Shares the Advice She Got From Zendaya Before Her Met Gala Debut (Exclusive)

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Storm Reid made her Met Gala debut Monday night and the 18-year-old actress was nothing short of stunning. ET's Rachel Smith spoke with Reid on the red carpet at fashion's biggest night about her show-stopping look and the advice she got from her Euphoria co-star, Zendaya, about tackling those infamous Metropolitan Museum of Art steps.

"I mean, this is really darn cool, Chance the Rapper is right there," an excited Reid gushed. "Ms. Jennifer Hudson up there. It's a whole thing. I can't think that I was even invited to something like this."

She continued, "But I'm just grateful to be here. Grateful to be outside, grateful to just take up space."

Reid debuted a new look at the event too, showing off a much shorter, blonde hairdo in a pink, maroon, and black Prada dress paired with a feathered, pink skirt.

Storm Reid at met gala 2021
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Though Zendaya's presence was greatly missed at the gala, she was sure to give her friend and castmate some fashion advice before Reid's big debut, especially when it came to ditching her longer locks for a shorter style.

"I was with her yesterday actually on the set of Euphoria, and she gave me some words of encouragement which meant a lot because she's the queen of the Met Gala," Reid revealed. "She was one of the first people I went to about cutting my hair, like what'd she think, and she was like, 'You go ahead, it's gonna look great.' So she really gave me confidence to chop my hair off."

And she gave her the confidence to tackle those massive Met steps, too.

"I mean, obviously the stairs are pretty intimidating," Reid said. "I was like, 'What if I fall?' She's like, 'You're not gonna fall, take your time. It's gonna go great,' and it went great, I didn't fall."

While Zendaya did not attend the 2021 Met Gala, she did share a few fan-made memes of her at the event, seemingly poking fun at the star's absence and a potential surprise appearance. The photos included a much younger Zendaya showing up in casual attire to the Met, while another featured the Spider-Man actress careening into the event like her character in the Marvel movie, Mary Jane.

Zendaya
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Zendaya
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A few of her other Euphoria co-stars hit the Met Gala's red carpet last night, including Barbie Ferreira and Hunter Schafer. Ferreira wore a custom Jonathan Simkhai gown that she designed and conceptualized with the designer. The handworked gown was dripping with thousands of embroidered Swarovski crystals and pearls, and took over 100 hours to craft.

Barbie Ferreira at The 2021 Met Gala
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Schafer went bold in a silver leather crop top bustier and pencil skirt embroidered with geometric crystal mirrors and black satin sandals from Prada. The 22-year-old topped the look with a silver, spider mask and all-white contact lenses.

Hunter Schafer at The 2021 Met Gala
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