George Clooney gave a speech at his Roybal School of Film and Television Production Magnet in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.
The 62-year-old Oscar winner was seen at the podium in a casual wardrobe of a polo and jeans as he brought attention to the institution whose mission is to “build a more inclusive pipeline of historically underrepresented, college- and career-ready students who are interested in the film and television industry,” it says website.
Surrounded by a bevy of Hollywood stars – including Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle – George seemed to wow the audience as he was extremely animated throughout the speech.
Clooney – who is handing over the series “Ocean’s 11” to Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling – then posed with the three superstar actors as the group hugged each other and smiled at photographers.
Eva and Kerry also took the stage and gave inspiring words to the young student body.
School Lessons: George Clooney gave a speech at his Roybal School of Film and Television Production magnet in downtown Los Angeles on Friday
Famous Friends: George was surrounded by a bevy of Hollywood heavyweights, including Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle
Inspiring Women: Eva and Kerry also took the stage and gave inspiring words to the young student body
Don, who is a member of the Roybal Advisory Board, was on site for the second year in a row, as he attended in 2022 along with Mindy Kaling.
At Friday’s event, George also commented on the SAG strike and called on Hollywood studios to reopen negotiations with the striking actors Reuters.
Negotiations between the studios and the actors union SAG-AFTRA were suspended on Wednesday after the studios rejected a request for a bonus tied to the number of streaming TV subscribers.
George described the failure of negotiations as “worrying”.
“At least go to the room. “Don’t take a vacation,” he added.
The star added that SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher told him she was ready to restart negotiations and that he hoped the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) would follow her lead.
“Hopefully we can just get in a room and resolve this,” he said.
George’s rousing speech marked the second time he has spoken at Roybal School, as he put his wit on full display at last year’s event.
Standout star: At Friday’s event, George also commented on the SAG strike and called on Hollywood studios to reopen negotiations with the striking actors
Concerned about the future: George called the failure of SAG strike negotiations ‘worrying’
Solidarity: Negotiations between the studios and the actors union SAG-AFTRA were suspended on Wednesday after the studios rejected a request for a bonus tied to the number of streaming TV subscribers
“When you think about actors, you don’t think about education in general.” I mean, when you look at me, you just think, “Oh, he’s just the best Batman ever,” he joked during the ceremony.
At the opening, he also spoke to ET about why he thought establishing this school in Los Angeles was so important.
“We’re excited about it.” “We feel like there’s a real opportunity here and that’s something that I think we’ve missed in our industry and I think it’s something where the solution is pretty is obvious – and it starts earlier,” he said.
“I just felt like when you see a gap you try to fill it and that’s one it felt like – I was in London and we were increasing staff and because it’s a very busy time in the industry “It’s difficult to find crew and we need to significantly improve inclusivity,” he said.
Returning Champion: Don, who is a member of the Roybal Advisory Board, was there for the second year in a row when he competed in 2022 alongside Mindy Kaling
Speak it out: “At least get in the room.” “Don’t take a vacation,” George said of the SAG strike negotiations
Hug it: Kerry and Eva hugged each other tightly after their speech
Governor’s Report: Gavin Newsom gave speech at Roybal School of Film after George Clooney
Busy star: Eva was also spotted at the Hollywood Museum celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Cruise control: Eva was accompanied by Diane Warren and Richard Montañez
He said he was willing to help in class too.
“I’ll come in. And listen, that’s the bottom line, guys, right?” So I won’t really come in and talk about directing or acting, but I can come in and sit with the kids when they’re editing and stuff like that, stuff like that something like that,” he explained.
In June 2021, George, Grant Heslov and Bryan Lourd partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to create The Roybal Film and Television Magnet.
The school is described as “a specialized academy at the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center” that “provides Los Angeles Unified teachers with access to renowned storytellers as well as industry professionals and experts, supporting students with a strong academic education.” Education and practical training that pave a clear path to well-paying jobs.”