In years past the EW Pre-Emmy Party has been a cocktail party – a loud one, but a cocktail party all the same. This year there were still plenty of cocktails, but the focus of the party was the dance floor. In the newly remodeled Nightingale Plaza, celebs gathered in the middle of the room to shake off any nerves they may have had about Sunday’s awards show.
Transparent’s Gaby Hoffman danced to absolutely everything, but was truly in her element during Madonna’s "Like a Prayer." Mary J. Blige lost herself in Missy Elliott’s "Get Your Freak On." Blackish’s Yara Shahidi danced with The Mindy Project’s Xosha Roquemore to Drake’s "One Dance." Dave and Odette Annable had a proper dance off to Bil Bev Devoe’s "Poison." Padma Lakshmi raised her glass of champagne in the air as she danced to Jay Z’s "Can I Get A" with two girlfriends.
Off to the side, Lady Mary and Lady Edith, i.e. Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael were dancing up a storm together with Chad Hodge, the creator of Dockery’s new show Good Behavior. The two sisters may have been at odds on the show Downton Abbey, but in life the two women were all smiles.
For those who didn’t hit the dance floor but lingered on the sidelines on the white banquettes, there were French fries and Brussel sprouts in small cones to enjoy. Laverne Cox took selfies with guests, while pals Amanda Peet and Sarah Paulson laughed in a corner. On the patio Sarah Hyland was nuzzling her boyfriend, Dominick Sherwood.
If anyone was nervous about Sunday, they certainly didn’t show it, and at midnight the party was still going strong. It’s a good thing every guest went home with L’Oreal makeup, which will come in handy tomorrow morning when it’s time to do it all over again. Who needs sleep?