Dolly de Leon Got Cozy With Some Hollywood Stars, As She Should

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Apart from recognitions left and right, Dolly de Leon also gets to have some precious moments with other Hollywood celebrities.

Related: Dolly de Leon Makes History As The First Filipina Golden Globe Nominee

Ever since Ruben Östlund’s satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival in May of last year, with the Palme d’Or trophy in the bag, Filipina veteran actress Dolly de Leon has never left the spotlight and undeniably, became the Filipinos’ pride and a shining global star. A ton of interviews, film festivals, magazine covers and features, screenings, praises, critical recognitions, and a historic Golden Globe nomination later, Dolly has deservingly and rightfully been celebrating what could be called the pinnacle of her decades-spanning career. 

And today, with a strong Oscar buzz attached to her performance, she has made a splash in prestigious awards ceremonies, parties, and everything else in between, Dolly (or “mother” as her passionate online fanbase calls her) continues to wave the Philippine flag proudly in the world stage of entertainment. But while booked and busy in her winning era, our mother also never fails to excite us as she brushes elbows with some of Hollywood’s brightest stars recently. Let’s look at some of the sweet little moments between Dolly and other A-list celebrities that made us all gasp.

MICHELLE YEOH, STEPHANIE HSU, AND LI JUN LI 

Dolly de Leon with Michelle Yeo, Stephanie Hsu, and Li Jun Li
Photo from Neon

Look at them Golden Globes girls! In this photo that screams Asian beauty, talent, and representation, Dolly de Leon gets a sweet little moment with Golden Globe winner Michelle Yeoh, her fellow supporting actress frontrunner Stephanie Hsu, Babylon actress Li Jun Li, and if you look closely, Gabrielle Labelle from Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans. Last week, the best-dressed Dolly made history at the 80th Golden Globe Awards as the first Filipino actor to ever get a nomination. Michelle, on the other hand, was the first actor of Malaysian descent to ever win a Golden Globe. In short, the photo above is just so precious you might as well save it and just look at it for inspiration in the future.

DANIELLE DEADWYLER

Dolly de Leon with Danielle Deadwyler
Photo from Ferdy Lapuz

Here’s Dolly de Leon charming all of us with the award-winning American theater and screen actress Danielle Deadwyler at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Tea Party last January 15. Dolly and Danielle are both longlisted at the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 in the supporting and lead actress categories, respectively. Danielle is also one of the frontrunners in the Oscars best lead actress race with her critically acclaimed performance as the educator and activist Mamie Till-Bradley in the Whoopi Goldberg-produced biopic, Till

KE HUY QUAN

Dolly de Leon with Ke Huy Quan
Photo from Yong Chavez

We know, Dolly de Leon and Everything Everywhere All At Once’s Ke Huy Quan look so cute together in this photo during the 48th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) Awards. What also makes this moment even more endearing is the fact that both Dolly and Ke are the LAFCA winners in the best supporting performance category.

The Golden Globe-winning Ke was a former child star best known for his work in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies. Winning the awards from the critics trifecta (LAFCA, NYFCC, and NSFC), a Screen Actors Guild nomination, and a strong possibility of a BAFTA nod, Ke seems to be a shoo-in at the 95th Academy Awards. Will we be seeing him with Dolly at the Oscars again? We sure hope so!

BILL HADER

Dolly de Leon also got the chance to have some fun chatting with award-winning American comedian and actor, Bill Hader. Last January 8, Dolly was joined by Triangle of Sadness director Ruben Östlund at a screening and Q&A at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles where Bill served as the moderator. Bill was known for his breakthrough and eight-year stint at the variety show Saturday Night Live. He’s won two Emmy awards already for his lead role in the dark comedy series Barry, which he also wrote, produced, and directed, and was also nominated at this year’s Golden Globes.

At the Q&A session, they talked about the TOS’ casting process, Ruben’s directorial intentions, and Dolly’s acting improvisations or inspirations. It’s quite a delightful treat to watch Dolly having a laugh with Bill who’s one of America’s most popular and well-loved comedians in Hollywood today.

CATE BLANCHETT

Dolly de Leon with Cate Blanchett
Photo from Neon

And finally, the photo that has made a lot of fans faint because of its overwhelming queen energy is this moment between Dolly de Leon and the great Cate Blanchett. This was also captured during the LAFCA ceremony where Cate received the best lead performance award for her role as the music conductor Lydia Tár in Todd Field’s psychological character study, TÁR

Dolly shared in an interview that this heavenly moment happened when the two of them met at the restroom after the program, which had no breaks. She then heard Cate calling out her name after her agent informed the Australian actress about Dolly’s presence. The two-time Oscar winner then showered the starstruck Dolly with compliments, and the two decided to take a snap at the “out of order” sign, which has now become an iconic photo with joint slay maximized. “Mothers!” dazzled netizens screamed online. Now, someone give these two a project, because we would love to see Dolly and Cate in one movie.

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