Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Like the rest of us, the talents on this year’s Young Hollywood list have had their lives disrupted by the coronavirus: Productions were halted and tours canceled. But these artists, who include actors, musicians and digital stars, have continued to flourish during the pandemic-forced shutdown of the entertainment industry, flexing new creative muscles or simply taking the opportunity to catch up with friends and loved ones. This report casts a spotlight on their work before and during the pandemic, and looks ahead to when Hollywood fully emerges from the global health crisis.
Instead of our annual Power of Young Hollywood party, Variety is presenting a one-hour program that will premiere on Facebook on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. It will feature talent featured in our Power of Young Hollywood issue and benefit Rock the Vote.
At age 22, Aquaria won Season 10 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” one of the youngest victors. Signed to IMG, she has appeared in campaigns for Mac and Moschino x H&M, along with Vogue Italia. She’s been outspoken about political issues. “I think it’s smart to use my platform in that way. Not every LGBTQIA person gets to have their voice” heard so broadly. “I think that as far as queer art goes, [drag has] always been an open space to express yourself no matter your race. Almost all the achievements in queer art have been by Black people and people of color,” she says. “It’s our duty to give them credit.” — Chris Willman/@Variety