Naya Rivera wows as the host of the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco


Out director Lisa Cholodenko also walked the carpet, and spoke about both her Oscar-nominated film The Kids Are All Right and the rumors about that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad, No Good Day adaptation. The Kids Are All Right went on to win the Outstanding Film – Wide Release later that night during the award show.

Credit: Photo by Lydia Gonzales

AfterEllen: The Kids Are All Right had great critical response and was nominated for an Oscar. But it had kind of an interesting response in the lesbian community – there was a little bit of a split. There was a vocal group that was, let’s face it, mad that Jules slept with a man. Was that something you were expecting when the movie came out?
Lisa Cholodenko: I didn’t expect it, but I didn’t dwell on it too much. I just thought that if this is an experience I can identify with and resonates for me, I am just coming from the place with this film that if it has an impact on me personally than I feel like it’s true and I am comfortable putting it out there. So I know that’s a polarizing idea and I respect everyone on all ends of that continuum. But, you know, it just comes from a more personal place.
AE: Your next film is obviously a departure then, Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, Very Bad, No Good Day.
LC: Yeah, that ended up in the press, but I’m still in the middle of figuring out my next project.
AE: So what about that sort of project interests you though in the first place?
LC: I have a 5-year-old kid and it’s a book that I loved when I was young. I bought it for him. I thought it would be kind of a delight to do a family film with a kid’s perspective.
AE: Well, it’s much different than your other films which are much more mature and just adult.
LC: Yeah, I think having a kid opens up your world and shifts your values around and makes you want to focus on a whole range of things. That is just something that is in my life every day.
AE: Any chance Alexander could have two mommies or two daddies?
LC: Probably not in the context in which it’s being made. But maybe the spin-off.

Credit: Photo by Lydia Gonzales

Cholodenko brought her 5-year-old son with her on stage to accept her award that night.

Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall was the last female star on the blue carpet. She was honored with the Golden Gate Award later that evening.

Credit: Photo by Lydia Gonzales

AfterEllen: Samantha famously had a same-sex relationship on the show. Did that open you up to a lot more lesbian fans and what kind of response did you get because of that relationship?
Kim Cattrall: You know I have had support from the gay and lesbian community since the beginning of my career and I am so grateful for that. Once you have that community behind you, everything is possible. They are fans for life. And I have been so fortunate having that from a very early age and it continues. As I get older, they get older and they bring their friends and children. New generations.
AE: If, just for fun, Sex and the City was about a group of gay women who do you think Samantha might have hooked up with from the group?
KC: You know, I really hate to mix them. I think Sonia Braga still. I couldn’t have done better than that. She is an extraordinary women and we had so much fun together. We now go to tennis matches together. We were fast friends and are still fast friends.

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