The 2014 Emmy Awards take place tonight and the stars were out celebrating at the annual GBK Luxury Gift Lounge on Saturday. Held at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, it was a posh affair filled with luxe gifts, tasty eats, and everything Hollywood.
At the gift lounge, celebrity parents like Orange Is The New Black star Selenis Leyva, Longmire’s Bailey Chase, and Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone learned about important causes and indulged in gifts like stylish sunglasses from Foster Grant.
Celebrity Baby Scoop also attended the fancy celebation and caught up with the stars. Amidst checking out LIQRpop‘s frozen alcoholic confections, Selenis Leyva chatted about playing Gloria Mendoza on Orange Is The New Black, which was nominated for twelve Emmy Awards this year.
“It’s pretty amazing and awesome,” the actress shared. “I have to say that working with all these women and men on the show has been like a dream come true. It’s absolutely amazing and we have so much fun every day on set. It’s kind of sickening.” [laughs]
And what can fans expect for the third season?
“Let’s just say that you will not be disappointed. I think we are in a really good place and we’re shooting right now. This last episode we just shot left me a little drained in a really good way.”
The talented actress also chatted about her experience in being a mom.
“I have an eleven-year-old daughter who is the most amazing human being ever,” Selenis gushed. “I think my proudest moment is watching her every day. She is here with me in LA and is out at the beach today, but she told me to pick up some really good stuff for her…she has her priorities straight!” [laughs]
She also revealed whether or not she lets her daughter watch her on Orange Is The New Black.
“I was able to pick out a couple of little moments of the showwhere I wasn’t too crazy and she loved it,” Selenis revealed. “She really does. She knows all the words to the song too. [laughs] Isn’t it catchy?! We hope to hear it a lot on Emmy night.”
While browsing extraordinary jewelry and offerings from The Artisan Group, Celebrity Baby Scoop also caught up with actor Bailey Chase. The new father, to a 12-week-old baby girl, chatted about what it is like to play deputy Branch Connelly on A&E’s Longmire.
“It is a different experience,” Bailey said. “We shoot out in New Mexico and it’s different out there, but it’s great. I love being on location almost every day.”
He also chatted about his “surreal” experience in being a new father.
“I am a new parent, as my daughter turned twelve weeks old today. Becoming a father was surreal. It was one of those experiences where I waited, waited, and waited, and now it is the best thing ever.”
Does he have any advice for new dads?
“Patience is a good one and marrying the right lady,” he shared.
And how does he balance his new daddy duties with his busy acting career?
“You just do it and don’t really think about it.” Bailey revealed. “Every day keeps getting better and it’s nice.”
Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone also caught up with Celebrity Baby Scoop while learning about the Go Campaign, which improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children worldwide. He shared what it is like being a dad to his two-year-old son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, with wife Sheila.
“I have a two-year-old boy,” he said. “Being a father is the greatest thing…it’s like being a part of a club that you always knew existed, but you never really knew what the membership was about. It’s the most rewarding and most wonderful thing I’ve ever done–the best piece of art I’ve ever made.”
He also shared one of his funniest fatherhood experiences.
“So they make baby-changing tables where the baby is in front of you, sideways. Just make sure that when you change your infant at first, you don’t point the butt at you. [laughs] You see, it seems like that is the easier access point, as you want to make sure the baby is clean, but that’s also the access point where it could fire and projectile towards your body. It has happened to me at 4 a.m. in the morning…I am just in my boxers and it’s 4 a.m. in the morning and it got on the wall, on me, on the carpet, and on him. I just took a moment and was like, what do I even clean first?! Where do I start at this point? [laughs] So I called to my wife and said, ‘Sheila, please, you have to help me!’ She came in and just started laughing.”
And what is his greatest tip for new dads?
“They say ‘happy wife, happy life,” Jackson said. “I am just going to go with that. Honestly, if you are about to be a new father, it’s a lot easier. It comes so naturally. That’s one thing they don’t tell you–you can read every single book there is, but none of the books tell you how seamless the transition to being a father is. You see your kid and the whole world changes for the better.”
The event’s other featured sponsors:
- Barry’s Gourmet Brownies gifted their Chocolate Gourmet Brownie Gift Box.
- Corazon’s Custom Catering gifted a Food Tasting Party to sample their French-Filipino cuisine.
- Couture Rocks Fine Jewelry gave guests a $200 gift certificate.
- David Barton Gym gifted a 6-month complimentary gym membership.
- JeJu Sixteen Water gave guests bottles of their refreshing water.
- KIND Soap Company gifted their all-natural bath and body products.
- LG Electronics gifted their LG Tone Infinim headphones.
- Michael Todd True Organics gifted their SONICLEAR: The World’s First Antimicrobial Sonic Cleaning System.
- Palace Resorts gifted a four day/three night stay at their signature property.
- Sequin Wines distributed delicately Bubbled Pinot Grigiio and Moscato Wines.
- Skinny Coconut gifted their 100% raw coconut oil.
- The Original Pet Pal gifted their Heartbeat Pet Bed.
- Joanna Garzili gifted her book,”Unleash They Psychic In You: How To Trust Your Intuition for Success.”