LOS ANGELES — When it comes to dad duties in Hollywood, “Yardie” director Idris Elba has set the standard high. The Golden Globe award winner and five-time nominee took initiative by secretly dropping his 17-year-old daughter Isan Elba’s name into the running for this year’s HFPA Golden Globe Ambassador without her knowing.
The role, which received a name change last year, is traditionally reserved for the child of a celebrity and definitely casts them in a good light. Take Isan Elba’s predecessors Laura Dern and Dakota Johnson, for example.
Naturally, with a decade of classical training as an actress and access to the set life, Elba is optimistic about her ambassadorship.
“It’s such an honor to be in that line of people,” she said Thursday afternoon at The Beverly Hilton hotel for a luncheon in her honor. “They have all done such great things in the entertainment industry. It just hopefully sets the mood for what’s to come in the future for me.”
The gathering included a discussion to address Elba’s cause of choice as an ambassador: mental health and the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which garnered a $50,000 donation from the HFPA before the conversation began.
Sitting next to panelists Jordyn Woods, comedian Alicia