Wednesday, July 1, 2020

#PassTheMic series with the ONE Campaign (2020)

July 1, 2020:

Tom Hiddleston handed over his Instagram to Dr. Vera Songwe as a part of the ONE Campaign's #PassTheMic series finale. #PassTheMic is when experts, frontline workers, and scientists take over celebrity social media accounts. 

The #COVID19 pandemic has shone a light on the stark inequities of our health systems globally. Through my continued work with @unicef_uk I have seen first hand the failures to protect marginalized communities, especially children, and the progress that can be made when we work together. As #COVID19 continues to disproportionately affect these same exact populations, we are reminded of our responsibility to support each other as one community globally. That is why I am honoured to #PassTheMic to Dr. Vera Songwe @songwevera, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She is an expert on economics and development in Africa and globally. Today Dr. Songwe is taking over my account to talk about the large scale impact of #COVID19 in Africa and around the world, and why we all need to demand a coordinated global response from our leaders. Follow along here and in my Stories to learn more from Dr. Songwe about the challenges and opportunities we face with COVID-19. None of us are safe until all of us are safe. Join me to demand action at @ONE. #oneworld
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In a series of posts and stories, Dr. Songwe - who serves as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa - highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 virus in Africa and the need for global response to tackle this pandemic. 

Thank you, Tom, I’m so glad to be here. Like Tom mentioned, my name is Dr. Vera Songwe @songwevera and I’m the United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Today I want to talk about the economic impact of a coordinated global response to #COVID19. A united global response is the key to a faster recovery and unlocks the potential for more equitable growth. Tens of millions of people around the world have already lost their jobs, and we need to keep that number from growing. If we don’t come together as one, we will have a “limping recovery” where some countries take off and the rest are left struggling. We’re all interconnected, so having one country lifting off and another lagging behind is not going to help any of us. To join us in fighting for a coordinated global response to COVID-19, demand action at @ONE #passthemic #oneworld
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In Africa, our priority should be keeping people safe and getting the private sector back on its feet so we can get people back to work. The good news is that Africa’s private sector has been quite resilient. Many have changed their production facilities to produce hand sanitizer and PPE equipment, and have been able to pivot in these times of crisis. Most importantly, and the thing I’m most optimistic about, is the innovation we’re seeing. For example, a laboratory in Senegal is making testing accessible by producing one-dollar test kits that can give you results in 65 minutes. And the innovation we’re seeing in the technological space from Africa’s youth is amazing and refreshing and is key to recovering our global health and economies. Join us in a coordinated global response to #COVID19. Demand action at @ONE #passthemic #oneworld
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Tom also surrendered his Twitter page.

In Tom's final tweet, there is a call to action to join the ONE Campaign. If you sign up, this letter is sent to your local government.  

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Coriolanus Watchathon (2020)

June 4, 2020: 

Fans were in for a special treat when Tom Hiddleston, joined director Josie Rourke, and many other cast members for a live watchathon of Coriolanus. It's more or less three hours of Tom playing with his hair - while giving you a history lesson and presenting his Master's thesis on Shakespeare. I support all those topics. 

Also. Josie Rourke + technology is the humor we all need right now. I need some of whatever wine Josie was drinking okay. 

The watchathon is in three parts because there were time limits on how long they could stream. 

Part 1   

Part 2   
Part 3

Here are some highlights: *no disrespect to Josie for cropping her out. I recorded these on my phone and notifications kept popping up over her and it just looked messy. 

Tom's advice to artists.

Hadley Fraser "I wonder what it was like kissing the beard. Ask (Tom Hiddleston what it was like kissing the beard."
Tom Hiddleston "The beard was very soft, just in case everyone was wondering." 

The Mullet Competition

Also, Tom Hiddleston was the top trending topic in Italy... while livestreaming a play that was set in Rome. 

If that wasn't enough. The National Theatre also recorded a reunion special that aired on their Youtube channel. Many of the things they talk about were also discussed during the watchathon. 

"The stories we tell on stage, the stories we tell in the theatre, we laugh together, we cry together, we learn together. We're a community. And, it's been the source of so many curiosities, avenues of thought, ideas, experiences in my life. It can open your mind to something you didn't know. And that's why I wanted to be an actor, I thought 'What a thing to be part of.'" And that's what I think we all hope we're doing every time we put on a play is we hope we are contributing to that tradition of community , and ideas, and fellow feeling." 

Ahead of the watchathon, Josie shared this video from their first week of rehearsals. 

Coriolanus is airing as a part of the National Theatre's At Home fundraising initiative. More than $20,000 was raised during the live streams. The play will be available to watch through Thursday, June 11 and you can continue to donate. 

During the broadcast, the Donmar Warehouse announced a new auction to raise funds while their theatre is closed down.  

Own a piece of theatrical history! In honour of our National Theatre At Home stream we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the leather armour worn by @twhiddleston in the title role of the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, directed by @JosieRourke in 2013. Signed by Tom himself, it was created by the Donmar’s own costume department from designs by Lucy Osborne. Thanks to Bid In generously providing this platform free of charge in response to the Covid-19 emergency, all proceeds will go directly to the Donmar Warehouse to provide much needed funds during this difficult period of uncertainty while the theatre is shut, so please give generously. The armour will be securely delivered to you by courier wherever in the world you are (additional charges may apply for international shipping). Link to the auction in our bio and our stories - the auction closes 10pm Friday 12 June 2020
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Monday, January 6, 2020

BAFTA Rising Star Announcement (2020)

January 6, 2020:

Our first event of 2020 brought Tom Hiddleston's BAFTA story full circle. In 2012, Tom was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star. 

In 2020, he was back to announce the nominees along with Edith Bowman. 

TFW you were once a nominee, but now you're the man on stage, and you keep that same energy. 

Tom took over the BAFTA Instagram page, and then reposted the videos and nominees on his own Instagram. I do believe this is the first time he has posted a video in his stories? 

This year's BAFTA Rising Star Nominees. You can learn more about each nominee - and more importantly, VOTE for your favorite - on the BAFTA website

Tom, Edith, and BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry with Rising Star nominees Micheal Ward and Jack Lowden. 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

2019: In Review

2019: A Year In Review 

2019 was fun right? At least in Hiddles-Land. It felt like every day there was a new interview, a new photoshoot, a new performance. It was surprisingly difficult for me to narrow it down to a Top 5. Especially when you think about how this year was dominated by one particular thing - we will get to that later

Number Five: Hype Man Tom 

I promise that this is the only label that I repeat from 2018, but seriously I could say this about Tom every year. Whether you were a co-star, a charity, or a tennis player he'd only just met, Tom Hiddleston had you covered 150% all year. 

In February, Tom was the literal poster boy for the Equity #MyCardMyUnion campaign. Which was followed up by 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 charity auctions from Comic Relief, Omaze, Charity Buzz, BFI Luminous etc.. Exactly figures were never released but I wouldn't be surprised if Tom Hiddleston raised more than £100,000. Betrayal Broadway also went on to raise another $100,000+ for Broadway Cares. 

The Betrayal Broadway 'throuple' was an unstoppable force that extended far beyond the stage. Tom (and Charlie Cox) were there as Zawe Ashton reached some major milestones in her career: publishing her first book Character Breakdown and the debut of her first Off Broadway play for all the women who thought they were Mad

... and Tom also lent his voice to the #SaveDaredevil campaign. 

But my far my favorite moment was the US Open. So, Tom Hiddleston randomly meets tennis player, Johanna Konta. Thus began not only one of the greatest runs from a British female tennis player at the US Open, but also a masterclass in the kind of supportive energy everyone needs in their lives. 

Number Four: Stage Door Tom

I went back and worth about whether Stage Door should have been included in the overall Betrayal moment but no, Tom Hiddleston at the stage door is a moment. Stage Door Tom is a legend, an icon, selfie master, king of sass, sweeter than Southern tea. 

Between West End and Broadway, Tom had more than 200 performances this year - and he came out for Stage Door after nearly ever single one of them. Whether you were forming an orderly queue in London or mosh pitting in NYC, you were in for a treat.

I would estimate that Tom met more than 10,000 fans. There were some incredibly moving moments like when he greeted a deaf fan in sign language. ps: British Sign Language is very different than American Sign Language. 

And there were some hilarious moments.

And then there was the Sass King ready to help everyone improve their selfie skills. 

Number Three: InstaTom 

So long Twitter Tom, hello InstaTom. Tom Hiddleston finally remember his Instagram password in 2019. He posted more times in 2019, than in the previous 3 years he was on IG combined. Selfie game was strong. Came at you with the filtered aesthetic. Even threw out some emojis...  

I'm still crying over the fact that Tom's first Betrayal Broadway selfie...

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...was also his last Betrayal Broadway selfie. 

And that squash video with Charlie Cox? Blessed. 

Number Two: Dou Sen

Tom Hiddleston was here to shake all the forests in 2019.  

Your imaginary boyfriend fed us with his Centrum ad

Then he served us during the BAFTA China launch. 

And finally he shook us with the Bosideng campaign. Now I know why he is called Shaking Forest. 

Alexa, how do I say "thank you" in Chinese? 

Number One: Betrayal 

Tom Hiddleston would often joke that Kenneth Branagh referred to the year they did Ivanov, Wallander, and the Thor casting as his "Hiddleston Year". 2019 was undeniably Hiddleston's "Betrayal Year". There was not a single month this year where Tom wasn't either rehearsing, performing, or doing promotions.

Two continents. 234 shows. 200,000 audience members. 

When I started compiling this list it was clear that every road would lead back to Betrayal. Hype Man Tom (5) went hard for his co-stars Charlie Cox and Zawe Ashton. There can't be a Stage Door Tom (4) without him first being on stage. InstaTom (3) had 19 Betrayal related posts this year - which is like 9283298 in Hiddles-Land. Even Dou Sen (2) incorporated Betrayal into his commercial and took time to thank all his Chinese fans for coming to the play. 

 Tom Hiddleston said that his heart belonged in the theatre. And even if you weren't personally there, we all felt the joy in his heart for being on stage again. And on Broadway! 

I expect to continue to hear more from Betrayal in 2020. Tom and his costars are all up for WhatsOnStage Awards. I would be shocked if there weren't also Tony and Olivier nominations in the future. Fun factoid: Even though the play is 40 years old and has countless revival - no actor has ever won a major award for Betrayal. This cast may just have what it takes.