TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
Stars rode a wave of surfboard gongs in LA
Stars ride a wave of surfboard gongs.
Making his first public appearance since announcing his split from Anna Faris on Aug. 6, a mellow and wedding-band-free Chris Pratt accepted his surfboard for Choice Scifi Movie Actor at the Teen Choice Awards by dispensing some sketchy words of wisdom to the young crowd at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center in Los Angeles on Aug. 13. Pratt conceded that as a blond and tanned aspiring actor, he replied to an agent who said, “Wow, bro, you must surf,” with, “Why, yeah.” After a pause, the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 star cracked, “And that was the first of many lies … that
I told to get to where I am today.”
More earnest were three-gong winners Fifth Harmony, who urged peace in the wake of racial violence in the US (see p. 16), while Choice Summer Movie Actress Zendaya said, “I need you to be educated, I need you to listen. I need you to pay attention.”
Heeding from afar, Bruno Mars sent a video thank you for his Visionary Award. But 18-time winner and Ultimate Choice honoree Miley Cyrus was a last-minute no-show (she instagrammed her apologies). As presenter Victoria Justice summed up, “I know. It’s a bummer.”
Pretty Little Liars stars Janel Parrish (left) and Lucy Hale both won gongs. With the show ending, Hale said it was “bittersweet.”
Rita Ora (left, in Alexandre Vauthier) opened the show with her latest hit, “Your Song”.
Paris Jackson (in Zimmermann) was a Female Hottie and Model nominee. Hush, now! Bella Thorne (right) and boyfriend Blackbear arrived with their puppies.
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown dazzled in Kenzo.