Central Florida was in the spotlight at the New World Symphony Monday night.
And Mickey Mouse was nowhere in sight. But Wilmer Valderrama was. The From Dusk Till Dawn star played emcee at a party to talk up the yet to be built ph Premiere Hotel & Spa Orlando, brought to us by Robert Earl, CEO/founder of the Planet Hollywood Hotels brand.
Why throw the event for an Orlando condo-hotel in Miami Beach?
“This is where it’s at,” Valderrama said. “The new [property] will have that same vibe. It will be very cool.”
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Also in the mix: Tanya Callau, the matriarch of the upcoming reality show Unusually Thicke, premiering March 1 online and on POP, owned by Lionsgate and CBS. Callau, born in Hollywood, Florida, is the third wife of Growing Pains star Alan Thicke. The series follows the couple’s daily lives, which includes raising Carter Thicke, an aspiring actor and Alan’s youngest with ex wife, beauty queen Gina Tolleson. The handsome teenager — who was his stepmom’s date at the symphony, buttoned up in a tux — lives with the couple who married in 2005 after meeting at a Miami Marlins gala. “It was back when they were the Florida Marlins. Alan was hosting; I was modeling. The rest is history!” said Callau, who graduated from Hollywood Hills High School, Class of ’93.
Mía Maestro of The Twilight Saga and TV’s Alias was happy to find an excuse to get out of the cold of Toronto, where she is shooting season 2 of FX’s The Strain.
“It’s been nice to walk around and feel the sun and get in the ocean,” admitted the Argentine visitor. “People complain about New York’s winter, but Toronto is no joke. It’s been as low as minus 32 degrees. You have to suit up in Arctic clothing.”
The actress loves playing Dr. Nora Martinez on Guillermo del Toro’s show about CDC investigators looking into a potential threat to the human population.
“It has a very specific aesthetic,” Maestro said of The Strain. “Vampires with a twist. Very Guillermo.”