Who is Isan Elba? She’s a lot more than just the 17-year-old daughter of Idris ElbaPeople‘s 2018 “Sexiest Man Alive.” She was chosen to be this year’s Golden Globes Ambassador. Each year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that also runs the award show, chooses one young individual to help a charity of their choosing and to distribute the awards won throughout the night.

“Last year, the HFPA renamed the title to represent a more inclusive role that was not only gender-neutral but also spoke to the HFPA’s commitment to philanthropy,” HFPA President Meher Tatna said in an online statement. “However, we are continuing to stand by the tradition that the honoree is the daughter or son of a well-known actor.”

Isan is also the daughter of Kim Elba, makeup artist and businesswoman.

For her time as ambassador, Isan will focus on raising awareness for mental health issues.


“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” Isan said during a press conference. “Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers, in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about. There’s this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle. We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”

In an interview with Variety on Thursday, the 17-year-old joked that she had everything under control. “I have no nerves. Literally, I have no nerves. … I’m just really chill. I think on the day of, all of that’s going to catch up with me. Hopefully not, though,” she said.

Isan, unlike her father, does not intend to go into an acting career. She plans to stay behind the curtains and off camera.

“I really got to see all of the behind-the-scenes, like what the sound department does, the lighting department, the best boy, etc. I didn’t even know what a best boy was before. And then getting to hang out with the producers, that was really cool. So I’m definitely thinking about being a filmmaker,” Isan told Glamour in November.

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