Ahead of the 2021 Golden Globes airing Sunday on NBC, Nightly Pop host Nina Parker is prepping to co-host E!’s pre-show, creating a custom red carpet look with her stylist and reflecting on Hollywood’s reckoning with racial injustice.
Although the Golden Globes red carpet will look a bit different from previous years, Parker says preparations are per usual. “Obviously, there is more protocol in place because of Covid-19 testing and things like that but for me it is always a bit of a study session and making sure I’m familiar with all the films, the actors, what they have going on, and what they have going on in the future,” she says.
Parker expects the challenging part about co-hosting the “Countdown to the Red Carpet” this year will be the lack of in-person interaction and potential technical difficulties—but she’s not fazed.
“We haven’t really done this before,” she says. “People are open, everybody watching in their sweats. We all have been in a work zone that has had a glitch and an issue so I feel people are more forgiving and it does make it a bit less of a formal event.”
While it may be held virtually, Parker says this new pre-show format makes it more relaxed and gives them an opportunity to have a good time and connect with people in a different way.
With less formalities, Parker says she looks forward to seeing whether celebrities are going to be dressed up at home or styled in loungewear. “I am wondering what the fashions are going to look like in this type of atmosphere or if people are going to go all out in their living rooms,” she says.
Parker takes pride in her own fashion sense. Last year during award season, she designed and created her own dress due to lack of plus-size options. This year, she decided to either design her own dress or work closely with a designer to get the right fitted look from now on. “For Golden Globes the outfit that I am using is one that was sketched by my stylist that I use at E!. We kind of put a look together. I kind of gave her an idea of what I wanted, she went shopping for fabrics, and so it was like a collaborative effort but it will definitely be a custom,” she says.
While there was controversy surrounding this year’s nominations for the Golden Globes, Parker agrees that there is a diversity problem with a lot of the nominations. She is a huge fan of HBO series Lovecraft Country and she says was disappointed not to see more acting nominations for the show. She says, “There have been a couple of disappointments for me as far as some of the nominations go. I think that there are ways to go for that. But I really enjoyed watching people craft their art even if it’s not nominated, watching how many eyes are on things.”
But she’s excited for Regina King nomination for Best Director for One Night In Miami. “I am obviously excited for Regina King getting nominated for being a director is huge. I am hoping that she snagged that win,” Parker says. “In the famous words of Issa Rae (Insecure), “I am rooting for everyone Black!”
Parker started on TMZ, then became the host of Love and Hip Hop reunion shows for four years, and began co-hosting Nightly Pop in 2018. She tries to not get comfortable in her career. “I think with a certain level of success you can get a little bit of comfortability. For me, I am always thinking about the next thing that I want to do, how I want to represent,” Parker says. “It is really important for me to show people in the Black community that we don’t have to be monolithic.”
Parker knows that the Black community is more than sports and entertainment. We have the capability of doing those things and so much more. It’s important for her to try new things but never feel complacent in the positions that she is in. For instance, her taking on the role of hosting Love and Hip Hop reunions to now being on the red carpet talking to some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
As an opinionated Black woman in this industry, Parker has overcome several challenges.
She says the uncomfortable conversations about racism in the industry that have followed the tragic police killing of George Floyd last year are necessary and overdue.
“These are conversations that a lot of us have been screaming into empty rooms about. Now, it feels like people are listening,” Parker says. “While there is still so much room to grow, I do feel like we are in a place where there has been some opportunities given.”
E!’s coverage begins at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT with Live From E!: Countdown to the Golden Globes.
E! Live From the Red Carpet: Golden Globes 2021 hosted by Giuliana Rancic airs 6:00pm ET/ 3:00pm PT on E!