Lily Gladstone Explains Why Attending the Golden Globes Felt Like Competing in “Squid Game”

"I mean the reality is, you're in shapewear, you need to pee," the star said of the formal event

<p>Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal; Sonja Flemming/CBS</p> Lily Gladstone

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Lily Gladstone

Lily Gladstone thinks attending the Golden Globes could be most likened to Squid Game.

On Monday, June 24, the actress, 37, appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show to discuss her experience during the awards circuit following the release of her 2023 movie Killers of the Flower Moon.

When asked if she "enjoys" award shows by host Kelly Clarkson, Gladstone – who uses she/they pronouns – said, "Meeting people is the fun part of it."

She continued, "The Globes was a little bit like Squid Game,” referring to the record-breaking Netflix drama which follows a group of contestants as they compete in a series of deadly games for a cash prize.

"I mean the reality is, you're in shapewear, you need to pee, you have commercial breaks but that’s the only time that you're able to do it," Gladstone said. "So, it's just a mad scramble and then that's the time when you get to like jam in meeting idols like, you know, Meryl Streep. Of course, that part is not bad."

The "Breakaway" singer responded saying it "terrifies" her to meet other celebrities because she might say "something stupid."

Gladstone joked, "I just kind of count on I'm going to say something stupid," to which Clarkson said, "Just lean into it. I like that."

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In January, the star made history at the 2024 Golden Globes as the first Native woman to win best actress in a motion picture in the drama category, having been nominated against Carey Mulligan for Maestro, Sandra Hüller for Anatomy of a Fall, Annette Bening for Nyad, Greta Lee for Past Lives and Cailee Spaeny for Priscilla.

Gladstone's acceptance speech was delivered in the Blackfeet language, which is an Algonquian language spoken by the Blackfoot or Niitsitapi people.

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While accepting the award, Gladstone said, "I love everyone in this room. I don't have words. I just spoke a bit of Blackfeet language, a beautiful community nation that raised me, that encouraged me to keep going, keep doing this here with my mom, who, even though she's not Blackfeet, worked tirelessly to get our language into our classroom so I had a Blackfeet language teacher growing up."

<p>Sonja Flemming/CBS</p> Lily Gladstone at the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards

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Lily Gladstone at the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards

The star continued to acknowledge the achievement, saying, "I'm so grateful that I can speak even a little bit of my language, which I'm not fluent in, up here because, in this business, Native actors used to speak their lines in English and then the sound mixers would run them backwards to accomplish Native languages on camera."

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Now, Gladstone is promoting the new film Fancy Dance, which is out now for a limited theatrical run before premiering on Apple TV+ on Friday, June 28.

According to the synopsis, the movie follows Gladstone’s character Jax in the aftermath of her sister’s disappearance. The young woman and her niece “defy the law and hit the road on a journey to the Grand Nation Powwow in Oklahoma City.”

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