Video of Brad Grey's wife Cassandra goes viral in Hollywood
The hottest new film in Hollywood isn't "The Lorax" or "John Carter."
It's a promotional video made by the Italian version of Vogue magazine featuring Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey's wife, Cassandra. The two wed last year in a lavish ceremony, attended by stars including Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lopez.
Titled "The Princess of Bel Air," the video features Cassandra Grey at her home, walking her dogs, and in a car on the way to her Melrose Avenue fashion studio, discussing life and her thoughts on style.
Some of those thoughts are surprising. "Other than Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg and Natalie Massenet [founder of the online luxury fashion shop net-a-porter.com], fashion designers are my heroes," Grey tells the camera. "Because they dress us in their dreams and enrich our moments with decorations."
Though it was originally posted in December, the video appears to have recently been discovered on the Chinese video sites tudou.com and youku.com. The tudou.com version was popping up in email in-boxes throughout Hollywood on Monday.
"I’m taking my role as a wife and a lover and a stepmother very seriously, meaning I want to be really, really good at it," she says early in the video, while wearing a flapper-esque head wrap and holding a cigarette.
At another point, she holds up an old copy of "Vogue's Book of Etiquette" and says she has been studying the text. "A lot of it is sort of outdated but a lot of it's relevant today," she says. "And I think they should teach this book in school."
Asked to comment on the video, the good-humored Grey said in an email that she wasn't altogether pleased with the results. "I was trying for a caricature of myself, thinking it may read funny and make for a more entertaining interview," she wrote. "But it seems the joke's on me. I do love fashion, and I am proud of the work that I do behind the scenes, which is where I belong. It's safe to say I won't be starring in 'The Fresh Princess of Bel Air.'"
— Ben Fritz