Stars of TrevorLIVE Talk Their Fave Pop Culture Moments of 2018

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Stars flooded L.A.’s Beverly Hilton ballroom on Sunday night to take part in the TrevorLIVE gala, an event that supports The Trevor Project’s efforts to save young LGBTQ lives.

In addition to raising over $1.5 million for the vital non-profit, the gala celebrated some of the biggest entertainers of the past year. With that much star power in one room, it was the perfect chance to find out what the stars of the evening consider their favorite pop culture moment of 2018.

For Superstore’s Nico Santos, the answer was easy. “Crazy Rich Asians!” the actor exclaimed, choosing the groundbreaking rom-com he starred in over the summer. “Hiii, do you even have to ask?!”

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Santos’ Superstore co-star Lauren Ash said she loved Crazy Rich Asians, but it was the return of a certain celeb to the spotlight that got her vote for best moment of the year.

“Mine is Amanda Bynes resurfacing, I gotta be honest,” Ash said, citing Bynes’ recent cover story in Paper’s “Break the Internet” issue. But Santos couldn’t argue the choice, adding, “Sorry, but that is a good one!”

Queer writer Mara Wilson, who stole our hearts as a child in films like Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, chose a movie full of lesbian love affairs.

“I lived for The Favourite because I love Olivia Colman and I would love to be waiting on her hand and foot,” Wilson said. “So Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in The Favourite was pretty much my everything.”

As for Dan Levy, the Schitt’s Creek writer and star seems to have “Thank U, Next” fever like the rest of us.

“The new Ariana Grande video is pretty epic, the song and the video,” Levy said about the pop star’s brand new Mean Girls-inspired music video. “An answer that came to me literally yesterday.”

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Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken felt like there were too many amazing moments to choose from, but admitted there’s one headline from 2018 that’s still on her mind.

“I definitely still want to see how the Nicki Minaj, Cardi B fight started,” the queen of Dallas said. “I think that’s a housewife mentality. I just want to see how that shit went down because I wanna take notes! Both on how to start it and how to avoid it.”

Former Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jauregui was on hand to perform her new single “Expectations” at the gala and the bisexual artist had no trouble thinking of her favorite queer moment in music from 2018.

“Hayley Kiyoko dropped her album this year,” Jauregui said. “Her and Kehlani’s song together? That was such an iconic-ass queer moment.”

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One thing everyone at the event seemed to agree on was the power of Pose, Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking television series that received the night’s Hero Award.

“It’s bringing people together in ways that no TV show has ever before,” said Indya Moore, who plays Angel on the FX series. “It’s saving lives. You can’t say that about a lot of things being produced by Hollywood nowadays. But Pose is saving lives. And it’s returning people back to their families in ways that we’ve never seen.”

Head to NewNowNext’s Instagram story for even more celebrity moments from TrevorLIVE 2018.

Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.
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