Kelleth Cuthbert became an overnight sensation after she accidentally stole the show on the red carpet at the Golden Globes 2019, by photobombing most of the celebrities on the red carpet.
“A couple people came up to me and were like, ‘FIJI’s going viral,’” she says. “I thought maybe I’m in the background of a couple shots. One of my print agents tagged me in a meme of myself,” she says, with a laugh. “I called my mom on my break, and she was already laughing when she picked up the phone. My parents are not very hip to things going on, so the fact that they had already received this information says a lot about how viral it already went.”
She says that she did her own makeup and hair and admits: “I wish now that I hadn’t chosen to sleep in a little longer. I thought, ‘I don’t need to put that much effort into myself…no one’s really going to see me.'”
She claims that her moves were not calculated. “I never said that. I just stand where I’m told, wherever there is an opening.” Cuthbert told Glamour magazine that she simply moved from spot to spot and passed out water as she tried to keep a neutral-but-pleasant face. “Everyone has their work or event persona,” she explains.
“You try to look at least somewhat pleasant and not have a too much-resting bitch face. You have to look somewhat friendly and happy to be engaging with people.” She wasn’t trying to photobomb everyone, she says: “Sometimes you’re caught between a lot of cameras, so there’s a lot of photographers at different angles. You’re just kind of trapped sometimes. See that’s the thing: I feel like I was looking away, but sometimes I was looking so I could move out of the way.”
“I haven’t even had the time to sit down and think about what could come from this, but truly anything would be exciting. I would love to get an acting role. That would be amazing.” Her goals before were to get a theatrical agent to shift away from modeling. Now things can change.
“I definitely think I’m ready for [the fame], but such is the nature of the Internet that these things just go by in a flash,” she says. “No one will find this funny in a week. We’ll see! I think all of this stuff is very fleeting. I enjoy the craft of acting, but all the other stuff around it is just noise. It’s light and fun, and I think it’s meant to be taken that way. Not too seriously.”
People on social media, of course, had to react and soon after the ceremony, the Internet was full of memes. One user said: “The Fiji Water girl is serving LOOKS. Opportunity seeking at its finest.” Another added: “Fiji Water lady OWNED the #GoldenGlobes.” While a third one remarked: “This Fiji Water lady is stronger than all of us, because she has the willpower not to look directly at Idris Elba.”
“The girl handing out Fiji Water at the red carpet is an icon,” one fan tweeted, as another quipped: “Ok Fiji Water girl, a star is born. You’re the true winner of Golden Globes.”
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— imamess (@SGFGrowyso) January 7, 2019
if Bradley Cooper doesn’t bring the Fiji girl out on stage to perform “Shallow” with him I’m turning this show off
— Sam Lansky (@samlansky) January 7, 2019
$100 says Fiji girl is cast as a CW superhero next pilot season
— Carina Adly MacKenzie (@cadlymack) January 7, 2019
— 🙁 🙁 🙁 (@kobellic) January 7, 2019
I aspire to be the Fiji water girl at the #GoldenGlobeAwards
— ilana (@itsMeLlama) January 7, 2019