One of my favorite ways to kick off the holidays is to greet the stars on the red carpet at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Between now and Christmas, we’ll revisit some of those events right here. Keep returning to this post as we update each week with a new flashback.

You’ll find this year’s festivities – the 90th Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade – on the streets of Hollywood, CA on November 27th at 6pm. Danny Trejo is this year’s Grand Marshal, and grandstand seats for the event are available here.

The first ever red carpet movie premiere happened in Hollywood on this date 100 years ago! We’re celebrating this day by looking back at my very first red carpet, for Herbie: Fully Loaded, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood a little over 17 years ago.

Back in 2005, I was just 8 years old. Although I was pretty nervous, I think it turned out great. Some people didn’t know what to make of this tiny girl reporter at a big Hollywood event, but just about everybody was as nice as they could be. Looking back, it’s pretty incredible that I got to interview Michael Keaton my first time out. Justin Long was so nice, and Thomas Lennon was so funny. It was my first time (of many) talking to Aly & AJ, who were always so sweet! I’ve done many more red carpets at the El Capitan, and learned more with each event, but this one will always be extra special to me.

I first met Judy twelve years ago at a Halloween event for charity. A couple of years later, I interviewed her at the Hooray for Hollywood event honoring Carol Burnett, in 2013. She was nice and she was funny, and she will be missed.

In 2007 we were touring around the US in our mobile studio, broadcasting the Smart Family Show from a different state each week. We returned to LA several times throughout the year to report on red carpets, and this was one of them. I enjoyed speaking with the cast and filmmakers, along with special guests, including Disney Channel actors. There is a post-credit scene, so watch till the end!

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here are my three red carpet reports for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (2, 3 and 4). I had a fun time covering these and met so many wonderful people – from filmmakers and cast to so many celebrities who walked the red carpet. These events are especially near and dear to my heart because I first met Miley Cyrus (Pirates 2) and Selena Gomez (Pirates 3) at these events, and they were so kind and generous over the years to keep chatting with this (very) young red carpet reporter. Avast me hearties, yo ho!

I met Ms. Nichols on a red carpet quite a few years ago. She was so gracious and a wonderful role model. I was sorry to hear of her passing. Enjoy these few moments I spent talking with her at a charity event.

We’re celebrating the release of Minions: The Rise of Gru in theaters today! Enjoy this flashback to my interviews at the premieres of Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3, including with Gru himself, Steve Carell.

Many thanks to the folks at CES 2022 for allowing us to bring our mobile studio back to the Central Plaza at LVCC this year. It was a great show! Here are some highlights…

My interview with Tina Anthony from the CTA:

My interviews at Showstoppers:

My interviews at the Las Vegas Convention Center:

Molly Ringwald joined us to talk about the importance of the 16 Vaccine initiative, which aims to protect teens against meningococcal disease. (More info at The16Vaccine.org.) After being the most famous teenager on the planet, and recently becoming a mom of teens (and playing one on Netflix), she also shared her thoughts on the Kissing Booth movies.

Makayla joined us in studio for the May 28th, 2021 episode of the Smart Movie Show. We picked her brain about her time on AGT and American Idol (two seasons!), as well as her new music and what she’s binge-watching.

You can hear Makayla’s new single, “Renegade Jane (Don’t Want You)” on JENNiRADIO. Listen to 101.7 FM in SoCal and worldwide right here at JENNiRADIO.com.