Hollywood’s biggest night for Ed Begley Jr. and his daughter, Hayden Carson Begley, began at the Metro.
Instead of driving, ordering an Uber, or taking a black car, arrive at Begley’s oscar That’s the way many people get to work: by taking the subway. LA’s Metro Rail, to be specific.
Ed, a longtime actor and Academy member since 1978, best known for roles in the films Best in Show, St. ElsewhereAnd better call Saul, has taken Hayden as a guest to the Oscars three times so far. For his latest travelogue, Hayden documents his unexpected (at least for many Angelenos) transportation journey a tiktok It went viral and has been viewed over 1.5 million times, The video was part of a series where Hayden documented his experiences taking the bus or subway around the city.
Hayden, wearing a formal black dress, and her father, also wearing a suit, took an LA Metro bus from Valley Village to Studio City, boarded the Red Line subway, exited at Hollywood after a few stops, and drove off. Walked through the streets and pedestrians are staring at the sidewalk to see any celebrities. Little did those onlookers know that two Oscars attendees were walking right next to them.
“She is a good sport, though. Let’s be very clear,” Ed told BuzzFeed News about his daughter. “For me and my comfortable tennis shoes with good arch support, I’m fine. It’s running pretty well.
Below, the father-daughter duo opened up about their continued efforts to highlight the environmental benefits and efficiency of public transit, their love for the Academy Awards, and why they (shockingly) simply prefer not to drive in LA.
This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.,
This isn’t your first time transiting to the Oscars. What is the decision behind doing this again?
Hayden: I remember my dad coming into my room and saying, “Do you want to make a statement?” I was like, yeah, what are we going to do? Like, it’s so exciting. He said, “We’re taking the subway to the Oscars,” and I was like, I’m so game.
Ed: Rachel, my dear wife, [is] Caring a lot about the environment, but she made it clear that she has no interest in riding a bike or taking the subway to the Oscars. So when Hayden had the honor of being a part of Oscar night, she was very game.
What do you like about attending the event?
Ed: I love live music in the room. There’s great acoustics. you received Lady Gaga play.
Hayden: He cried his eyes out to Lady Gaga.
Ed: Touching speeches… You know, most people aren’t reading from the list. He is speaking from the heart. That’s why I find him so compelling, like Jamie Lee Curtis and all the cool wins everything together everywhere, I love that we reward people who have done outstanding work in the film.
Hayden: My favorite thing about going besides being part of the night and being a part of movie history is also getting to be with my best friend, my dad.
Hayden, in one of your TikTok videos, you mentioned a friend about taking public transit every day for a week. didn’t know LA had subways, Why do you prefer to take public transport here?
Hayden: This is one of LA’s gems. There are many people who have already taken it because it is the only way for them to travel. The responsibility of maintaining those transit lines falls on these people.
I believe we have a duty to support public transportation in LA. It is very difficult to get around in LA with so much traffic. and if you’re going downtown during rush hour or [coming] Coming back from downtown during rush hour, you can also take the subway as it is much faster than going on the 101 [freeway],
Plus, you’re supporting a service that is essential to LA. If we can keep this up, get more buses and more subways to come more often, and extend our lines, there’s no reason why we can’t have a metro city, when I say that I’m going to take the subway or the bus, it’s nothing that people are like, “Wow, that’s amazing.”
Ed: Passengers are badly damaged under epidemic, So all of our citizens here have a responsibility to support public transport, to get it back to where it was before, and, in fact, to grow beyond it.
Both of you are environmentalists. Can you talk about the environmental benefits of taking public transportation instead of driving?
Ed: It’s a very neat way to get around. It’s a great equalizer, public transport. In New York, everybody rides [on] Subway. I’d like to see more happen here.
Hayden: [There are] There are also more people on the bus or metro, so you are getting a smaller portion of the carbon footprint that is used by the bus or metro.
Over the years, has anyone asked you why you’re dressed glamorously on transit to the Oscars?
Ed: We have been recognized by some very nice people.
Hayden: People never directly ask why, but you can see people looking at you, [wondering,] “What are you doing? Where are you going?”
Ed: Metro people are like, “What?” It doesn’t matter to them at all. They are looking for cameras, and there are none.
What are the things people should keep in mind while using public transport?
Hayden: I have been taking it for a week as a female. There is a certain amount of unsafe walking around alone as a woman, so I think one should be cautious. there is one in the metro incident report app Where you can directly get metro security. I have it on my phone, and I’ve never really used it. But it was a great safety net to feel okay and know [I can] Get in touch with someone at Metro Security instantly.
I have it transit app On my phone, that’s a separate Metro app. and it’s usually right [about transit schedules]But you really have to leave a minute before they leave.
Is taking LA Transit, especially to the Oscars, something you think you’ll continue to do?
Ed: I’ve been riding public transportation since I was 4 or 5, so I’m not about to stop now. I’m 73, and I’ll ride it until I – as I was when I was 4 or 5 – unable to hold a conversation.
Hayden: I’ll be wheeling him there.