Denzel Washington took his 22-year old daughter as his date to the Golden Globes on Sunday. The father-and-daughter duo walked down the red carpet holding hands leading everyone to assume he was with his 62-year-old wife.
The pair apparently had so many red carpet reporters confuse them for a couple that by the time Washington got to E!’s Ryan Seacrest the “Flight” actor just started the interview by saying “IT’S NOT MY WIFE, PAULETTA.”
Gawker points out folks on Twitter were also confused. Several respected news agencies (including the New York Times) also issued corrections after they identified Washington’s daughter as his wife Pauletta.
Washington took his daughter Olivia to the Golden Globes and introduced her as a “budding young actress.”Olivia currently attends New York University, where she is studying acting.
Last year, Washington spoke candidly about the advice he gives his daughter as she enters the entertainment industry as a black woman.
“I say, ‘You’re black, you’re a woman, and you’re dark-skinned at that, so you have to be a triple/quadruple threat,’” Washington explained in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
Washington went on to say he tells his daughter to strive to be like Viola Davis.