LOS ANGELES - Not everyone’s first day of school involves Sharon Stone and Dennis Quaid popping by their desk, but Halifax’s Theresa Capell said that’s what her time in Hollywood has felt like.
Capell, a jewelry designer and recent graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, got the chance to show off her work to celebrities last week before Sunday’s Golden Globes in a luxury gift suite in Los Angeles.
“I was a teeny bit star struck when I met the few people that I knew I loved,” Capell said about her favourite stars like Meghan Ory, who plays Red Riding Hood in the TV show Once Upon a Time, and Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad.
Capell, who has a stall at the Seaport Farmer’s Market, said she was “very fortunate” a Hollywood entertainment company saw her designs and liked them enough to invite her to their gift suite.
Speaking over the phone from L.A., Capell said it was nice meeting all kinds of actors, writers and film people who shared stories about what it’s like to work on a Hollywood set.
“It was kind of like your first day of school,” Capell said, adding she was happy to get a photo with Dennis Quaid, and Sharon Stone was “absolutely wonderful.”
The star of the hit movie Basic Instinct, Stone stopped by Capell’s table with her sister, and was so taken with the natural materials like leaves and pinecones Capell uses in her Foxine line she gave a set of earrings to her sibling.
“It reminded her of how there’d be pinecones all over her lawn,” Capell said. “They just loved how it made them relate back to their childhood.”
Capell said she’ll be enjoying the California sunshine for another few days as she plans on visiting a few boutiques in the hopes of getting her pieces on display.
“If I’m going to go to L.A. I might as well take it for what it’s worth, kind of use this opportunity to help myself,” said Capell.