The Los Angeles mayoral race is heating up and Hollywood is being forced to decide if they’re on Team Garcetti or Team Greuel.
A-listers (yes B-listers, too, but who cares about them) are divided in half between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel, the two front-runners for the upcoming primary on March 5.
If the presidential race bonded Hollywood together in mutual love for President Barack Obama, the L.A. mayoral race seems to be doing the exact opposite.
“If you have a heartbeat in Hollywood, you have been approached about donating to Wendy or Eric,” says Greuel supporter and United Talent Agency’s Jay Sures. “It is splitting the town. I’ve sent out invites to fundraisers on more than one occasion and received responses that said: ‘So sorry. I’m on the other side’. ”
On Thursday, Garcetti’s fundraiser at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood will feature funny guys Will Ferrell and Jimmy Kimmel.
But if you think Garcetti’s supporters are cool, next week, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Tobey Maguire, Kate Hudson, and Sarah Silverman all plan on attending Greuel’s upcoming event at the Soho House.
Who else is on Team Greuel? Most notably, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are backing the city controller.
Team Garcetti? Jake Gyllenhaal, Kevin Spacey, and Salma Hayek have all come out in support for the city councilman.
“He really cares about making a difference,” Hayek told The Hollywood Reporter.
While Greuel’s previous experience as an executive at DreamWorks is helping her pick up Hollywood voters, Garcetti is proving to be just as popular for his tax incentives and entertainment labor union support.
So far, Hollywood has reportedly donated a record-breaking $1 million to the respective campaigns.
Because neither Garcetti nor Greuel are predicted to win more than half the vote on the primary, the two will most likely duke it out in a runoff on May 21. A real Hollywood cliffhanger.