The 7 Fictional Characters Who Attended Georgetown

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Way back when in 2012, 4E wrote an article about Georgetown’s Fictional Alumni. While this post covered the classic Georgetown movie/TV references, we now have 3 more years of media that calls out the Hilltop.

1. Melanie Porter (Raven Symoné): Those of you who understand real culture must remember the classic Disney film, College Road Trip. Raven plays a college senior applying to Georgetown University (which she eventually attends). While the school filmed in this movie looks nothing like our hilltop, it is certainly nice to be recognized by Disney. Also, who could forget the double dutch bus (AKA the best song of the century)?

2. Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario): It was only a week ago that the star of Pretty Little Liar’s character announced that she was attending Georgetown University and, since then, tweens have been buzzing about it. Why should we be surprised? Her hyper stressed attitude, love of caffeine and preppy style fit perfectly into the Georgetown stereotype.

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3. Walter Larson (Tim Robbins) and Haroon Raja (Bernard White): Both of these characters from the new show The Brink are supposed Georgetown grads. Robbins plays the US Secretary of State and White plays Pakistan’s ISI. Probably SFS grads #diplomacy.

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4. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes): According to this article, the Homeland main character is also a Georgetown alum. While I have never seen this show (I know, what am I doing with my life), I’ve heard that her character is pretty bad-ass. I mean she works for the CIA, how much more SFS can you get?

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5. Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Will Gardner (Josh Charles):  Of course representing Georgetown Law are these two lawyers from The Good Wife. Our beloved university plays the particularly important role of bringing these two together, whose relationship is an extremely important part of show.

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6. Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington): Another Georgetown Law “alumni” is none other than Ms. Pope herself, the gladiator. She is beloved by Georgetown students (AKA my idol), and truly personifies the Georgetown personality.

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7. Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin): Added by popular demand is Agent Archer. Sadly, I have never seen this. Sorry fans. But if you say he went to Georgetown, I’ll believe you. Hoya Saxa spies.

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A Very Bollywood Proposal

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Hot off the heels of Rangila comes another exciting Bollywood-related event at Georgetown — but this is no extracurricular activity. Aditya Sahajwalla (MSB ’11) proposed to Bahar Dave (SFS ’11) on the steps of White Gravenor Hall with an amazing Bollywood dance routine.

Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., first brought our attention to this momentous event (which actually took place Nov. 15) via his Facebook page:

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That’s right, everyone. Two Georgetown alumni got engaged on the steps of an academic building. And you thought White Gravenor was just for last-minute add-drop and psych seminars.

Check out the incredible, heart-warming video here (complete with Bahar’s reactions captured in the corner). Congratulations to Aditya and Bahar!

Photos: Facebook, panaramio.com

Your Friend John Mulaney Has a New Show

mulaneyJohn Mulaney, who graduated from the College in 2004, has a self-titled show that is premiering tonight at 9:30 p.m. on Fox. Sure you know that Bill Clinton and Bradley Cooper attended Georgetown, but you’re only a true Hoya if you know this guy, our own lanky little gem.

Prior to working on this show, Mulaney wrote for “Saturday Night Live” where he co-created the character Stefon with actor Bill Hader. Whoa. SPICY. Mulaney also does incredible stand-up. You must see his skit, New in Town. Here’s a short clip of it.

Whenever I watch this clip, I wonder if the perfume story happened somewhere on N Street or in Burleith:

So he’s hysterical and he makes us proud to be Hoyas. And now he has a show called “Mulaney.” The Twitter-verse is chattering, including two former Hoyas. Mike Birbiglia (COL ’00), a big-shot comic in his own right, weighed in:

Nick Kroll (COL ’01), a comedian and actor who wrote for the Chapelle Show, played “the douche” on “Parks and Rec,” Ruxin on “The League,” and created and stars in the “Kroll Show” (along with Mulaney), also chimed in:


We’re glad to see funny Hoyas sticking together and hustling the world for all it’s worth.

If “Mulaney” is anywhere close to being as funny as Stefon or the comedian’s stand up, we’ll all be living the #blessed life. Just make sure to let everyone know that this dude is a Hoya. John Mulaney is the Hoya we all wish we could be. Congrats, you little fat girl.

Breaking: Georgetown Alumna Has Seen a Diamond in the Flesh

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To paraphrase my girl Lorde, I will never be royal. But I can think of a Georgetown alumna who is closer to royalty than I’ll ever be: Lizzy Wilson!

Granddaughter of the founder of the Holiday Inn corporation, Elizabeth Alleen Wilson, went to the University of Virginia for her undergraduate degree. She went on to enroll at Georgetown for graduate school, earning her degree in art and museum studies. While living in London after graduation, Lizzy met the one and only Guy Pelly. Who’s that, you may ask? Oh, just one of the BFF’s of Princes William and Harry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

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Pelly, ever the romantic, stated after his engagement to Lizzy, “I have calmed down quite a bit socially and I love babies.” The two were married in Dahlgren ­— just kidding — in Memphis this weekend! Joining the happy couple were the royals, enjoying everything Memphis has to offer, including Graceland and good old BBQ.

Why Memphis? It’s a city where the Wilson family has quite a bit of social capital.  And it looks like they’re going to earn a lot more now that their prodigal daughter has entered the inner(ish) circle of the royal family. Congrats, Lizzy! You may be a Pelly after this weekend, but you’ll always be a Hoya.

Special thanks to the Daily Beast for this article.

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Fashion-Forward: Georgetown Without Eyebrows or Teeth

1979 Georgetown UniversityA new, interesting fashion trend is sweeping Georgetown as well-known Hoyas are losing the brows and donning toothless grins! Well, not really. But, with the help of some amateur (really, really amateur) Photoshopping, we can see if it’s working for any of these Hilltop Hotties. For all your viewing pleasure (read: displeasure), here’s Georgetown without eyebrows or teeth!

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Otto Porter sans his pearly-whites

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Savannah Guthrie (LAW ’02) showing off those gums! So healthy and pink!

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Madeleine Albright plucked for fashion, too

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Bradley Cooper (COL ’97) goes topless without his upper row of chompers! Wow!

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Another trend-setter, John Carroll!

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Even The Hoya’s online editor, Lindsay Lee, is on top of this fad!

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So, Hoyas, who wore it best? Will this style be the new vogue? Who is next to don this up-to-the-minute style? 4E will be sure to keep you posted!

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Another Reason We Love Bradley Cooper

Bradley CooperToday, actors Michael Douglas and Jared Leto have come under criticism for their strange and possibly homophobic acceptance speeches during the Golden Globes award ceremony last night. Their comments came as a bit of a shock, considering both had been honored for playing prominent LGBT roles.

While accepting his Golden Globe, Douglas, who earned the prize for his portrayal of the piano icon Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, said, “Being the paranoid actor that I was, I thought maybe I was mincing a little bit in the part that I was doing.”

Leto also made some awkward statements during his acceptance speech. Referring to getting his body waxed to play a transgender woman named Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, he remarked, “I’m just fortunate it wasn’t a period piece so I didn’t have to do full Brazilian. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about; and so do some of you men, I think.”

When hearing Leto’s statement, many ceremony attendees let out a chuckle. Bradley Cooper (COL ’97), however, had a different reaction to the inconsiderate comment:

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Bradley is not impressed.

His reaction just gives us another reason to think Bradley Cooper is so awesome: He doesn’t like weird digs to the LGBT community.

To read the full story and see both Douglas’ and Leto’s full acceptance speeches, head over to Slate.com. To see more Bradley Cooper, watch him in American Hustle, which won last night’s Golden Globe for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Or, who knows, maybe you’ll even see him around campus…

Photo: JustJared.com; Gif: Slate.com via NBC

MARCH MADNESS: Notable Alumni Round 2

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Results for Notable Alumni Round 1 are in: Patrick Ewing bested the top seeded Bradley Cooper by only 11 votes, and Bill Clinton showed who’s really in charge by destroying Zoey Bartlet (much to the chagrin of our managing editor). Georgetown has spoken; we like basketball and presidents. Simple as that.

Now two alumni compete to make the Final Four. It’s Patrick Ewing vs. Bill Clinton.

I think we’d all agree that Ewing has aged pretty well

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But let’s not forget about Bill Clinton, who ages like a fine bottle of wine.

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His DNC speech was a little drawn out, but few people can captivate so many people for so long…

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Then again, Ewing is one of those people. He kept audiences captivated his entire career for entire games.

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Speaking of careers, Bill Clinton was the freaking President of the United States: something kids and adults alike aspire to be.

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But then again Patrick Ewing was a killer pro-basketball player: something kids actually want to do.

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As a pro-athlete, I’d say it’s safe to assume that Ewing got a lot of the ladies

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But having taken AP US History, I’m pretty sure Bill Clinton did too…

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It’s up to you, Georgetown. Pick one of the most beloved politicians or one of the most famous athletes in the American history. Vote here and check in for the results.

Notable Alumni Round 2: Patrick Ewing or Bill Clinton?

Hoyas on Screen: “Sound of My Voice”

Who needs Hollywood when you have “Hoyawood”? No, I’m not just talking about the organization on campus. I’m talking about Georgetown alum and director Zal Batmanglij (COL ’01) and writer/star Brit Marling (COL ’05). Try typing their names into Google – they are quite literally the new “it” celebrities.

Their most recent film, “Sound of My Voice”, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Fox Searchlight Pictures this Friday. This psychological thriller follows a journalist and his girlfriend as they investigate a cult whose leaders claims to be from the future. Praising it for the way “it does a lot with a little”, a movie critic gives the film a 3.5/4 stars.

But for me personally, it’s not so much that they’ve been getting fantastic reviews. It’s more of the fact that they’ve been working and filming together for so long. According to Batmanglij, “we entered ‘Lucid Grey’ into the Georgetown festival on April 27, 2001. Now ‘Sound of My Voice’ is opening on April 27, 11 years later. It couldn’t have happened in a more perfectly cinematic way.” 

Well, Hoyas who are aspiring to be directors, actors, producers and all the above, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the private screening of “Sound of My Voice”  tomorrow night. Both Batmanglij and Marling will be present for a Q&A after the screening and they’ll be joined by their fellow alumni filmmaker Mike Cahill (COL ’01), director of “Another Earth” (which also happens to star Marling). Can you say perks of being a Hoya?

When directors and actresses just casually show up to a private screening to meet you. NBD.

(Side note: Apparently Batmanglij’s mom is quite the chef and writer. What a family.)

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