Idris Elba's daughter Isan Elba tells PEOPLE her reaction to finding out her dad was named the Sexiest Man Alive
When asked how she found out about the title, Isan, 16, told PEOPLE, “Actually, I was on Instagram. PEOPLE said, ‘Oh, we’re announcing the Sexiest Man Alive,’ and I was like, ‘Oh yes, can’t wait.’ “
But she was less than enthused when she found out who the winner was. “I wake up in the morning and it’s my dad. I was like, ‘This is not what I was expecting. This is not very fun,’ ” Isan joked at a press event announcing her role as the Golden Globe Ambassador.
And her father’s reaction may have made it even more awkward.
“When I called him the day after, not even about it, he was like, ‘Do you have anything to say to me?’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ Then he said, ‘I’m the Sexiest Man Alive.’ I was like, ‘Oh, yeah. That. That thing. Uh, okay, cool. You’re welcome,’ ” Isan explained.
Unfortunately for Isan, escaping her father’s latest honor is becoming impossible.
“It’s definitely a topic around school, so I’m the one being teased about it,” she said after being asked if she plans to taunt her dad with the title. However, she was quick to clarify that all the teasing has been “in a nice way,” adding, “It’s a joking kind of way, but it gets awkward sometimes.”
Of course, the actor, 46, isn’t the only one being celebrated these days.
On Wednesday, Isan was named the 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
HFPS President Meher Tatna introduced Isan at The Four Seasons in Los Angeles.
“She’s a big fan of film, fashion, and beauty and is also a member of her school’s business club and in her spare time, you can often find her traveling with her Golden Globe award-winning dad,” Tatna continued. “Please help me in welcoming and congratulating the 2019 golden globe ambassador, daughter of Kim and Idris Elba, Isan Elba.”
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During her speech, Isan said she was “honored” at the opportunity to be an ambassador and described the moment as “surreal.”
“I’ve always been a lover TV and movies and I dream to be in the industry one day,” she said while thanking her father and mother, Kim Elba, during her speech. “I’m really honored to have this position and be able to talk about things that, issues that I care about such as mental health, expression among African Americans, and my peers in particular. There’s a perceived stigma and I’ve seen my friends struggle with it.”
Also at the ceremony, Isan was treated to a special video made by her father.
“Not only am I one of your favorite actors, I’m also a proud, proud father of this year’s new Golden Globe Ambassador — my beautiful daughter Isan,” Elba said. “Hey Issie, I know you’re probably cringing right now.”