It’s Jerry from Cheer‘s world and we’re all just living in it.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show had Cheer star Jerry Harris on the 2020 Oscars red carpet where he talked to everybody from Billie Ellish and Regina King to Kathy Bates and Renée Zellweger and just about everybody who stopped for him knew who he was and was more starstruck to see him than the other way around.
Laura Dern even gave him some mat talk. Laura Dern. Gave. Jerry. Mat. Talk.
“Jerry. Jerry. Jerry, this is what I want to say to you: You’ve got this! You can do this Jerry,” Dern said to the college student. “Because my daughter was giving me some mat talk as I was driving in the car. And we love you and we love your big, beautiful heart.”
Dern went on to win the Oscar. Just saying.
Lin-Manuel Miranda freaked out. Greta Gerwig had a moment. “I feel like I manifested you in front of me,” Gerwig told him. Ellish and Bates tried on his Daytona championship ring. “I fell in love with you! I just saw the whole show,” Bates said bowing to the 20-year-old.
Al Pacino told him he won an Oscar in 1993, before Jerry was born.
“That’s longer than I’ve been alive,” Jerry laughed.
It didn’t stop on the Oscars red carpet. According to The Los Angeles Times, Jerry was the most popular person at Vanity Fair’s annual bash.
Back in the talk show studio, Ellen DeGeneres gifted Jerry with a scrapbook from his time on the carpet, complete with photos of him interviewing many Oscar winners, and a special $10,000 gift from Shutterfly.
“For loans, for joy, everything you do,” DeGeneres told him.
Jerry, for once, was speechless.
Season one of Cheer is now streaming on Netflix.