DEVIL WEARS PRADA meets CASTING LACEY. When Hollywood powerhouse Jo makes her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, photos of the affectionate moment lead the tabloids to declare they’re dating. This ridiculous gossip couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new film project. But as both women fight to protect their careers, they realize the rumor might not be so off base after all.
Jo Jones in the running for Silver gig, the headline on the screen said. Right beneath that, in italics, it read, But should she be?
Emma huffed as she scrolled through the article for the fifth time. She didn’t normally spend her mornings reading gossip columns about her boss, but Jo had had a meeting with the studio producing the next Agent Silver movie earlier this week. As Jo’s assistant, Emma knew her schedule of appointments but not what happened within them. She wanted to know how the meeting had gone.
The article didn’t clear that up for her. Jo was on the shortlist, at least, but was apparently a terrible choice. No experience writing a movie, certainly not an action flick. It was like they forgot she was the showrunner of TV’s top drama five years running. Sure, Innocents didn’t have explosions or fight scenes—except that one time in season two—but it was good. It was quality television. Jo had the Emmys to prove it.
Not good enough for this columnist, though. He didn’t come out and say it was because Jo was a Chinese American woman. Instead the article was filled with worries about too soft a touch and a concern she would somehow miss the truly American essence of Silver. Emma rolled her eyes. Jo was born and freaking raised here.