The assistants who run Hollywood


Geetanjali "Gilly" Iyer ditched her celebrity employer to work for a rival pop diva.

In 2013, Jennifer Lopez lost her boyfriend, her spot on the "American Idol" judges panel, and her longtime assistant. Iyer defected to Mariah Carey's camp (lmao yass) — who would replace J-Lo on the show for one season — when the singer hired producer Jermaine Dupri as her manager.

Iyer's experience as a one-time tour manager for Snoop Dogg's record label and talent scout at Sony BMG make her the ideal, industry-savvy fit for the Grammy-winning Carey.

George Clooney's ~Angel


Women pass in and out of his life, but Hollywood's favorite bachelor can count on one woman: a "cheerful, red-haired woman in early middle age" who goes by the name Angel.

Clooney first met her when she assisted him and fellow "ER" cast member Noah Wyle in the '90s (Clooney won her over in the end).

Angel lives in a detached house on his Los Angeles property so she can assist at a moment's notice. She also frequently pops up in magazine profiles on Clooney.

Justine Ciarrocchi went from being Jennifer Lawrence's best friend to her assistant.


J-Law and Ciarrocchi met more than four years ago, becoming fast and fierce confidants. Lawrence soon employed her as an assistant. Ciarrocchi now appears in Vogue cover stories and holds IMDb credits for "The Hunger Games," "Silver Linings Playbook," and "American Hustle."

When Lawrence was asked how she stays sane while working so much, she said, "Justine is with me. So it's kind of like, this consistent thing in my life. I'm still doing what a 23-year-old should be doing, which is hanging out with my friend and being normal."

Matt Harrell appears with his former boss Lindsay Lohan on her reality TV show.


Up until last week, Harrell managed virtually all operations in Lilo's life — quite a challenge, as the young star tries to restart her career and stay sober. The long-suffering assistant recently quit when the troubled starlet reportedly could no longer afford to pay him.

Sparks flew when the pair first met. After working just one day for Lohan in Los Angeles, they clicked and she invited him to move to New York City with her and continue working as her assistant. But those sparks quickly caught fire.

During the cross-country move, they got into a huge spat — which played out on Lohan's docu-series, "Lindsay," on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Continued bickering and lack of communication fueled the tension.

Harrell is reportedly still accompanying Lohan to do press for the show, and is hoping to get another celebrity assistant job by helping her out, post-employment. With former high-profile bosses like Prince, Shaun White, and Steven Tyler on his resume, Harrell will surely be snatched up soon.

Colin Davis turned a three-month apprenticeship into a job working under a network chairman.


After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Davis hit the career-opportunity jackpot at Fox with entry into the inaugural apprenticeship program. Each of nine participants shadowed a division head in Fox's broadcast and cable networks, and were tasked with brainstorming an original project to work on and pitch to their mentors.

Roughly halfway into the six-month apprenticeship, Davis managed to impress the network chairman, Kevin Reilly, enough to land a permanent position in his office. Reilly oversees what goes on air, and is credited with bringing "Glee" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" to Fox.


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