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MandyMoore,CamilaMendes,MiloVentimigla,AmandaSeyfried&moreatPOPSUGARPlay/Ground2019-Day1

Judith Davis
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Mandy Moore, Camila Mendes, Milo Ventimigla, Amanda Seyfried & more at POPSUGAR Play/Ground 2019 - Day 1

The 2nd annual POPSUGAR Play/Ground kicked off today, June 22, at Pier 94 in NYC with Mandy Moore, Camila Mendes, Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, and many more. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 22: Britt Stephens attends the POPSUGAR Play/ground at Pier 94 on June 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for POPSUGAR and Reed Exhibitions )

Day one of the two-day festival featured dynamic panel conversations, inspiring workout classes, activations from some of today’s hottest lifestyle brands, and a giant “playground” where festival goers could hang out, swing and pose under a POPSUGAR rainbow.

After a welcoming intro from Lisa Sugar, POPSUGAR’s Founder and President, during which she told the crowd that this year’s festival aimed “to inspire creativity and motivation,” guests were treated to an invigorating workout class from Tone It Up co-founders Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott.

Katrina Scott, Karena Dawn and Monica Jones during the POPSUGAR Play/ground at Pier 94 on June 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for POPSUGAR and Reed Exhibitions )

The morning was rounded out by an uplifting panel, “Power Your Evolution,” which saw actress Mandy Moore get candid about failure and nerves in a discussion moderated by her This Is Us co-star Susan Kelechi Watson. When asked about her most memorable auditions, Moore recalled, “Mamma Mia. I remember auditioning for that . . . I totally bombed the audition. Crazy, Stupid, Love — totally bombed that audition, too.” Of where the next season of fan-favorite This is Us is going, Moore shared, “There is a big surprise in that first episode that people are not going to see coming. We get to live back in Jack and Rebecca’s early ‘70s days after they come back to Pittsburgh from their road trip in California. . . It’s the land of hats and fun ‘70s jewelry.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 22: (L-R) Nico Tortorella, Alicia Garza, Anthony Ramos, Brad Goreski, Carmen Carrera and David Burtka participate in "Power Your Pride" panel discussion during the POPSUGAR Play/ground at Pier 94 on June 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for POPSUGAR and Reed Exhibitions )

The day continued with another This Is Us star, Milo Ventimiglia, and actress Amanda Seyfried, who appear together in the upcoming film The Art of Racing in the Rain, about which Ventimiglia said, “It’s a really, really beautiful film. I’m in the business of tears. I cried a little bit.” Ventimiglia and Seyfried discussed their film at the Samsung Soul Space, and were also joined by adoptable puppies (yes - real puppies!) as part of a partnership with the Best Friends Animal Society. Seyfried shared, “I flaunt my dog, I was probably a dog in my past lives. Behind the scenes, it was all about how to stay away from dogs….if you don’t jive with my dogs, you’re out of here.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 22: Amanda Seyfried attends the POPSUGAR Play/ground at Pier 94 on June 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for POPSUGAR and Reed Exhibitions )

The spirit of Pride Month was alive with a panel hosted by charitable partner GLAAD bringing together some of the biggest voices in the LGBTQ+ community: Nico Tortorella (Actor, Younger), Alicia Garza (Principal and Founder, Black Futures Lab), Carmen Carrera (RuPaul's Drag Race), Brad Goreski (fashion stylist and TV personality), David Burtka (actor and chef) and GLAAD Director of Talent Engagement,Anthony Ramos, who led the conversation.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 22: A view of the GLAAD booth during the POPSUGAR Play/ground at Pier 94 on June 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for POPSUGAR and Reed Exhibitions )

Other key moments from the festival’s first day featured some of Hollywood’s biggest young stars; Riverdale star Camila Mendes sat for a discussion about empowering one’s own confidence.  Mendes said, “It’s scary [being on social media] because. . . You can delete your post, but it’s everywhere. You’ll never escape the choices you make.”  And Sydney Sweeney (HBO’s Euphoria), Peyton List, (Disney Channel’sJessie), Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars) joined forces for a panel entitled “Being Your Own Role Model.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 22: Alicia Garza speaks on stage during the POPSUGAR Play/ground at Pier 94 on June 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for POPSUGAR and Reed Exhibitions )

Additional participating talent included: Cindi Leive (journalist); Stacey Bendet (CEO, Creative Director of Alice + Olivia); Cynthia Rowley (designer), Kit Keenan (entrepreneur);  Jenny Mollen (author and actress), Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik (Almost 30 Podcast); Candice Huffine (model and designer), Chyna Rae (trainer, TONE IT UP); Sadie Lincoln (Founder & CEO, barre3); and more. 


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 22: Liz Chestang and Sarah Grooms conduct Obe Fitness class during the POPSUGAR Play/ground at Pier 94 on June 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for POPSUGAR and Reed Exhibitions )


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