For some, like myself, the Toronto International Film Festival is about the films. For others, it’s about seeing the celebrities.
Back before I started writing about movies and became the hardcore movie nerd I am now, I couldn’t afford to do much at TIFF. So I went down to see if I could meet any actors I was a fan of. It was a lot easier to have somewhat of an interaction with your favourite actors before TIFF became a festival mainstay, and sometimes you just needed to be walking down the right street at the right time for it to happen.
For those hoping to “bump” into their favourite celebs, let me give you some hope with my top five TIFF celebrity encounters:
I had gone to dinner with some friends after spending the day at the festival. As we were leaving the restaurant, this black SUV pulled up beside us and out came Anne Hathaway. She was at the festival promoting Rachel Getting Married (2008) and I asked for a picture. The beautiful photo above that is of stellar quality was the result. She was really sweet.
The Big G was in town two years ago for her film Thanks For Sharing. There were a lot of people and I wasn’t really going to go. Luckily I did anyways because she was really great. I threw up the Roc Nation sign and screamed, “ROC NATION FOR LIFE!” as she was coming through the tent behind Ryerson University (where they host TIFF screenings). She asked who said it and I said it was me and we laughed. Above is the proof of the laughs.
This was actually a bad encounter. He had come here for his movie It’s A Funny Kind of Story (2010) and, at the time, I was a big fan. Super excited. I even missed Emma Stone at the festival premiere of Easy A for this guy. He made his way down the red carpet… and then passed by all the fans with six security in tow. Oh, alright, Galifianakis.
More and more Saturday Night Live cast members have been coming to TIFF in the last few years — Kristen Wiig was one of them. She was here for the comedy-drama Girl Most Likely two years ago. I had planned a lot of stuff about her SNL characters to say her, and while I don’t remember what I actually said, we laughed.
I don’t have a picture of this happening but trust me, it did. Having starred in Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air, George showed up at TIFF in 2010 with a broken wrist. Naturally, because it was George Clooney, there were a lot of people waiting for him. Like a lot. Again, he had a broken wrist, but the man signed every single thing that was put in front of him and couldn’t have been nicer.