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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Chace Crawford and Cameron Labine

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ChaceCrawford 1024x1024 Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Chace Crawford and Cameron Labine Chace Crawford joined writer Cameron Labine for a quick photo session in our studio at the Whistler Film Festival. They were in town to promote Mountain Men. Photo Evaan Kheraj

Even before Chace Crawford made his way to our photo studio at the Whistler Film Festival, his star power was felt—or at least heard. Wow…the guy’s got a commanding voice. “He’s the guy you get to just read the phone book,” remarked our fab photog Evaan Kheraj. The Gossip Girl alumni was tag-teaming with Cameron Labine, the Canadian writer of Crawford’s latest film, Mountain Men. The movie is a comedy/drama about two brothers who head into the backwoods to evict a squatter from their family cabin in the mountains. They damage their car, burn the cabin down and are left stranded. In their struggle for survival, egos and long-buried resentments get in the way.

When asked to define what it means to be a mountain man, the Texas-born actor defers to Labine—who is known for his film Control Alt Delete, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008. “To me, the mountain man isn’t the literal mountain man,” Labine explains. “It’s more the mountain man of the heart. The man who isn’t afraid to tackle life’s terrain and stand tall against the storm.” “That was a really good answer,” says Crawford. “Yes, my character has gotten caught up with being in the city. He can’t run from everything; he has to go back and face things head-on.”

Okay, time for these two to face off in our Actor’s Studio-inspired quiz.

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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Sarah Gadon

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sara gadon 2 Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Sarah GadonSarah Gadon proves she’s the Smart Girl at the Party in our photo shoot. Photo: Evaan Kheraj

The last time I met Sarah Gadon, she had just spent an entire week in bed with Jake Gyllenhaal. Okay, not really. The pair were filming scenes from the movie The Enemy and she had taken the day off to do our cover shoot. I remember thinking that being with us for the day wouldn’t be quite as thrilling.

On Friday, I had the pleasure of interviewing her again. This time, we were onstage at the “Spotlight On” series at the Whistler Film Festival, where the Toronto-born actress was being honoured for her work in film. Like with our first encounter, I soon learned that Sarah had just spent the past few weeks with another handsome man: Jamie Dornan, the star of 50 Shades of Grey. Another hard act to follow, I thought. Not surprisingly, she charmed the room with her thoughtful answers, wit and warmth. The next day, she popped into the ELLE Canada photo studio for some pics. She also took our Actor’s Studio-inspired quiz.

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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Up close and personal with Kim Cattrall

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7kim Cattralll web2 Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Up close and personal with Kim CattrallKim Cattrall in the ELLE Canada Whistler Film Festival photo studio. Photo: Evaan Kheraj

We’ve developed our own Actor’s Studio-inspired quiz for the directors, actors and writers who come into the ELLE Canada photo studio during the Whistler Film Festival. This afternoon, Kim Cattrall, who is at the festival to receive the Maverick Award, showed up for a sitting with our talented photog Evaan Kheraj. She was also celebrating the news that her series, Sensitive Skin, with Don McKellar and Bob Martin, has just been picked up for another season. “It took me eight years to get it made, so for it to be such a big hit over the summer is so gratifying. Now that it has been picked up for a second season, it’s thrilling. We’re going to take the character Davina to places where no woman has ever gone before.”

Turn to read Kim’s answers to our #WFF14 Studio Quiz, including her definition of “fun box.”

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