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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Sarah Gadon

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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Sarah Gadon

sara_gadon_2Sarah 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. Find out who she’d push off a chairlift. F irst off, do you ski? “I don’t ski! I’m such a bad, bad Canadian!” Who would be your ideal chairlift partner? Who would you push off? “I’m not a murderer! I don’t want to kill anyone, but there are people I would like to give a little nudge to, and I would definitely nudge Jian Ghomeshi. Beside me, I would like to see my boyfriend. I travel so much and I never get to see him.” What is your favourite ski film? “I can’t even think of one.” What’s your go-to swear word when you fall on the hill in front of children and when there’s no one around? “My go-to word is fuck. I wouldn't be able to think of anything else.” Do you know what the following ski- and snowboard-related terms mean? Durometer: “The durometer is a device used to measure the plasticity of your ski boots. And although I don’t ski, I have a vast vocabulary, so I actually know the meaning of that word.” (D ef: A measure of the hardness of a resin. Used to rate flexibility in snow boots.) Editor's note: Sarah may have received a little coaching on this topic beforehand. Pit zip: “It’s when you haven’t shaved your arm pits and you need to do it quickly because you met a guy on the hill and you’re going to some chalet and you have no idea what’s going to happen, so you do a pit zip just in case.” (Def: A zipper under the arm in a ski jacket that lets cold air in.) Fun box: “It’s too inappropriate for me to tell you about!” (Def: The box snowboarders use to slide across.) READ MORE: Kim Cattrall takes the ELLE Canada photo studio quiz at Whistler Our cover-shoot interview with Sarah Gadon Our coverage of this year's Whistler Film Festival 2014      
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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Sarah Gadon