Beyond the red carpet: Jake Gyllenhaal’s French-Canadian impersonation and the Hello! Canada annual TIFF bash

Sep 08 2013 by
Categories : Culture

Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in Prisoners
. Photography courtesy of TIFF. Story by Sabrina Maddeaux. Sabrina Maddeaux attends a
Prisoners press conference and takes in the high society scene at the
Hello! Canada party on day two of TIFF.
Quotables: The cast of
Prisoners gave media a little insight into the film at a Warner Bros. press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel. When asked how they dealt with the film’s dark material, Hugh Jackman joked, “Afterwards, we’d drink… actually Jake was drinking during [filming], only in the morning scenes, of course!” On a more serious note, Jake Gyllenhaal admitted to struggling a little, “There were a number of times on the way to work where I could feel myself resist how dark this world was… sometimes it would panic me.” Gyllenhaal also had high praise for co-star Paul Dano, who has a series of scenes in the movie where you can only see one of his eyes. “There’s more performance in that one eye than all of us put together.” Gyllenhaal also had the press laughing with his hilarious impressions of French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. who he joked is a “great filmmaker,” but a not so great public speaker.
Check out the hottest parties after the jump!

Monika Schnarre at the Hello! Canada party. Photography courtesy of Sabrina Maddeaux.

Parties: The annual
Hello! Canada party drew out a slew of Canadian actors and socialites, as well as some of their south-of-the-border counterparts. Suzanne Rogers, Jeanne Beker, Jian Ghomeshi, David Dixon, and Ainsley Kerr (who sported a TIFF-appropriate Kate Spade popcorn tote) showed up to sip cocktails and work the room. Monika Schnarre, who just had a baby, looked fabulous in a body-hugging dress provided to her by the Style Suite. “I’m going to drink my face off, the baby’s at home,” she joked before heading right to the bar. All four members of Canadian pop-rock band Neverest (two of them new, replacing former ones who apparently just didn’t want “it” enough) were present, excited about the music video for latest single, “Rewind.”  Editor-in-Chief Alison Eastwood looked hot in a pair of Charlotte Olympia ‘Leading Lady’ sandals, but it seemed they weren’t too comfortable and she made an outfit change partway through the night (she kept on her favourite earrings by local designer Shay Lowe though!). I also caught up with Chris Siverstson, co-director of
All Cheerleaders Die, who admitted to avoiding all reviews until he can read them in the safety of his own home, preferably drunk. He also let it slip that they’d love to do a sequel to
Cheerleaders, “if the money’s right” and joked that Canadian actress Amanda Brugel, who was wearing quite the feathered frock, looked like “Cruella de Vil.” Across the room, dance floor regulars Stacey McKenzie (who was rocking some uber-cool cornrows) and Andrea Bolley boogied the night away.
OVER TO YOU Have you been to the TIFF ’13 red carpet? What TIFF ’13 films have you seen so far?
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Categories: Culture