While my fave thing to do during TIFF is watching as many movies as I can squeeze into my schedule, going to celeb-studded film after parties is a close second. This past Sunday, I got a chance to do both! After watching the latest Drake Doremus film Endings, Beginnings starring Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, and Sebastian Stan, my friend Sharon and I attended the film’s after party hosted by HUGO BOSS at downtown’s Montecito restaurant. The film, about a woman torn between two very different men was right up my alley – in the infamous words of Stefan – it had EVERYTHING: a complex female protagonist, steamy romance, gorgeous scenery, drool-worthy wardrobe, and of course, two of the hottest leading men in the industry. So just imagine our excitement when we found ourselves feet away from these men (and Shailene) later at the HUGO BOSS party, trying (and failing) to keep our cool.
After a round of pinball, a couple of ginger beers, quick hellos to friends and acquaintances, and what felt like an eternity of getting up the courage to chat up the stars in attendance, we inched our way closer to Sebastian Stan until we were standing back-to-back with the Winter Soldier himself. Another eternity later, a glass of red wine in his hand, Sebastian was grilling us on our thoughts about the movie, admitting that after several TIFFs he still hasn’t really seen Toronto properly, and being very tight-lipped about his upcoming MCU show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, revealing only that the story is going to be “complex and incredible” (can’t wait!). Stan was understandably jet-lagged after his morning flight from London, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying the party, and being very generous with his time. As I shared on Instagram, meeting your fave celebs isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be, but I walked away from our quick interaction with Sebastian a true stan.
Meanwhile, Jamie Dornan, just behind Sebastian, was chatting with Soho House Toronto’s Markus Anderson and publicist Evelyn Karamanos, keeping to his corner of the VIP, and Shailene Woodley, having taken off her oversized denim jacket, was all smiles nearby, swaying to the music, and taking photos with delighted attendees. Drake Doremus, Lindsay Sloane, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Shamier Anderson were also working the room, everyone in great spirits. And that’s the thing about this beautiful cast…they all seemed to genuinely like each other, with Dornan professing his adoration of Stan’s character in the post-film Q&A, telling the giddy audience that while watching the film, he “fell deeply, madly in love with Sebastian Stan”. Same, Jamie, same.
More photos after the jump!