What REALLY Happens Behind-the-Scenes at InStyle's #TIFF13 Portrait Studio
Well, that was fun! For the past six days, several of InStyle’s editors headed up north for the Toronto International Film Festival. While there, we set up a pop-up portrait studio inside the luxurious Windsor Arms Hotel so the casts of the buzziest films could swing by and get their picture taken by seasoned photographer Henny Garfunkel (click here to see some of the portraits and check out the November issue for the full portfolio). We also kept the stars busy during their hustle-and-bustle, with options to get touch-ups by Dior Beauty, browse diamond pieces by Forevermark, learn about the charity initiative water.org and test out the newest technology in Google Glass. Yet, some of the most memorable moments happened when we were all just chatting with the more than 30 casts who came by, swapping festival survival stories and reminiscing about life since their filming wrapped.
A catch-up session that was especially smile-inducing was with the cast of August: Osage County. The on-screen family included Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Julianne Nicholson and Dermot Mulroney. (Sadly, the mother hen of the movie Meryl Streep was feeling under the weather and didn’t attend TIFF). They all swooped in at once and permeated such a warm family vibe, it covered every inch of the tiny room. "You would not expect it to be the case, but everybody is so lovely and funny and it was that way immediately,” explained Nicholson of her on-screen blood relatives, including Roberts and Lewis who play her sisters. “I feel so lucky to be a part of making this piece. I love that it’s about grown-ups. I’m not 21 anymore, and it feels exciting to see a movie about people that have their lives on their faces. That feels alive and daring.” Garfunkel didn’t have to ask twice for them to get closer for the shot you see above. After hugging in front of the camera, Lewis (in Zac Posen) turned to us and said, “When we were all cast, I went, 'I believe this!'" We did, too.
Click see more behind-the-scenes photos shot by InStyle.com’s Alex Reside from inside InStyle’s TIFF pop-up portrait studio and get more dish about the festival’s biggest stars.
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Julianne Nicholson, Julia Roberts and Juliette Lewis
The threesome play sisters in the new play-turned-movie 'August: Osage County.' At the shoot, they had that familial bond as well, hugging tightly as they posed for photographer Henny Garfunkel. "When we were all cast, I went, 'I believe this!'" Lewis (in Zac Posen) cheered of her castmates.
After Henny Garfunkel took Scarlett Johansson's portrait -- the star had three movies at TIFF: 'Under the Skin,' 'Don Jon' and 'Her' -- the photographer showed off the Polaroids she had taken of each of her celebrity subjects during the festival, Johansson included.
Jessica Chastain and Olivia Wilde
"Well, Hello Jessica!" Olivia Wilde (in Marios Schwab) said as she greeted her pal Jessica Chastain (in Dolce & Gabbana) in the studio. The two did not expect to see each other -- they both have different movies at the festival -- so it was a surprise encounter. Chastain was there to promote 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,' while Wilde was in for 'Third Person' and 'Rush.'
The Cast of 'Third Person'
Jack Huston and Daniel Radcliffe
The stars of 'Kill Your Darlings' gave each other bro hugs before going into their studio shoot.
The French actress epitomized French fashion when she strolled in our studio in her Saint Laurent jacket (she changed into a Maxime Simoens white jacket for her shoot) with her 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' co-star Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Metallica and Dane DeHaan
Dane DeHaan, the 27-year-old star of 'Metallica: Through the Never,' rolled in with his Metallica cast-mates, including Robert Trujillo, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. "Here in Toronto, people are really friendly and great and warm," Ulrich said of his TIFF experience. "There’s no negative energy, it’s very positive." Would he ever consider a more permanent stay? "Yes. Hockey and healthcare, what more could you want?"
Anika Noni Rose
Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto
Before the TIFF premiere of 'Dallas Buyers Club,' the cast posed for a shot by Henny Garfunkel at the Hudson Kitchen. "Get closer!" the photographer urged, as the three squeezed together for this pretty shot. After, the fierce threesome -- who garnered big Oscar buzz following the premiere -- headed upstairs to enjoy a dinner hosted by editors of InStyle, along with Focus Features, Remstar Films and Max Mara.