The Stars of the Toronto International Film Festival: Exclusive Portraits
The Toronto International Film Festival officially ends today. To wrap up what has been ten days of premieres, screenings, cast Q&As and parties, may we present InStyle’s take -- portraits of stars in the most buzzworthy films. We sent seasoned photographer Henny Garfunkel up to set up a pop-up photo studio inside the Windsor Arms Hotel, where she shot photographs of stars in over 40 films at the festival, including Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis of August: Osage County and Olivia Wilde of Third Person. Scarlett Johansson had three films there -- Under the Skin, Her and Don Jon -- an incentive that led her to make her first return to TIFF in ten years, and her first-ever appearance in InStyle’s portrait studio. “It’s nice to be back,” she told Senior Entertainment Editor Karen Levy. “It’s a nice festival. The city is well-equipped for a festival of this size." Her favorite part? "It’s also not so crowded each place. It’s big enough that you feel like you can still get a restaurant reservation,” she joked. Click to see more photographs by Henny Garfunkel and what the stars had to say about their new films.
Scarlett Johansson of 'Under the Skin,' 'Don Jon' and 'Her'
The actress’s appearance at TIFF was her first in a decade. “It’s nice to be back,” she said. “It’s a nice festival. The city is well-equipped for a festival of this size. It’s also not so crowded each place. It’s big enough that you feel like you can still get a restaurant reservation.”
Julianne Nicholson, Julia Roberts and Juliette Lewis of 'August: Osage County'
The three ladies in this beautiful trio play sisters in the play-turned-film ‘August: Osage County.’ “Everybody is so lovely and funny and it was that way immediately,” said Nicholson. “It probably started with Julia and her openness and excitement about doing the movie.”
Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto of 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Garner was excited to have a night with her co-stars that was more jovial than the intense filming process. (McConaughey and Leto each lost a lot of weight for their roles in the movie.) “It was very focused,” she said. “These guys were doing something so hard and that asked so much from them that I didn’t want to take extra energy by being goofy or silly. We really put our head down and did our work.”
Olivia Wilde of 'Third Person' and 'Rush'
After a day of promoting ‘Rush’ at TIFF, Olivia Wilde hit the rounds again to support her role in the new Paul Haggis (director of ‘Crash’) film, ‘Third Person.’ Of her role, she said it was one of the most challenging of her career. "I didn’t think I was going to get through it,” she reflected. “It took a lot out of me. I was working harder than I’ve ever worked. I was just turning myself inside out every day.”
Mila Kunis of 'Third Person'
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy of 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her and Him'
Felicity Jones of 'The Invisible Woman'
Saiorse Ronan of 'How I Live Now'
Michael C. Hall, Dane DeHaan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston and John Krokidas of 'Kill Your Darlings'
The cast of the beat generation film 'Kill Your Darlings' and its director (Krokidas) swung by and brought a feel-good attitude into the studio. It's the same feeling they had while filming, DeHaan explained. "Everyone was really great, it’s always fun to work with peers and people your age that are doing this for all the right reasons," he explained. "Everyone got along really well, we had a really good time."
Mia Wasikowska of 'Tracks,' 'Only Lovers Left Alive' and 'The Double'
Thandie Newton of 'Half of a Yellow Sun'
Elizabeth Olsen of 'Therese'
"It really keeps your attention the whole time, which I think is kind of a shocker for a period film," she said of her film, 'Therese,' which is set in 1860s Paris. "It’s not as pretty, made up as you would imagine a period piece to be. It is messy."
Idris Elba and Naomie Harris of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'
The pair's chemistry is as palpable in this photo as much as it is on screen, as they play husband and wife Nelson and Winnie Mandela in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.' "It definitely helped me having someone who you’re working with who’s fantastic as Idris is," Harris said.
Zac Efron of 'Parkland'
In 'Parkland,' the actor stars as the resident doctor who works in the hospital JFK visits on the day of his assassination. "It was fun using all of the doctor’s equipment that was from yesteryear," he said. "It all looked like torture devices."
Lupita Nyong'o of '12 Years a Slave'
"Everything in that movie gives me a great sense of pride," said Lupita Nyong'o of her work on '12 Years a Slave,' one of the most talked-about movies of the festival. She glowed in the studio wearing Katie Ermilio cerulean blue pants and Wanderluster earrings.
Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand and Kathryn Hahn of 'Bad Words'
Tom Felton of 'Therese' and 'Belle'
Tom Felton revealed he found a friend on set in his 'Therese' co-star Elizabeth Olsen. "Her and my girlfriend seem to be best friends now, which is cool," he remarked.
Alicia Vikander of 'The Fifth Estate' and 'Hotell'
Jeremy Irvine of 'The Railway Man'
Colin Firth of 'The Railway Man'
Bitsie Tulloch of 'Parkland'
The most surprising element of 'Parkland' for Bitsie Tulloch? "The crazy thing about it is that it is so gripping. And we know the outcome - it’s not like you don’t know JFK is going to die - but you’re totally, especially in the hospital room scenes, you’re just like, ‘No, come on, just make it.'