Chatting with the Stars

One on one's with TIFF's hottest stars

Today was packed with interviews. First up? Superstar Canadian director Xavier Dolan. He’s barely in his twenties and he’s already written, directed and starred in two critically acclaimed features, I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats. And, he has a third project in the works, which he told me will be a transsexual relationship drama. A bit of trivia? Dolan said that the film Death in Venice not only changed his life, but inspired him to become a director.

Next up, was some one on one time with a Viktor and Rolf clad Rosamund Pike. This British beauty has two films at the festival, Made in Dagenham and Barney’s Version. She described the latter project as being an absolute dream come true. Fingers crossed the hype surrounding the film continues to build and turn into Oscar momentum.

My next interview was with the drop dead gorgeous Freida Pinto. She’s also at the festival with two films—Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Julian Schnabel’s Miral. In case you didn’t spot them on the red carpet together here in Toronto, she confirmed that her and her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel are still very much together. It’s definitely been a whirlwind couple of hears for this rising star. When asked what made her decide to become an actor in the first place she said that it was Charlize Theron’s performance in Monster that sealed the deal.

Last, but certainly not least was the super hunky Scott Speedman. Good news for all those ladies out there who haven’t stopped crushing on Speedman since his Felicity days is that he’s heading to theatres near you with two films—Good Neighbours and Barneys Version. The former is a quirky thriller starring fellow Canucks Emily Hampshire (who told me she’ll be wearing Andy The Ahn to tonight’s premiere) and Jay Baruchel. The latter flick, in my opinion, is Speedman’s best work to date. It also happens to be one of my favourite flicks this festival.