You better be ready for this jelly because the celebrity meet-cute heavens opened wide at last night’s Hudson Bay Company party for A Place Beyond the Pines at AME. Between myself and editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra, we had Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Kristen Wiig in our clutches and the world could not have felt more balanced.
But let’s get acquainted with the soiree particulars: As waiters in Hudson Bay striped T-shirts passed hors d’oeuvres and bubbly, the stars (which also included Bradley Cooper, no big deal), the Bay’s big wigs Bonnie Brooks and Suzanne Timmins and a tight-knit group of editors and gossip experts—which included National Post’s Shinan Govani and Nathalie Atkinson, eTalk’s Elaine Lui and the Toronto Star’s Derrick Chetty—held court at the back of the lavish club.
Eva Mendes sat perched, looking truly resplendent in a black and grey lace-y Dolce & Gabbana dress, chandelier earrings and pointed black heels. Complete with half-turban headpiece, the actress looked as if to be plucked straight from the duo’s Sicilian-inspired Fall 2012 collection. After ordering a cocktail/Red Bull/water with one breath, Eva Mendes and I shared our love for the collection, turbans, and Ryan Gosling (okay, that last one never happened).
As the group buzzed about, Bernadette Morra was whizzed over to meet Ryan Gosling/The Goz, who wore a striped brown suit and a white high collared button down. “He held my hand, looked me straight in the eye and told me he was honoured to be photographed with me. That performance alone deserves an Oscar. He had me convinced he actually meant it,” she reported back.
And, speaking of Oscar-worthy performances, Kristen Wiig, had me convinced we were best friends for the night. Partly because she said those exact words, partly because she ended a conversation with Ryan Gosling to continue talking to me (kinda), but mostly because she told me I was funny. (Let me repeat: The funniest woman on earth thought I was funny!) First she suggested we get to know each other better by simply staring at each other blankly while sipping champagne. “The best conversation I’ve had all TIFF!” she said. However, it was when I told her an inside joke I share with my best friend that the “You’re funny!” part came in. So, sorry best friend: that joke is between me and Kristin Wiig now. (KWig + Rberg = Kberg?)
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