The war cry last night was “ACTRA Gets Loose”! And judging by all the happy smiling faces on the glammed-up guests, all members of Toronto’s acting elite and film industry pro’s had a blast at the Hangloose Media Studios!
My photographer, Gabriella Luchetta, and I arrived early to check out the studios and Gabs made a bee-line for the yummy candy buffet…We were introduced to the charming Fode Bangoura (below), ACTRA member and our “minder” for the night. Isn’t he handsome?I, of course, had to try making an entrance on the red carpet prior to all the celebs….Organized by 3 groups within the ACTRA organization (Young Emerging Actors Assembly, Diversity and Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee), my access to the party was thanks to Sarena Parmar (below) who Gabs snapped just before she disappeared to change into her party gear.First to arrive was Art Hindle, one of Canada’s great film and TV actors and, who I’m slightly embarrassed to admit, was one of my “crushes” in the 80’s when he starred in the hit TV series, E.N.G. Here he is (below) with his lovely wife Brooke, and the hosts of SiriusXM’s What She Said, Kate Wheeler and Christine Bentley (bottom pic) Then Kate grabbed Art for a quick interview (below)…And then it all started – so many beautiful ladies in their finest party frocks…so many handsome men all spit’n’polished ready for their close-ups.
And the stunning Amanda S (below) set all hearts a-flutter in this sexy red gown…Here is the dashing trio of Jack Newman, Julian Richings & John Nelles – betcha you’ve seen their faces in numerous films and TV spots….now you know their names!Cute-as-a-button actor Ally Williams (below) arrived in this gorgeous yellow silk number, and she even brought her dress designer, Azalea Yang, with her.
I got a chance to meet other media reps working the red carpet – here’s Ruzanna of ForFilmsSake.comAnd here I meet actor Shanti Dhore and her beautiful daughter Leila who is also an actor.And the young lady who owns every TIFF red carpet these days…the amazing and talented actor/producer Katie Boland (below)
I even managed to find a fan of my own, too!Here’s Cristina Rosato with her gorgeous date…And here’s super elegant Talia Schlanger wearing a dress by Hilary Macmillan and necklace by Atelier Bymm Actor Simu Liu (Omega, Nikita) brought his pretty date and promoted his upcoming TV series “Blood and Water”Lots more pics to post, so check back later for Pt. II. In the interim, am sending out a big thanks to the ladies of 20Twenty Artistry for keeping us all pretty and fresh faced throughout the night.