Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got in on the glitzy TIFF action on Monday (Sept. 10) as he made a surprise appearance at the after-party for Ryan Gosling‘s new film, First Man.
Following the lead of many actors on the red carpet in a navy suit and white shirt casually unbuttoned at the top, the two leading men caught up at Patria before parting ways. Justin was in Toronto for the women’s summit, during which he spoke about the #MeToo movement and helping women succeed in the workplace.
The 46-year-old made quite the entrance with full security in tow, stopping on the patio where Ryan came out to greet him. The two chatted for a few minutes before leaving the party about ten minutes apart. Aside from Ryan’s new film, directed by Oscar winner Damien Chazelle and in which he plays Neil Armstrong, the two had plenty to talk about. Both are fathers – Justin has three children with wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Ryan has two daughters with actress Eva Mendes – and they’re both feminists.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 24, 2017
In a 2016 interview with GQ, the Canadian actor was asked about his Hey Girl memes and why he’d become this tongue-in-cheek feminist icon, and he said he thinks it has a lot to do with being Canadian. “I mean, look at Trudeau. He’s doing a lot of things, but things that are kind of natural parts of being Canadian. I don’t think Canada is as shocked by what Trudeau is doing as the rest of the world is.” When asked by Vox about those same memes, Justin said he’d seen them and would absolutely allow himself to be the subject of a feminist meme (“Hey Girl, I may be dreamy but Canada has a long way to go in eliminating the wage gap.”. The PM also tweeted at Ryan in 2017 congratulating him on his Oscar nomination for La La Land.
Justin was in Toronto to discuss issues that are close to his heart in his second year appearing at the Women in the World Canada summit, this time with Katie Couric and IMF manager Christine Lagarde. The trio talked the value to the global economy of giving women the opportunity to hold top positions in one of a number of panel discussions this week. Others include actress Mira Sorvino and author Gillian Flynn, whose book Widows was made into a star-studded film that premiered at TIFF on Saturday (Sept.8).
By Jen Kirsch and Jessica Pollack