It’s Saturday at 10:03 a.m. You walk into your local King West coffee shop for the usual (chocolate croissant and an oat milk latte) when something infinitely more divine than Parisian pastry crosses your path. Wait, is that…?! No, it can’t be. Oh, but it is: Creed star Michael B. Jordan is standing in line ahead of you. You realize he must be in town for TIFF. You’re Jordan’s biggest fan and you’d really love a selfie with him that you can show your future children together. What do you do?
Such major celebrity sightings are commonplace during the first half of September as the Toronto International Film Festival takes over the city and stars like Jordan roll in to promote their films. This year, the Just Mercy star is expected to be joined by Hollywood royalty like Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Meryl Streep at the festival. But while it’s tempting to run over to your favourite star’s dinner table and squeeze in beside them on the banquette, famous people are human beings, too, and they would like to swallow that bite of tuna maki before indulging your selfie request, thankyouverymuch. Here’s your guide to getting the very best—and least disruptive—celebrity selfies at TIFF 2019.
1. ASK NICELY (YOUR MOM WAS RIGHT—MANNERS ARE EVERYTHING)
“Ask respectfully, and refrain from shouting,” advises Erin Richards, founder and lead publicist of Hype PR who has worked with TIFF regulars like Idris Elba, Aaron Sorkin, Jessica Chastain and Jason Sudeikis.