Another event to keep an eye out for Darren at during TIFF: Grey Goose at Soho House is hosting a party for Imogene :
As films compete at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival for prizes and Oscar buzz, hot spots will battle to attract hordes of Hollywood types in need of parties north of the border. Soho House is launching its permanent Toronto club by hosting soirees with Grey Goose for films starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kristen Wiig and Robert De Niro.
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Actor Darren Criss at Variety Studio presented by Moroccanoil on Day 1 at Holt Renfrew, Toronto during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada
[HQ] TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Actors Mae Whitman and Darren Criss attend the official party for the cast of ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ hosted by vitaminwater during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada
Well, my parents are here, so excuse my French, but it was pretty fucking cool! Um, you know when you are growing up hoping to be an actor or an artist of any kind, you have certain people that you admire and that you kind of have a, you know, a wish in the back of your mind, How cool would it be if I did a movie with, pftt, I don’t know, Annette Bening? That’d be wackadoo!
Of course, you know, Kristen, and I was a big Broadway fan so I was a big fan of Chris [Fitzgerald’s] before I met him— Everybody else, I didn’t really care about.
No, that’s not true at all, I was familiar with basically almost everybody’s work, which actually is kinda rare, because I don’t know a whole lot about pop culture and people who are amazing. But I did know these guys, and it was a thrill to say the least, and I tried to say that to all of you as much as I could. I was a huge fan, so— As people who know me know, I’m just a big fan and got really lucky, so don’t tell them, because I don’t want them to kick me out.
[Repeating the fan question] So this is my first feature film, and what was it like to work with such an illustrious cast? Um, it was nothing short of absolutely incredible, I mean it sort of speaks for itself, such talented people here, and I don’t want to turn this into a praise fest, but I feel like it was sort of that on set every day. It’s, it’s an absolute privilege.
I tell a story that, um, when any time Annette was around—I was going back and forth between LA and NY every other day shooting an episode and then coming here, I mean to NY. I was exhausted all the time and there were times where I would be catching up on sleep in my trailer, and I’d wake myself up, like, What am I doing? Annette Bening and Matt Dillon are doing a scene, like, two blocks away from me! So I got my shit together and I’d sit there and watch it. Man, in college, if you had told me that I could have a free—or paid—master class—
[Shari interjects, “It was pretty much free.” and the audience laughs.]
—It was pretty much free, exactly, but I wasn’t, you know, paying tuition for this master class, I would have freaked out. So I made sure to get every bit of knowledge I could from everybody. Cast, crew, every single person is a very professional, skilled, talented artist, from the top down to the bottom, from the writing to, to everything. It was amazing, I couldn’t have had a better experience, and I would, I would do anything to do another film with these two directors, so, um, it was—I got very lucky, to say the least. I could go on forever, but I’ll spare you the novel.
Darren Criss answers a fan question at the Q&A following the second TIFF screening of Imogene. [source]
Our next actor is celebrating his first role in a feature film, he, prior to that, was in a very little, unknown television show that people might have heard of, called Glee. He also has a few fans, he’s working on building up the fan thing. Anyway, he’s the incredible and multi-talented Darren Criss!
Darren Criss was also [at the party] and apparently enjoyed the Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktails so much, he had to run back inside after the event had cleared out to visit the facilities before jumping in the car. Smart move. Downtown gridlock during TIFF is the worst.
Darren Criss at the Soho House Grey Goose party to celebrate the Imogene premiere. [s]