#SPOTTED: ELLEN WONG OF “THE CARRIE DIARIES” IN TORONTO
Scarborough’s own Ellen Wong (no relation) recently received a significant profile boost landing a starring role on Sex and the City Prequel The Carrie Diaries as Carrie Bradshaw‘s (AnnaSophia Robb) BFF, Mouse. Prior to that, she had also starred as Knives Chau in Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in 2010, gaining cult notoriety as the Girl whose heart was broken harshly by Michael Cera‘s Pilgrim.
The adorabl(er) Wong was just in-town earlier this month doing Press for the newly-launched Series which can be seen in Canada on City and The CW in the U.S.. Although she is busy filming The Carrie Diaries in New York City right now where she also is living, she’s back in her Hometown just this weekend and of all places I spotted her on the TTC this afternoon. “You look so familiar”, she tells me after I say drop a quick “hi”. I had her guessing until finally she narrowed it down: “I might’ve seen you in Interviews or something before…”. She just might be right!
Wong, learned grew-up just blocks from me in Scarborough and she used to visit my old area often apparently as she loved visiting the Zoo, which was minutes from my Parent’s Home! Although she isn’t on Twitter just yet, I reminded her that with the exploding popularity of The Carrie Diaries, the Fans may just soon demand it. The Crowd of Girls forming around Wong on the Train who were unable to contain their excitement, for one would love the idea!
The youthful Actress tells me she fell in-love with Sex and the City this past Summer when she caught-up with all six seasons of the iconic HBO Series in preprartion for her Role. Without giving anything away, she hints that there definitely will be more juiciness to come of Mouse‘s budding relationship with Seth (Kyle Harris).
The Carrie Diaries can be seen on City on Monday nights at 10:00 PM EST.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong/CW)
#SPOTTED: ALLISON WILLIAMS IN TORONTO FOR HBO’S “GIRLS”
“Of the Cast, I think she’s most likely to have a long, lasting Film Career”, The National Post‘s Shinan Govani whispers into my ear. The “she” whom he is referring to of course is Allison Williams, Star of HBO‘s hotly-buzzed Series Girls, which sees a DVD/Blu-ray release next week – getting a bit of Promo here in Toronto. Govani hosted an intimate In-Conversation-With in the east-end of the City tonight with the stunning Actress, who happens to be the Daughter of NBC Anchor Brian Williams and also a Graduate of Yale herself.
Williams who arrived fashionably late understandably after a jam-packed day of Press which had her visit CBC, Corus and also MuchMusic for an appearance on New.Music.Live, looked nothing short of breathtaking. Every eye in the room was glued to the Beauty, who plays the role of Marnie on the Emmy-nominated Series, penned/produced/acted by It-Girl Lena Dunham.
Fame had to wait for Williams, whose Parents insisted that she completed her Studies before entering Show Business, telling us “College delayed my attempts at the Industry. I’m lucky and grateful.”. On her new-found Fame, she admits that she is still grappling with that. “No matter what age you are, it’s really tough”, says Williams. “What happens is this twist where people refer to me by my Character name – which is weird, but really isn’t considering the nature of my work”. As well, she is flattered by the Sex and the City comparisons which Girls receives much criticism for – a matter which Govani pointed-out right away as being the “Elephant in the Room”.
She reveals that she feels an instant connection to Fans who tell her they too are a “Marnie“, because she understands truly what that means. Williams however, wouldn’t give-away too many details about whether or not Marnie and Dunham‘s Hannah will reconcile their Friendship in the forthcoming second season of the Series. “I will say though that love is never lost”, she hints with tact as HBO Executives watched carefully.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Williams quickly, answering the one single question on everyone’s mind. And yes, she confirms to me that her stunning Red Dress is in fact by Oscar de la Renta. Truly down-to-earth and well-spoken, we chatted about the amazing selection of Music heard on Girls and she tells me, “Oh, Lena normally has say over that, but I might have helped get songs by Robyn and Ellie Goulding in”.
Season One of HBO‘s Girls is in-stores on DVD/Blu-ray on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Season Two of the Series premieres on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: DAVID EIGENBERG IN TORONTO FOR “CHICAGO FIRE”
Flying into Toronto last night to promote hotly-tipped new Series Chicago Fire, David Eigenberg definitely is a familiar face to a generation of Women. Known widely for his work on HBO‘s Sex and the City as Bartender/Husband of Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Steve Brady, the Actor was out and about doing Press at the Shaw Media Building. Just last night he made an appearance on newly-launched Entertainment Tonight Canada Live.
Noticing his hair looked noticeably-improved after this Snap on Twitter the other day, Eigenberg had a good chuckle at my comment, stopping for a quick Photo. Great Guy.
The Chicago Native is cast perfectly (and conveniently) in the Drama Series set in his Hometown, premiering next Wednesday at 10:00 PM on NBC and Global Television. As an aside, Taylor Kinney (Boyfriend of Lady Gaga) stars in the Series!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)