With the possibility of a run-in with ex-husband Brad Pitt hanging in the air, some doubted that Jennifer Aniston would show her face at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
But Jen proved the naysayers wrong when she showed up looking radiant and sexy in front of hundreds of fans gathered outside the Isabel Bader Theatre on Sunday for the premiere of her new film, Management.
“I love this movie!” she gushed. “I love my fans, and that’s all I care about!” And by all accounts, during the happily single star’s visit to Canada, her ex-husband was the last thing on her mind.
The city was definitely big enough for both of them — especially since Jen and Brad were only in Toronto at the same time for 12 hours. As Jen was arriving in Toronto and checking into her hotel on Saturday, Brad had already attended the premiere for his new Coen brothers film Burn After Reading and was going to dinner with friends at Italian hot spot Sotto.
The evening turned out to be quite low-key, with no run-ins between the two. Brad flew out of Toronto on Sunday, thus avoiding any possibility of confrontation with Jen and letting her have the limelight.
And shine she did! Later that evening, with the hurdle of bumping into Brad behind her, a glowing Jen dined with her Management co-star Steve Zahn at the restaurant Lobby, before heading off to their premiere.
Toronto capped off an exciting week for the actress, who has been throwing herself into her work with renewed vigor. Just days before she attended the festival, Jen was busy filming scenes for her guest spot on 30 Rock in NYC.
“I just had the time of my life,” Jen said of her 30 Rock stint. “The cast welcomed me with open arms, and it was so good.”
In fact, Jen’s cheerful mood carried over that week to Toronto, where the normally press-shy star opened up to discuss love and men.
“In order to let love in, you’ve got to really surrender control, you know?” Jen told OK!. “And that’s hard for some people. You’ve got to make sure it makes you feel good.”
For more about Jen and Brad’s time in Toronto and Jen on the set of 30 Rock, pick up the new issue of OK! on sale Thursday.