He's a “dreamboat,” Dominic West was saying about Joshua Jackson. “Why anyone would leave him for an older guy, I don't know!”
And yet, this is precisely what happens on Showtime's hot, new drama, The Affair: Joshua's character cuckolded by Dominic's. Credulity may be upended, but it's done with rare narrative swagger. The 10-parter – my pick for best new show of the fall season – was being celebrated the other night in New York City. Following a screening of the first episode, the actors bolted for a cozy party held at Pier 81's North River Lobster Company. Diane Kruger – the Canadian's longtime sweetie – joined. So, too, guests such as Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Dominic West and Anna Wintour
Conversations passing in the night, no doubt? For one, Josh's ability to hold forth on a saddle - his character is seen riding horses in the trailer. According to Ruth Wilson, the woman caught in the tug between Josh and Dominic in the series, “he's a great horseback rider.”
Conversation – from my point of view – is precisely what The Affair will inevitably be causing, with its knotty he said/she said structure, every episode of the show split in half, accordingly. Set in Montauk, and exploring ideas of fidelity and memory, there's a crime at the centre of the show, and the two leads – Ruth and Dominic – are relaying their own narratives to a detective. Are they fudging their stories? Lying to themselves? It's a psychological puzzle, let's just say. Or, as Josh likes to say in interviews, “It's a lean-forward show. Not a sit-back show.”
One thing we can also always depend on, in terms of a lean-forward spectacle? That would be Josh and his lady, Diane, making for a sparkling pairing at these sort of things. Together for eight years – 140 years in Hollywood time – they do good red carpet, alright.
Waris Ahluwalia and Mila Mulroney
Nicole Kidman can turn it on a dime, I learned the other night, at a dinner hosted by Jimmy Choo in Toronto. With a who's who of social A-listers gathered at one long table inside a suite in the Four Seasons residences, the conversation on my side of the table turned, at one point, to Nicole's recent advertisements for the luxury brand, during which an insider with the company spilled a little about her process. “Who do you want me to be?” Nicole apparently asked when she arrived to do the shoot. When some suggestions were made – a '60s-era Bridget Bardot, say – Nicole turned inwards for a bit, and then instantly “transformed,” body language-wise. “Like a magician,” I was told.
The week's toniest dinner, by the way, was held to mark the arrival, at long last, of Jimmy Choo in Canada: the first store was officially launched that night at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Starting with a dinner guest list that included Waris Ahluwalia - the style arbiter who is also one of Wes Anderson's muses - as well as fashion duo Joe and Kim Mimran, Suits actress Meghan Markle and her chef-beau Cory Vitiello, heiress Alexandra Weston, haute decorator Colette van den Thillart, Flare editor-in-chief Cameron Williamson, etc. The spread? It was one that began with a pear carpaccio and ended with an all-out chocolate bomb.
Mila Mulroney, one of the honoured guests, was all Choo-ed up and particularly charming when I got to talking to her about the loss of comic-legend Joan Rivers. She was a good friend of both her and husband, Brian Mulroney, the former Prime Minister. “Too soon,” Mila told me.