This Toronto Woman & Her 71-Year-Old Mom Have Been Celeb Sighting At TIFF For Over 20 Years

Typically household bonding time could be a spherical of Monopoly. Different instances it may be taking a selfie with Hugh Jackman.

Rebecca Lester, a 47-year-old Toronto social employee, and her 71-year-old mom Nancy Lester each wished to be film stars, however settled on assembly them collectively as a substitute.

The mother-daughter duo have been attending the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant (TIFF) and movie star sighting for nearly 25 years and have racked up an inventory of spectacular sightings from Hugh Jackman to Janelle Monáe and even Oprah Winfrey.

Rebecca informed 4Uetc that she obtained her “leisure obsession” from her mother rising up, from studying numerous movie star magazines to watching leisure speak exhibits collectively.

The way it began

The pair, who say they’re extra like sisters once they get going, began trying to find celebrities when Rebecca moved to Yorkville in her early 20s.

“The three of us [Rebecca, her mom and sister] would go up and down the elevator on the 4 Seasons Resort hoping that somebody would get on it and it will be Orlando Bloom or Woody Harrelson,” Rebecca informed 4Uetc.

Their scouting in Yorkville became a household custom within the late 90s once they attended TIFF collectively for the very first time.

Rebecca’s sister used to affix in on their movie star sighting outings and even grew to become an actress in Toronto for awhile, however now she cheers her household on from the sidelines.

‘We look ahead to it yearly,” stated Rebecca. “It is like Christmas, birthday, New 12 months all collectively, and we’re very conscious that it is a distinctive factor that mother and I do collectively.”

Within the final 10 years, Nancy and Rebecca have switched their focus to making an attempt to get selfies with their favorite celebrities, however that is not all that it is about.

“It is not nearly getting a selfie, we all know the battle you would need to undergo and even doing TIFF and everyone operating at you and wanting a selfie,” stated Nancy.

“We actually care in regards to the artwork and what they do, and I believe they will inform that we genuinely wish to meet them as folks,” Rebecca added.

Battling MS fatigue

Nancy lives with A number of Sclerosis (MS), a situation that impacts the central nervous system that may trigger ache, fatigue, numbness, paralysis and different signs, in keeping with the Nationwide A number of Sclerosis Society.

However that does not cease her from doing what she loves. This yr at TIFF 2022, she and Rebecca pulled two 12-hour days regardless of her coping with fatigue.

“It is in all probability not one of the best concept, however I wish to do issues, and I simply push myself,” stated Nancy. “I restricted myself to 2 days as a result of I do not wish to push it, and I simply attempt to relaxation after it is over with. I do not like to surrender and I wish to be part of issues.”

Rebecca will get her information on the place to search out celebrities from an underground group she calls “Tiffers.”

This yr, she stated the group made an enormous effort to assist her and her mother.

“They have been actually type to me,” she stated. Nancy added that a few of them would “even ask a celeb, ‘Would you ensure you get an image of this girl together with her daughter?'”

The pair additionally invested in collapsible stools to assist them all through their days on the competition and plan to return subsequent yr.

“I believe we’ll proceed to do it so long as we will – that is for positive,” stated Rebecca.

This interview has been condensed and edited for readability.

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