On Tuesday evening, the Weinstein Co. was set to throw a pre-premiere cocktail party at the Toronto International Film Festival for its new comedy “Butter,” starring Jennifer Garner as an uptight, competitive Iowa housewife who sees her family’s legendary butter-sculpting skills as the ticket to a political career. But three hours before the event, something was obviously missing: a butter carver.
That’s when Moonlyn, a buxom 25-year-old Toronto musician who claimed to go by one name, said she got a call from her agent, who normally books her for modeling gigs.
You know how to do airbrush tattoos, he said, so maybe you can do this butter job? he inquired. Oh, and can you dress like a “sexy milkmaid”?
As luck would have it, Moonlyn had carved butter before: In high school, at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, held each November in Toronto. With that, the deal was sealed.
By 7 p.m., Moonlyn, in blond, Heidi-esque plaits, a black micro-mini and a cropped peasant blouse that covered more of her shoulders than her breasts, was at work at the party at the Burroughs Building on Queen Street, molding dozens of 1-pound unsalted butter bricks into a 2-foot high tower that she would then carve into a form vaguely resembling a bottle of Vitamin water (a corporate sponsor of the soiree).
Soon Garner appeared at the event, and upon seeing the emerging oleaginous objet d’art, exclaimed: “I want to get in there!” Learning about food sculpting from a pro in preparation for her role, she explained, was very tactile and very fun. Not that she really learned how to carve; it was more about holding the tools properly and such.
“The guy told me, ‘Don’t quit your day job,’ ” Garner said.
-- Julie Makinen in Toronto
Photo: Moonlyn, butter carver for hire, explains her art to the author of this post. Credit: Chris Libby.