Zach “The Director” Braff returns on Friday with his second cinematic effort, Wish I was Here. It’s the Kickstarter-funded story of a struggling actor – his last job was a dandruff commercial – caught in the confusion of dealing with grown-up responsibilities, while still wishing to be a kid. Complete with Shins songs, daydreams and waiting rooms, Wish I Was Here is littered with nostalgic nods to Braff’s directorial debut: Garden State.
It’s been ten years since Garden State first rode a sidecar into our hearts, with a near-perfect soundtrack and Natalie Portman‘s adorable performance. In honor of Throwback Thursday (and Braff’s new film), we revisited Garden State‘s U.S. premieres to find out which stars were the first to see that little movie that could.
Zach Braff and Donald Faison
The other half to Braff’s BFF eagle, Scrubs costar Donald Faison was there to keep things goofy.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard
It’s like looking at a prom photo for Indie Movie King and Queen.
Long before the days she was a vampy vampire on True Blood, Wood was just a teen trying to figure out the red carpet.
Ruffalo received an Emmy nomination for A Normal Heart this year, but back in 2004 the actor was more focused on picking up new friends.
A men’s style icon today, little Gordon-Levitt looks like he came straight from his high-school band practice to make it to Garden State‘s New York City premiere.