Let’s set the scene for you: Johnson, who was a day away from celebrating her twenty-eighth birthday, attended the screening of Luca Guadagnino’s drama Call Me By Your Name at the festival. (She previously worked with Luca on another film, the equally dramatic and sensuous A Bigger Splash, which is likely why she was in attendance.) Gomez surprised Johnson outside of the screening, and the two immediately starting hugging and giggling and chatting like a couple of, well, close friends. They were in such good spirits about seeing each other that they even took a few selfies with fans and socialized with the crowd around them.
While the two ingenues are usually quite candid in interviews, neither has actually expounded about the genesis of their friendship in the past. Instead, they let their friendship status be known to the world by accompanying each other to some of Hollywood’s most glamorous events. And, of course, Gomez and Johnson have been a part of Taylor Swift’s inner circle of friends for a while now—the “squad,” if you will—along with other lovely ladies such as Cara Delevingne and Lorde. So how Alex Russo and Anastasia Steele officially met is up to your imagination.