W Magazine: Best Performances
W Magazine February 2011 Issue
Editorial: “Best Perfomances”
By Lynn Hirschberg
Photographs by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Styled by Melanie Ward
Portfolio designed by Lee Swillingham and Stuart Spalding at Suburbia
What a fun editorial. W dressed up a bunch of the more notable actors of the year (many of whom are current Oscar nominees) and plopped them in front of the camera. Kudos to all involved, because this isn’t just one of the best actor editorials we’ve ever seen, for many of the participants, these are the best pictures of them we’ve ever seen – and that’s really saying something, considering how much these people get their picture taken. Even more fun are the great little anecdotes each of them give, far more interesting than the usual publicist-approved dross you get with these sorts of things. Nothing shocking, mind you; just interesting little sound bites to go with the pictures. Best editorial we’ve seen in a while.
But Mark Ruffalo should sue.
“The movie that I watched the most when I was growing up was Dirty Dancing. I always loved Penny, probably because I was really like Baby. I was a Jewish girl from a Jewish family, so of course I liked the tall, skinny blond girl.”
Louis Vuitton spring 2011 silk satin dress.
“I started acting to be included in a group, because I felt excluded in school. The final product was out of my control, so it didn’t really matter to me. I just liked being in a group of people that didn’t kick my shin.”
Vintage black wool sweater, Dior Homme’s white cotton shirt, and Levi’s black cotton and spandex jeans.
“What if Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parker suffered from the same insecurity and fear and paranoia? Mark dealt with those feelings by inventing Facebook. And my character, Sean Parker, invented Sean Parker. He created his own persona.”—Justin Timberlake
“I found The Goonies very inspiring. I identified with every character: Mikey, the leader; Mouth, the trickster; Data, the inventor; and Chunk, this lovely, beautiful, sad, misunderstood, slightly larger kid. The Goonies is boys needing to be boys on their path to manhood. It’s a classic.”—Andrew Garfield
Timberlake: William Rast’s black leather jacket. Garfield: vintage black T-shirt and Mantis 7 necklace.
“The first movie I really fell in love with was The Seven Year Itch. I love Marilyn Monroe. I went as her in the white dress for Halloween. I did the mole and the little cat eye.”
Valentino spring 2011 silk lace dress and Tia Mazza veil.
“My first part was in The Ages of Lulu. I played a sadomasochist who killed people and created fun orgies. I’m a Method actor: I went to every orgy in the world.”
Haider Ackermann’s olive green cotton jacket, Maison Martin Margiela’s navy blue silk and cotton sweater, and De Beers platinum and diamond earring.
“Acting forces you to look at yourself all the time. You have to move through these ages: You’re a teenager, a daughter, then a mother. You can never get stuck in your own bubble—acting doesn’t allow that.”
Neville Bean’s vintage silk lace jumpsuit and Tom Ford bracelets.
“I thought the best performance of the last decade was Mike White in Chuck & Buck.
I dug that performance.”
“Before Black Swan, I had never danced in my life, and I will never dance again. I lost 20 pounds in three months, danced five hours a day, for seven days a week. I tore a ligament. I dislocated my shoulder. I have two scars on my back. It was worth every minute, but I will never put on toe shoes again.”
Dolce & Gabbana spring 2011 silk lace dress.
“Lately my son has been asking, ‘Can you tell me about spells?’ He believes in them, so I get him to do things through spells. Like, ‘You will brush your teeth!’ It’s very useful. He now wants his own wand for Christmas. He may turn me into a frog.”
Bess’s leather and silk lace dress.
“I don’t quite get why Gordon Gekko, who is a clearly defined villain, is such a heroic figure to M.B.A. students. But every time I’m out, a drunken Wall Street guy comes up to me and says, ‘You’re the man!’”
Dior Homme’s black wool coat and Brunello Cucinelli scarf.
“I connect most with things that are uncomfortable and heartbreaking. And I think comedy is very uncomfortable and heartbreaking. Discomfort is extremely amusing to me.”
Yves Saint Laurent’s vintage wool cape and Giorgio Armani’s cotton shirt.
“It was important for me to go to a normal high school. I have a locker, which was a big deal. My mom had to buy me a lock and teach me how to use it. It’s the little things: Where do you go at lunch? How do you open the locker? I wanted a yearbook! Now I have a lot of signatures in my yearbook—‘Have a good summer’ and all that.”
Tom Ford’s leather tank top, Chanel’s calfskin shorts, Patricia Underwood hat, and Chanel bracelets.
Balmain spring 2011 black cotton T-shirt with pins.
“Between jobs, to keep from going nuts, it’s hobbies, hobbies, and more hobbies. It keeps you off the dope. That’s why I started riding horses.”
Duvall: Hermes’s black cashmere turtleneck and Diesel Black Gold’s black cotton denim jeans. Pedraza: Salvatore Ferragamo’s olive green cotton knit tank top and suede skirt.
“I did a play in New York called Coastal Disturbances. For every performance—twice a day if we had a matinee— I was buried in sand up to my neck. Afterward, there was a lot of exfoliation.”
Tom Ford spring 2011 black velvet and silk dress, Patricia Underwood hat, and Dolce & Gabbana earrings.
“Because I have to cry every so often for a living, I find it horrifying if it spills over into my daily life. I’d probably cry if I got a splinter, but for anything emotional, the best I can muster is a lump in the throat. Especially if there are any witnesses.”
Tom Ford’s black wool vest, white cotton shirt, and tie.
“For the film Irreversible, I had explicit sex scenes with my wife, Monica Bellucci. At first I said, ‘No way,’ but my wife said, ‘Why did you say no?’ Working with my wife turned out to be a plus, because you don’t have to be polite. It’s a nice way to spend some time together.”
Vintage black leather jacket, Calvin Klein Collection’s white cotton shirt and tie, Dior Homme’s blue distressed cotton denim jeans, and Diesel belt.
“I think it’s really boring to be an ingenue, the sort of drippy girl who needs someone to come and help her. I’d rather be a character actor.”
Ossie Clark’s vintage ivory silk crepe dress.
“Sex scenes are very unnerving. You have a director telling you how you should be doing it better, which is horrible even when you’re in a room alone with somebody. I’d much rather die on camera than do a sex scene.”
Vintage fringe coat and Burberry’s cotton jeans.
[Photo Credit: wmagazine.com, style.com]