This Year’s Stars Brought Characters To Life Through Immersion And Intimate Homage

On character nuance, deviating from one’s comfort zone, and going viral. Excerpted from Lynn Hirschberg's exclusive interviews with the stars from W's Best Performances issue.

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

On exploring new worlds: “I stayed in character for seven months. I was learning about multiple worlds at the same time: the punk and metal scene; the deaf community; and Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous addiction circles. It was eye-opening.”