BEST PERFORMANCES

Amy Adams on the Real Life Politics of Being Lynne Cheney in Vice, and the Power Dynamics of Sex in Sharp Objects

The actress on her role in the Golden Globes-nominated film.


Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Amy Adams is the ultimate prestige director bait. It can feel like almost every major auteur in Hollywood has sought her ever-protean talents, from David O. Russell to Paul Thomas Anderson to Nora Ephron to, these days, Adam McKay and Jean-Marc Vallée, who put her at the center of, respectively, a major awards season movie (McKay’s Vice, based on the life of ex-Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne, whom Adams plays) and a major HBO miniseries (Vallée’s Sharp Objects, in which she stars as a journalist with a dark past). She may not agree with the beliefs or ideas of every character she plays, but Adams seems to possess an infinite supply of sympathy for them—which might be why she was up for Golden Globes for both Vice and Sharp Objects on Sunday night. Here, she goes deep on the difficulties of playing difficult characters.

How did Vice come to you?

I had worked with Adam McKay, the director, on Talladega Nights… Which was a little different. I played Susan, the assistant, who sorta becomes the little sex kitten at the end, and I crawl across the table and kiss Will Ferrell. [Laughter.] It was fun. I mean, not the kissing. You know what I mean. And I was a big fan of [McKay’s 2015 film The Big Short]; I stayed in touch with Adam through the years and said I wanted to work with him again. And they sent me this script and it was one of the best scripts I’d read in a really long time. It tonally was so fascinating and really told a story I hadn’t heard told before, and in a way that was so individual and unique. And the character posed such a challenge because, you know, people think they know Lynne Cheney but, um, I didn’t know Lynne Cheney, so to get to know her from a point of view of an actress was a privilege because I really got to dive into her past and get to know her as I would any character.

Was it more or less or difficult to play somebody who’s living?

I’ve done it before and I always feel a huge responsibility. Um, we did not meet, so that’s something that’s interesting too—to be playing somebody and have not met them.

And you don’t bear much of a physical resemblance.

Well, it’s kinda amazing once you put it all on, because I age from 20 to about 70 in the film. As does Christian [Bale], so that was another challenge is evolving these characters as they mature and as they age, not only physically but emotionally, intellectually, and inside their relationship and what that looks like.

Valentino gown; Valentino Garavani earrings; Marc Jacobs boots.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

You’ve been with Christian in other films. And you’ve been romantically involved with Christian in other films.

Yes. Yes I have.

Does that give you a shorthand for this, or does that make it more complicated?

I think what’s great about working with somebody several times, is that there’s a shorthand of trust. He knows wherever he navigates the scene I’m right there with him, and I know that wherever he takes the scene is going to be where I want to go. Like, he’s so great. I mean he’s one of my favorite scene partners ever because he’s so invested, he does so much research, and he’s so committed. And he has such a joy to his acting. Working with him just sorta sets me free in a way.

Did you do a lot of rehearsals for this?

We didn’t rehearse a lot for this. There was a lot of makeup tests. Especially with Christian, because he really had an amazing transformation into Dick Cheney. They were really wanting to get that right so that it wasn’t a distraction, and I felt that responsibility with Lynne as well. But, and it wasn’t technically a rehearsal, but I would just sorta harass Christian on set to run the Shakespeare scene with me. [Laughs.] There’s a Shakespeare scene. I kinda got competitive—I don’t know if he knew it—about who would memorize it first. He won. [Laughter.] I don’t think anyone’s surprised by that.

__[Laughs.] You know, Adam [McKay] is famously liberal. He’s fascinated by Dick Cheney but certainly not a fan of his politics. Was it important to remain neutral in the film and try and make it more of a character study, or was—___

Yeah. For me, when approaching the politics of the film, I really just absorbed Lynne Cheney’s point of view. It was important to me to come at the character with honesty, whether I agree with her point of view or not. It was funny because I would walk in in the morning—Adam’s talked about this—and to sort of get into character I would have these long debates about policy and politics as Lynne Cheney with Adam McKay.

Right.

And, uh, I called him many names. [Laughter.] I didn’t swear because Lynne wouldn’t swear. So I teased him about wearing shorts on set and how that was disrespectful. [Laughter.] I learned a lot about Adam’s politics in those, uh, debates. In our morning debates.

He did a ton of research. I mean, he was obsessed.

Oh my gosh. The example I use is there’s a scene where we all sit down at a dinner table. Now the scene, you know, it is something in the film and it’s used in the film very well, but there was, I don’t know, 10, 12 characters sitting down at the table. And Adam gave each of us what was happening in pop culture on that day, what was happening in each of our lives in that sorta period of time.

Oh, wow.

And so that when we were ad-libbing, he could use anything he landed on because it would be either factually relevant or culturally relevant, historically relevant. I think we ended up talking about American Idol, actually. He was like, “Here’s who was on American Idol.” It was amazing.

Mahershala Ali wears a Prada suit; his own top and bracelet. Amy Adams wears a Givenchy dress and belt.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

So, let’s talk about Sharp Objects. You were amazing in it. I watched every episode like two, three times.

Oh my gosh, and like Patricia [Clarkson], like come on. She’s so delicious.

And also Chris Messina, who’s great in it. He was the girlfriend role.

He always said that I’m a girlfriend role. But you know what’s great about it is because he showed up. You know, he showed up every day, in every scene, invested. He invested like he was the lead of the film.And that’s what a great supporting character does, is they invest in the role as if they were carrying the project on their back, and he did that.

Well, also you just totally had his number in the show. That scene—I guess you’d call it a sex scene, but it was more like a power scene.

Thank you, it was scary. I don’t think I’ve ever allowed myself to be viewed in that way on film before. I think playing Camille really allowed me to dive into a place inside my psyche that just didn’t give a fuck, you know. The thing is she’s not doing that out of being evolved, she’s doing that out of being desperate. She has nothing left to give, there’s nothing left, you know. And yet she’s seeking and still has desire for love and desire for intimacy and so she just needs so much and yet won’t let anything in. So it’s this complicated push and pull of love and desire and familial intimacy, not just sexual intimacy.

Was it hard to shake her? She looked like she very hard to shake.

You know what’s funny? I’m questioning whether to share this.

Okay.

I’ll share. My daughter had an accident.

Oh, I’m sorry.

Two days before I was done filming. She’s fine. But it put it in perspective and it made me come out of it in a way that I was not expecting to. Um, we had two days left to film; it was just like establishing shots, so nothing really big. But it made me realize that, um, it just put it in perspective, me being a mother. It made me realize how important it is, especially shooting Sharp Objects, how important it is to be able to shake my experiences to show up for her. However I shake them, whether it’s yoga or, you know, prayer, however you shake an experience.

Right.

Working through it is so important, at least for me, for my daughter so that she can have a healthy and present mom. And that became my focus coming out of it.

Best Performances: Featuring Nicole Kidman, Claire Foy, Rami Malek, and 29 of Hollywood’s Biggest Stars

Claire Foy wears a Burberry top, corset dress, socks, and shoes; Charvet scarf. Emily Blunt wears a Burberry dress, shirt, socks, and shoes; stylist’s own top.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Kiki Layne wears a Prada top and headband; Tiffany & Co. earrings. Jonah Hill wears The Row jacket, shirt, and tie.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Margot Robbie wears a Chanel cardigan and skirt; stylist’s own top. Michael B. Jordan wears a Calvin Klein 205W39NYC cardigan and vest; Brioni trousers.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Nicole Kidman wears an Armani Privé dress; Cartier earrings; Cornelia James gloves; stylist’s own veil.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Mahershala Ali wears a Prada suit; his own top and bracelet. Amy Adams wears a Givenchy dress and belt.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Eddie Redmayne wears a Givenchy shirt and pants. Rami Malek wears a Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello shirt.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Saoirse Ronan wears a Celine by Hedi Slimane dress.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Malcolm Edwards at Art Partner; Makeup by Lucy Bridge for MAC Cosmetics at Streeters London; Manicures by Michelle Saunders for Essie at Forward Artists. Set design by Gary Card at Streeters London. Men’s wear editor: Sam Walker. Hair for King: Angela A. Perrantes; Grooming for Jordan: Carola Gonzalez for Malin & Goetz at Forward Artists; Hair for Jordan: Jove Edmond; Hair for Layne: Larry Sims for flawless at Forward Artists. Produced by Jeffrey Delich at Padbury Production; Production Manager: Lauren Sakioka at Padbury Production; Local Producer: Meghan Gallagher at Connect the Dots; Local Production Coordinator: Jane Oh at Connect the Dots; Photography Assistants: Sarah Lloyd, Tony Ivanov, Kyle Holmquist, Keith Coleman, Scott Froschauer; Retouching by Graeme Bulcraig at Touch Digital; Production Assistants: Michael Osborn, Nikki Patrlja, Dan Fleming; Fashion Assistants: Allia Alliata di Montereale, Nadia Beeman, Sharon Chitrit, Megan King, Brejon Golden, Jonnie Atkinson, Lindsey Hartman, Rosa Schorr; Set Assistants: Nicole McBride, Collin Lebrasseauer, Seth Powsner, Olivia Giles; Ballet Dancers: Morgan Quinn, Jaclyn Hamric, Corey O’Brien, Dominic Eustes; Tailors: Isa Kriegeskotte, Karla Yvette Miranda, Nastassia Bauta; Special thanks to Quixote Studios, Heirloom LA, Kitchen Mouse, Electric Avenue, Cast Partner.
Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Nicole Kidman in Boy Erased and Destroyer

“In Destroyer, I play a cop who’s been through a lot—she’s very American, very angry, distressed, and disturbed. I wasn’t the first choice for that role—it went to somebody else and she didn’t want to do it. I read the script and put my hand up and said, ‘What about me?’ ” Did the wardrobe contribute to the character? We took so long to find the leather jacket that I wear in pretty much every frame of the film. I became so obsessed with that jacket, I would wear it at home. I put it on first thing in the morning. My kids visited the set and were shocked at the way I looked. You know, I’ve been working as an actor since I was 14 years old. It’s a choice, but it’s also a calling. Sometimes, I kind of try to move away, but it always pulls me back.

Comme des Garçons coat, T-shirt, skirt, tights, and boots; headpiece by hairstylist Malcolm Edwards. Inflatable latex costumes by artist Sasha Frolova (throughout).

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Amy Adams in Vice

“My role in Vice is Lynne Cheney, Dick Cheney’s wife. It’s a huge responsibility to play a living person. I didn’t meet Lynne, and that’s interesting too—playing somebody who’s alive but whom you’ve never met. Plus, I age from 20 to 70 in the film, so that was another challenge.” Did her conservative politics affect your performance? I really just absorbed her point of view. Whether I agree with it or not doesn’t really matter. To get into character, I would have long debates about policy and politics as Lynne Cheney with our director, Adam McKay. I called him many names. I teased him about wearing shorts on set and how that was disrespectful. But I didn’t swear, because Lynne wouldn’t swear.

Valentino gown; Valentino Garavani earrings; Marc Jacobs boots.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots and On Chesil Beach

“This is the first time I’ve played any queen or monarch. Mary had to hold herself in a certain way when she was presenting herself at court, but when she was on her own, in her intimate quarters, she was quite different. I began to feel like a bit of a boss. A boss queen!” Did you learn any royal skills? Yes, I learned to ride. My horse in the film was also Wonder Woman’s horse—his name is Prince, and he is the biggest diva I’ve ever met. Prince doesn’t do anything for anyone, especially me, and had a nervous cough that you’d hear right before we’d do a take. Everything I did was for that horse, just to get his approval.

Balenciaga dress and shoes.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You

“The director of the film, Boots Riley, had been following me for quite a while before I finally met him. He handed me the script for Sorry to Bother You literally put it in my hands. I was like, Who is this strange person? When I read the script, I realized I had no idea how deeply strange he is. But his strangeness revealed itself to be another form of beauty.” Growing up, who was your cinematic crush? Jennifer Love Hewitt. I loved her. I couldn’t comprehend anything, except that she was beautiful. What’s your favorite Halloween costume? I’m always the Joker. Every year. Soon there will be a black Joker movie, and it will be me.

Maison Margiela Artisanal Men’s Designed by John Galliano suit; Tiffany & Co. earrings; John Hardy cross necklace; Chrome Hearts thick chain; Hoorsenbuhs long chain; Stanfield’s own rings.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots

What was your first red-carpet outfit? I was 18. The Australian equivalent of the Emmys is called the Logies, and I was nominated. It was my big moment, the biggest thing that had happened to me. So I went all out on the dress: It was very short at the front, long at the back, lots of layers, bright colors, and shiny fabric. It was, like, orange, black, orange, black—with a big bow at the back. I had stipple-looking hair, and I was very tan. It was…a look. I don’t regret it, because I was 18 and having fun. I can dress boring for the rest of my life.

Staud coat; Giu Giu turtleneck; Vex Clothing tights; Urstadt Swan gloves; Manolo Blahnik shoes; stylist’s own veil.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy [which is about a father and his son, who is addicted to drugs] was a script they’d been trying to get made for 10 years. Every guy actor my age had gone up for it. I’ve been lucky, but a lot of the bigger Hollywood movies like Spider-Man, things like that, I didn’t get. So, for Beautiful Boy, I did a lot of research and read about drugs, and I brought the books to my first meeting with the director. I could see in his eyes that he was thinking, This kid is nuts. But I felt this movie—the subject of drug addiction—was so important. I wanted to make an anti-glorification-of-drugs movie. And I think we did.” Did you meet Nic Sheff, whom you play in the film? Yes. I met him a week before we started shooting. And there was nothing about Nic that fit my stereotype of an addict. That was the learning grace of this movie: Nic is alive and well, but the reality is, it’s a day at a time. You never really beat it. You lost so much weight. Was your mom worried about you? My mom was worried! I lost 18 pounds. First, I’m in a movie where I was having sex with a peach, and then it was like, “I got another movie!” She said, “Great!” And then I had to tell her what it was about.

Charvet shirt.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Claire Foy in First Man

Growing up, what was your favorite toy? I had a disgusting pillow until I was about 21. Shamefully, I took it to university. Do you get nervous before filming? Oh, yes, I get nervous. It’s a gradual process of trying to work yourself up to being brave enough to be on set. You always worry that everyone’s going to say, “Ooh, we’ve made a terrible, terrible mistake.” What was the name of your first pet? Thumper. And the first street that you lived on? I don’t know. So you’re a one-name sensation: Thumper is your porno name. Thumper it is.

Burberry cape; Falconiere bonnet.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

What was the first record you bought? Bon Jovi. “Livin’ on a Prayer” is such a good song. I love a good emotional ballad. The greatest YouTube hole to go down is Leona Lewis when she was on The X Factor. Every week, she just came and delivered. Occasionally she’d take her shoes off. Do you watch other reality shows? I’m quite excited because The Hills, which is my original reality-TV guilty pleasure, is coming back. I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Heidi Montag. Do you have a secret skill? Yes. I’m incredibly good at being early. I’m always the person who gets to the airport four hours early. I drive everyone crazy.

Dior Men jacket and pants; Urstadt Swan gloves; Givenchy boots.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther

Do you have a favorite movie villain? For me, it’s a tie between Heath Ledger as the Joker and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Villains, like Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, are the most interesting characters. They are the ones you can empathize with—they want you to not like them, but you can still understand their motivation.Even though you’re the villain in Black Panther, do people on the street still say “Wakanda forever” to you? They don’t immediately realize that my character is not exactly pro-Wakanda. Midway through saying something, it registers: Oh, he wasn’t really with Wakanda. But by then they’ve already committed.

Is it difficult to act when you’re basically naked? I’m always naked. So, no.

Hermès sweater.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Joanna Kulig in Cold War

“The director, Pawel Pawlikowski, wrote the part of Zula for me. I knew that the inspiration for the character came from his mother. Zula is her real name, and, like me, she was blonde. I saw her photo.” Was that the hardest part about portraying the character? No. The hardest part was the dancing. In general, I have a problem with coordination. I spent six months in a Polish folk ensemble learning how to dance. We partied together, we drank together, and we’d dance for six hours during a concert. It was like a family, and I started to build the character of Zula. Soon, I had her thoughts and personality. And I finally learned how to dance!

Chloé dress; Louis Vuitton hat.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Elizabeth Debicki in Widows

“I was a dancer for many, many years, and I thought I was going to be a ballerina. When I was about 12, I went to a summer school for the Australian ballet and I was already taller than my teacher. So I remember saying to myself, I’m going to have to rethink this plan.” Did you audition for Widows? Yes, I put myself on tape in my friend’s garage. How glamorous! I remember wearing a lot of eyeliner. I picked out some hoop earrings. And, funnily enough, in the finished film, she ended up looking a lot like she did in my test.

Marc Jacobs coat; Noel Stewart headpiece; Cornelia James gloves; Falke tights; Vivienne Westwood shoes.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk

“I took a break from making films. My son, Ian, was getting to the age, around sixth grade, when kids are starting to spread their wings, and everything that was being offered to me was outside of Los Angeles, except for TV. I didn’t want to travel to make films. So I like to say I was one of the first movie actors who made the leap into television.” Do they call Beale Street your comeback film? I like to use the LL Cool J song: “Don’t call it comeback. I been here for years.”

Givenchy dress; Graham Tyler hat; Linda Farrow sunglasses.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate

“I painted in a movie called To Live and Die in L.A., but it wasn’t about painting—it was more about counterfeiting and killing people. In playing Vincent van Gogh, painting was the key to the character. I had to know what I was doing. The director, Julian Schnabel, would say, ‘Hold the brush like a sword’ and ‘There’s no such thing as a bad mark.’ I began to think that painting is about making an accumulation of marks. Acting is the same: You create a character scene by scene. It’s a series of marks that start a rhythm, and that rhythm sends you where you need to go.” Who is your cinematic crush? Warren Oates. When I saw him perform, I thought, That’s not an actor, that’s a man. It kind of broke my heart to find out he was actually a trained actor.

Balenciaga coat.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in Leave No Trace

“I play a girl who is with her father in the wild, far away from civilization. Since I live in New Zealand and couldn’t fly to America, I auditioned on tape. We had a lot of props: a bucket, a toothbrush, a sleeping bag, and a rabbit named Coco. I also ran through the New Zealand bush with a GoPro in my mouth and sent that off as well. I didn’t meet the director in person. Six months later, on Christmas, I found out that I had gotten the part.”

Moschino Couture dress; Capezio tights; Sergio Rossi shoes.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Steven Yeun in Burning

“I like filming death scenes. When I was on The Walking Dead, I had known for some time about my character’s death. I was really excited for that day—I was looking forward to getting my skull bashed in. In Burning, my death scene was really fun. That was the only time it snowed, which was unexpected, and it added some magic to the moment. Everybody fantasizes about what it would be like to die. If I could make a career out of being killed, it would be okay.” Do you have a secret skill? Yes. I’m really good at getting parking spots. I’m so confident that the spot is going to be there, that it’s always there. Right in front.

Gucci jacket, shirt, pants, hat, and shoes; Charvet tie.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade

“I have been acting since I was 5. My first job was doing the voice of Agnes, the youngest daughter, with the big ponytail on top of her head, in Despicable Me. I was in the sequel, but I was too old for Despicable Me 3, because I can’t do my 5-year-old voice anymore.” In Eighth Grade, there is a pool-party scene that is nerve-wracking. You wear a very awkward green bathing suit. Yes, it is anxiety inducing. I did not pick the bathing suit. They wanted a lime green one so my character would stick out. I still have it. I mean, I don’t go to the pool that much, but that’s my bathing suit now. I love it.

Gucci dress; Eugenia Kim hat; Sophie Buhai necklace.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Jonah Hill in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

In the film, your character, Donny, has a fantastic fashion sense. One of the things that inspired me was a photograph of Yves Saint Laurent in Morocco in the ’70s. I looked at it and was like, Oh, level-10 Marrakech! So Donny wears a lot of caftans and Moroccan stuff in the movie—kind of our Tom Petty and Yves Saint Laurent level-10 Marrakech. He also has a very calm, Zen outlook on life. Donny had conquered a lot of the things that were dark and demonic about himself, and he was able to be peaceful and calm. That was a joy to play. I miss being Donny— even his long blond hair. What was your most memorable birthday? My mom once sent a mariachi band to play my favorite song, “Feliz Navidad.” It was winter in New York and eight mariachis played my song. I was like, “Am I hallucinating right now?”

Raf Simons coat; the Row T-shirt and jeans; Paul Smith boots.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Kiki Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk

How did you find out you had the part in Beale Street? It was nine in the morning and Barry Jenkins, the director, called and woke me up. He just got to talking and didn’t introduce himself. Finally, he said, “Girl, do you even know who you’re talking to?” He went on to tell me that they were giving me the role! I was trying to rush him off the phone so I could really go crazy and cry and call my mama. What is your go-to karaoke song? “Drunk in Love,” by Beyoncé. Especially if you’ve got somebody that’ll hold down Jay Z’s part. That’s definitely the move. I feel like you have mood hair: Sometimes it’s long, sometimes it’s short—up, down. Oh, yeah, we gotta switch it up. You never really know how it’s gonna be: Will it be curly? Straight? And watch out when those colors start coming in!

Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress and boots; Prada headband; Tiffany & Co. earrings.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Carey Mulligan in Wildlife

“Paul Dano, who cowrote and directed Wildlife, called me and said he was going to send me the script. I was kind of flattered that he thought I could play Jeanette.” She’s a tormented character. Did you have trouble shaking her off at the end of the day? No. When you’ve got kids, they expect you to come home and be Mom, not some weird drunk woman. At the end of the day, I take off that hat, leave that person at work, and come home and watch the Food Network. I love Chopped. They make disgusting things, but I do like Bobby Flay. Chopped and Bobby Flay are the perfect antidote to films like Wildlife.

Michael Kors Collection dress; vintage hat from New York Vintage, New York; Tiffany & Co. earrings; Carolina Amato gloves; Capezio tights; Jimmy Choo shoes.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Yalitza Aparicio (far left) in Roma

“The shoot for Roma lasted six months. We shot in chronological order. It was a very long process for me. I had not seen any of Alfonso Cuarón’s films. I actually didn’t know who he was. Alfonso asked me not to watch any of his films until we were done with the filming. He didn’t want me poisoning my mind with any images or ideas.”

Marina de Tavira in Roma

“I was the only actor in Roma with any previous experience. It was really challenging. First-time actors—and many of them were children—have a completely different way of working. Alfonso Cuarón would play tricks on us—make things happen that we were not expecting. That way, he made real life appear on set.”

From left: Valentino gown. The Row gown; Tiffany & Co. earrings.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns

“The hardest thing about playing Mary Poppins was learning how to dance. One day, you’re handed a hat and a cane, and I was like, Oh, my God. And, also, the initial idea of taking on a character that iconic was daunting. But once I got over my fears, it was deliciously fun.” What was your first red-carpet outfit? It was for My Summer of Love, and I was far too tanned. I was wearing a very bright yellow dress. I always laugh at how sweaty I looked. Horrible. Who is your girl crush? Rihanna. I mean, come on. She’s smoking.

Louis Vuitton coat; Eugenia Kim hat; Manokhi gloves.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody

“The first thing I auditioned for I almost wasn’t allowed to audition for. I got a call from a casting director, and she asked to speak to the agent representing Rami Malek. I said, ‘Uh, speaking.’ She kind of laughed and said, ‘Call me when you have an agent.’ I go, ‘You’re already laughing—give me a shot.’ It was three lines in Gilmore Girls. I convinced her to let me read, and I got the part.” Besides in the film, have you ever sung any Queen songs in public? In Japan, with our version of the band, we dressed up in animal onesies and did “Bohemian Rhapsody,” like the original video. It was filmed, and I’m sure someone will get drunk and throw it out there into the ether.

Officine Générale pants; Atsuko Kudo Couture Latex Design gloves.

Photograph by Tim Walker; Styled by Sara Moonves.
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That’s great. Let’s ask you some fun questions. What was your favorite TV show or TV character growing up?

Oh my goodness. I loved television. I feel bad, I think I let my daughter watch too much TV. But then like I watched a lot and I love TV. I hate to say this, I don’t hate to say it. When I was a teenager, I really got into Days of Our Lives. And I really loved, um, there was a character named Jenn. I think it was Frankie and Jennifer, did anybody else watch Days of Our Lives?

Not me. I was an All My Children person. Erica Cane.

Okay, yeah. Well, she was the heroine, but I think, um, I’m flashing to Facts of Life now. I love Jo in Facts of Life. I did. I loved Jo, I loved Blair, I thought she had really good hair, but she wasn’t nice.

George Clooney had a part on Facts of Life, that was one of his first jobs.

Yes he did. I do remember that. I loved Family Ties, Growing Pains, a huge crush on Leo during Growing Pains. I think I’ve talked about that. He was their foster kid during the last season.

So you liked sort of happy situation comedies?

Yes!

And yet you’re so complicated.

Yes! [Laughter.] Um, I like to go to TV to escape. But ya know, there was complicated story lines, like a foster child, that was deep.

It was Leo.

And it was Leo, so.

Inside W‘s Best Performances Party With Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Amy Adams, and Many More Celebrities

Nicole Kidman and Stefano Tonchi at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Lili Reinhart at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

Lili Reinhart at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

Sarah Silverman at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Fiona Xie at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Elsie Fisher at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Jamie King at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Emma Stone at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Michael B. Jordan at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Rumer Willis at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Guests at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Guests at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Laura Harrier at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Kathryn Newton at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Connie Britton, left, and Patricia Clarkson, right, at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Guests at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Haley Joel Osment at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Leslie Bibb and Patricia Clarkson at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Yalizta Aparicio at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Édgar Ramírez at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Amy Adams at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Tracee Ellis Ross at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Lakeith Stanfield at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Fiona Xie at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Angela Lindvall at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Melissa Foxburgh at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Caitriona Balfe at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Jamie King at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Troye Sivan at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Daria Strokous at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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Thomasin McKenzie at W’s Best Performances Party to celebrate the Golden Globes at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jan 4th. Photograph by Landon Nordeman for W Magazine.

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What was the first album you ever bought or first music you ever bought with your own money?

Oh my gosh, it was REO Speedwagon, it was a single. It was called I think “In My Dreams.” Yes. That was the first record I bought. I was into, like, whatever love ballad they sang. Yeah, I liked love songs and then I was really into soundtracks, like Dirty Dancing I listened to over and over and over and over.

What is your karaoke song?

I’ve talked about this a lot but I sing karaoke like a lot. Like, I don’t go out, I don’t go clubbing, I go to karaoke rooms. Little private rooms with my friends. I sing everything. But if everyone’s like this is the one you put in, either I’m going to sing from Wicked, I’m gonna sing The Little Mermaid.

And has your daughter been indoctrinated into the karaoke room yet?

She’s resisting, but slowly. She loves Mamma Mia, and her favorite song to sing is “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and she’s really good at it. Yeah, but I can’t act too excited, because otherwise she’ll cut me off.