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Kristen Stewart, Lady Gaga, & So Many More Stars Cover W's Best Performances Issue!

Kristen Stewart, Lady Gaga, & So Many More Stars Cover W's Best Performances Issue!

W magazine has unveiled the covers for their Best Performances Issue and featured are Kristen Stewart, Lady Gaga, Gemma Chan, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Chastain, Cate Blanchett, Adam Driver, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton with Honor Swinton Byrne, and Denzel Washington.

Click inside to see all the covers and read interview snippets from the stars…

Here’s what the stars had to share…

Gaga, on how she became her character,Patrizia, in House of Gucci: “…The most important element in becoming Patrizia was dyeing my own hair brown. I couldn’t be blonde with that Italian accent—I was still myself. It was also important to me that the film not be a red carpet. Fashion was a key part of Patrizia’s survival; she tried so hard, but she was never as shiny as the Guccis.”

Kristen, on how she knew at age 9 acting was what she wanted to do with her life: “When I made my first film, The Safety of Objects, I was like, This is it; this is the feeling. I’ve been chasing that ever since. It’s that sense of creating something together with others. It was exciting to see how many versions of myself I could find.”

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Gemma, on her first ever acting job: “I did a commercial for Bing, the search engine. I had to learn reams and reams of related words—it was a lot to memorize. The money from that commercial paid for my drama school. But sadly, it did not do much for Bing.”

Jennifer, on how Aretha Franklin herself chose her for the role: “Over 15 years ago, we had a breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City, and that was our first sit-down meeting about me portraying her. Eight years after that, she called and said, ‘I’ve made my decision, and it is you.’ It was exciting, but also the scariest thing.”

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Cate, on the activities she did during the pandemic: “I gardened; we had a derelict greenhouse that we brought to life. I practiced the piano. And I also watched every episode of The Sopranos, which I hadn’t seen. I now have PTSD about watching anything at home. I want to be in a cinema, a concert hall, a theater, experiencing something with strangers. I missed that communal bond.”

Jessica, on her physical transformation into Tammy Faye Bakker: “My first makeup test was probably a month before we started shooting, and that was stressful. I had seen the documentary on Tammy Faye and really wanted to tell her story. The filmmakers told me recently that right before they gave me the rights to the story, they thought, Jessica can’t do this. For Tammy Faye’s makeup, we found interviews where she talked about the exact products she used. She always wore waterproof mascara. People associate her with black tears, but the only images of mascara smearing down her face are from sketch comedy TV shows. Her mascara was always waterproof, and never ran.”

Click through the gallery to see all the cover images! Head to W magazine to see more.

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