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Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, Anthony Ramos & More Stun for 'W' Magazine's Best Performances Portfolio

Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, Anthony Ramos & More Stun for 'W' Magazine's Best Performances Portfolio

There are some big stars featured in W Magazine’s 2022 Best Performances Portfolio, on newsstands February 8!

This year, the mag chose Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, Anthony Ramos, Kirsten Dunst, Ruth Negga, Alana Haim, Saniyya Sidney, and Filippo Scotti to represent.

Click inside to read interview highlights…

Dakota, on how she felt about filming almost nude for The Lost Daughter: “It is difficult. Some days, I don’t want to take off my clothes on set. Just because I look a certain way doesn’t mean I don’t have feelings. And my character, Nina, is almost bored by her appearance. She has reached a point in her life where her hotness doesn’t match who she is anymore.”

Jake, on his first time meeting Brad Pitt: “I was definitely starstruck when I first met Brad Pitt, on the set of The Good Girl. I was working with Jennifer Aniston, who was his wife at the time, and there were a lot of racy scenes. I remember putting my hand out to shake his, and accidentally hitting the door. He said, so confidently and kindly, ‘Well, you have another one. It’s all right.’ It was a really lovely exchange, but I was definitely starstruck.”

Anthony, on the first time he auctioned for In The Heights: “I had auditioned for the role of Usnavi in In the Heights a couple of years back, and I bombed that audition. I was like, ‘Yo, I’m never going to get this role. That’s it. That was my chance.’ A couple of years later, the movie comes back around, and I was able to get a meeting with Jon Chu, the director. No singing—just vibing. I felt his heart, and he felt mine. After I left the meeting, I got another job offer. I texted Jon: ‘If I’m not in the running, I’m going to take this other job. Con Edison don’t wait for nobody!’ He wrote me back: ‘It’s you. It’s always been you.’”

Kirsten, on pretending to be drunk for her character in The Power of the Dog: “There are a lot of different phases in her drinking. At first, it’s courage, and then it gets very bad. People who are drunk try not to talk drunk. For scenes where I had to be really stumbly, I’d spin a bunch in circles and close my eyes so I would be off-balance. That makes you feel out of control, which is perfect for playing drunk”

Ruth, on playing Clare in Passing: “I loved her, but she irritated me. You know what? For the first time, a character sort of embarrassed me.”

For more from the stars, visit WMagazine.com.

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