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2021 brought some incredible acting to the screen.
On Wednesday, W Magazine shared the second list in their new Best Performance Portfolio, with actors Dakota Johnson, Kirsten Dunst, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Negga, Anthony Ramos, Alana Haim, Saniyya Sidney & Filippo Scotti.
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Speaking about shooting “The Lost Daughter” during the pandemic, Johnson says: “We kept hardcore quarantined. But we were in Greece, which was not hardcore at all. Everyone in the movie was in a bubble, on an island, and luckily “We all loved each other. We had all kinds of parties: dance parties, hide-and-seek parties, lots of games.”
In much of the film, Johnson is in little more than a bikini, almost naked, which was not always easy for her.
“It’s hard. Some days I do not bother to take my clothes off on the set,” she explains. “Just because I look a certain way does not mean I do not have feelings. And my character Nina is almost bored by her appearance. She has reached a point in her life where her hotness no longer matches who she is. ”
Johnson also reveals how young she was when she caught the acting bug and followed in the footsteps of her parents Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.
“Zero old. Nothing old. I could not wait,” she says. “I grew up on sets. My parents always worked with these amazing artists and I just loved it. I wanted to be a part of it. “
Dunst, meanwhile, tells what it was like to have to appear drunk in Jane Campion’s Oscar frontrunner “The Power of the Dog.”
“There are many different phases in her drinking,” she says of her character’s descent into alcoholism. “In the beginning it is courage, and then it gets very bad. People who are drunk do not try to talk drunk. For scenes where I was supposed to have really stumbled, I spun a lot in circles and closed my eyes so I was out of balance. It makes you feel out of control, which is perfect for playing drunk. ”
The actress also talks about meeting the Canadian music icon Joni Mitchell.
“I’ve seen her twice. I thought, ‘Haha, hey, umm. I can not really talk,'” she recalls. “I love Joni Mitchell. When I was younger, I thought: If I ever get a tattoo, I’ll shave my head and get ‘BOTH SIDES NOW’ tattooed on my head. And when my hair then grew back, no one would know it was there. But I never did. “
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Gyllenhaal, whose sister Maggie wrote and directed “The Lost Daughter,” delivered her own star performance last year in “The Guilty.”
Gyllenhaal talks about his favorite movies when he was growing up: “In the beginning I was forced to watch ‘Gigi’, and then it slowly became my favorite movie. But then it was ‘Point Break’. Doesn’t that encapsulate me in a way?”
He also talks about what it was like for him as a young actor, earlier in his career, when he met 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 violent scenes,” says Gyllenhaal. I remember reaching out my hand to shake his, and accidentally hitting the door. He said so confidently and kindly, ‘Well, you have one more. It is okay.’ It was a really nice exchange, but I was definitely starstruck. ”
The question of W Magazine comes on the shelves February 8th.