Alexander Skarsgård, Riz Ahmed, Milo Ventimiglia, and Rupert Friend for W Magazine

Posted on June 28, 2017

Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”), Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”), and Rupert Friend (“Homeland”) are featured in W magazine‘s annual portfolio of television’s hottest stars photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Edward Enninful.



Alexander Skarsgård, “Big Little Lies”

“My first crush was Jessica Lange in ‘Tootsie.’ I was maybe 8 or 9 when I first saw the movie, and I had never felt anything for a girl before that. I was just mesmerized by her. I watched the film over and over again because of Jessica Lange. I’m still not over her. Every time I meet someone, I compare her to Jessica Lange in ‘Tootsie. ‘That’s probably why I’m not married.”



Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”

“I usually get stopped in the U.K. before I board a plane. What’s funny is that Heathrow is in a heavily South Asian neighborhood, and the kids working at the airport are fans of mine. So while they’re swabbing me for explosives, they’re asking me for selfies. While they’re going through my underwear, they’re quoting my raps back at me. It’s quite a surreal experience that speaks to the insider/outsider status I’ve felt all my life.”



Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”

“I’m not a big crier. But family stuff gets to me. Fathers and brothers and children. If I wasn’t on ‘This Is Us,’ I’d be a wet noodle watching the show. I’d be crying along with everyone else.”



Rupert Friend, “Homeland”

“For ‘Homeland,’ I made an audition tape with a point-and-click camera and sent it in. The ratio was off. It was out of focus. I was also wearing the wrong thing, and I filmed it against a door that they later told me made it look like I was in a mental asylum. The producers were like, ‘Where the hell is this kid?!’ In the end, I did seven separate audition tapes of the same scene. They finally said yes.”



Style Credits:
Alexander Skarsgård: Cleverly Laundry Robe | Schiesser Revival Shirt
Riz Ahmed: Bottega Veneta Sweater | Jeffrey Rüdes Pants
Milo Ventimiglia: Current/Elliott Shirt
Rupert Friend: Hermès Sweater | Sunspel Boxers

[Photo Credit: Alasdair McLellan/W Magazine]

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