Keke Palmer, Claire Foy, Judd Hirsch, and Rachel Sennott Featured in W Magazine’s 2023 Best Performances Portfolio

Posted on January 12, 2023

W Magazine’s 2022 Best Performances Portfolio, on stands February 7th, celebrates 32 incredible actors at the forefront of cinema. Curated by W’s editor-at-large, Lynn Hirschberg, the Best Performances Portfolio features profiles with Keke Palmer (Nope), Claire Foy (Women Talking), Judd Hirsch (The Fabelmans) and Rachel Sennott (Bodies Bodies Bodies) among others, photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth and styled by W Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Sara Moonves. The portfolio also includes with Aubrey Plaza, Danielle Deadwyler, Diego Calva, Jeremy Pope, Jeremy Strong, Kate Hudson, Ke Huy QuanPaul Mescal and Stephanie Hsu.




Her first kiss: “I had a little boyfriend via MySpace! Because I didn’t go to regular school, I found most of my friends on MySpace. My family said I could invite his family over. We were sitting on the swings of the jungle gym in my backyard, and we had a sweet kiss. We dated for years! And we still stay in touch.”

On her go-to karaoke song: “I have two: “The Boy Is Mine,” obviously, by Brandy and Monica. And the other would be “Amor Prohibido,” by Selena. I learned that one phonetically. I’m a huge Selena fan.”




On the Mennonite uniform in her film Women Talking: “…we mocked the socks in the beginning, but by the end we were thinking, This is going to be a fashion moment: really ugly sandals with socks and dresses made out of 100 percent polyester. The dresses were absolutely boiling, but they didn’t crease. And it’s what the real Mennonite women wear.

All that will be left at the end of the world will be polyester Mennonite dresses and cockroaches. Both are indestructible.”

Her pet peeve: “People who stick to the rules to the point where the rules no longer make any sense. I wonder if that’s why I got this part!”




How he heard about The Fabelmans: “I got a Zoom call from Steven Spielberg, and it started out with, “SS wants to talk to JH.” I said, “Who is SS? I know who JH is!” [Laughs] Okay. What’s the big whisper here? What, are we doing a crime story? Am I gonna be arrested? All right. Fine. So I asked, “Who would I play?” Steven said, “A great-uncle of mine.” I said, “What does he do in the movie?” He said, “He made me become a director.”

On relating to his character: “As a very young child, I lived in Coney Island. And all that unreal stuff—the sideshows, the barkers, the amusement park—was a vision that took me out of my own life. And then this guy in Steven’s movie actually started out in the circus. That hooked me.”




On her secret skill: “I love organizing rooms. I like to tear apart a room, and then I love folding my underwear into little bow balls. I will do this for other people—some people don’t like it and they’re sort of like, “Get away.” But I say, “I’m helping you. Let me in.”

Her cinematic crush: “Growing up, I liked both Taylor Lautner and Rob Pattinson in Twilight. People were like, “Team Edward? Team Jacob?” I was like, “I’m team sexy love story!”



[Photo Credit: Jamie Hawkesworth/W Magazine]

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