W MAGAZINE’s 2024 Best Performances Portfolio, part of their annual Best Performances issue on stands February 13th, celebrates 28 incredible actors at the forefront of cinema. Curated by W’s editor-at-large, Lynn Hirschberg, the Best Performances Portfolio features profiles with Taraji P. Henson, Barry Keoghan, Margaret Qualley, Jeffrey Wright, Julia Garner, Franz Rogowski, Gael García Bernal, and Talia Ryder among others, photographed by Juergen Teller and styled by W Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Sara Moonves.
On whether she has a favorite Halloween costume as a kid: “No. I was so boring. I was always a witch; I’d put on a black wig. During the SAG-AFTRA strike, I went to clown school. My teacher assigned me the character of a witch clown! Strange. It was a witch, but I had a little clown nose. Maybe I’m just not that scary.”
On why he doesn’t like music: “I never listen to music. I’m half deaf. When I was a child, people would dance and sing along to music, and it was terrible for me. I started to lip sync what they were singing, but I had no idea what it was about. It has stayed that way. I don’t know a single song’s lyrics. Sometimes you don’t have to hear everything. It’s surprising how much of the stuff we say is unnecessary.”
Gael García Bernal
How he trained for the film Cassandro: “I had never wrestled before. First, I had to gain a lot of weight. That was fun! But then I had to start the actual wrestling, and everything started to hurt. Everything. But for me, Lucha Libre means more than just the physical, performative, and theatrical aspects. Like my promoter says in the film, ‘The world is very fucked up, and people need to go into an arena and see good beat evil for a little while.’”
How she started her career in acting: “For my 12th birthday, my grandmother got us tickets to see Matilda the Musical on Broadway. After I saw it, I said, ‘I need to do that.’ My sister and I convinced my mom to let us audition for Matilda. She drove us to New York, and we went to an open dance call. There were hundreds of kids, and then there were cuts and fewer kids, and more cuts. It felt like the longest process, but we were lucky enough to get cast. My sister was Matilda. I played a girl named Hortensia.”
[Photo Credit: Juergen Teller for W Magazine]
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