Variety’s Portraits from Variety Studio’s Actors on Actors

Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) and Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year/Interstellar)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Hillary Swank (Homesman) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes) and Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Edward Norton (Birdman)
Jennifer Aniston (Cake) and Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)

Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Laura Dern (Wild) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)


Variety’s The Actors on Actors Portfolio

Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year/Interstellar)
Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Hillary Swank (Homesman)
Jack O’Connel (Unbroken)
Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

Tilda Swinton as the Great Madame D.: A Klimt Painting Come to Life

“Wes described Madame D. as a very wealthy art collector about 90 years old, eccentric and beautiful. He had a great prosthetics makeup team to age Tilda Swinton to look old but still very attractive. As Wes envisioned, she collects Klimts, so I printed a Klimt-inspired pattern for her velvet costumes. I rendered the whole look on Photoshop, including the hairstyle and the hat to go with it.” - Milena Canonero


What makes me cry? Pretty much anything by Hayao Miyazaki. My Neighbor Totoro, it’s a… When I met - I’m so happy and and proud to be able to say this sentence. When I met Hayao Miyazaki last night, I told him without a word of a lie that he’s a household God in my family. Really, if someone’s feeling, you know, low for any reason - I would always say if ever I’m in a coma - just play the music of My Neighbor Totoro and I’ll come around or rather I’ll slip away. One or the other, I don’t care because that’s where I wanna be. I wanna be on a Miyazaki hillside with a blue sky and those clouds going over and that music.

- Tilda Swinton

I believe that all great art holds the power to dissolve things: time, distance, difference, injustice, alienation, despair. I believe that all great art holds the power to mend things: join, comfort, inspire hope in fellowship, reconcile us to our selves.

Art is good for my soul precisely because it reminds me that we
have souls in the first place.


Tilda Swinton's spectacular speech at the Rothko Chapel.

Couple with Alain de Botton on how art can save your soul and Jeanette Winterson on the paradox of active surrender – possibly the greatest essay on art ever written – then see Rothko himself on the transcendent power of art.

(Thanks, Amanda)