If I were to ask you how you feel about Harry Styles—singer of songs, boat of dreams—would you perhaps say, “He
is one handsome fella with an incredible smile and eyes”? If you did say
that, you would, perhaps surprisingly, have that exactly in common with
Tony- and Oscar-winning British-American actor Mark Rylance. Because that’s what Mark Rylance just said about Harry Styles. Plus, he said he’s a good actor and stuff.
In a red-carpet interview with the Evening Standard, the Rylance was asked about Styles’s acting ability, as the two are co-stars in Styles’s first film, the W.W. II action epic, Dunkirk. (Directed by Christopher Nolan,
no less.) Rylance answered the reporter’s question about the heartthrob
with some real heart of his own, saying that Styles has that certain je ne sais quoi (we are in Dunkirk, after all), a rare star quality that Rylance—very lauded Mark Rylance!—is in awe of:
“He seems remarkable … one of those people—Sean Penn has it,
too—a kind of panache. I look at them and think, ‘How did you get
that? How do you get so that life is easy?’ But he has got a lovely,
lovely character. It’s a gift.”
Whoaaa. Someone has a crush! And can you blame him? It’s Harry freakin’ Styles. Rylance also called Harry “witty”—which, duh.
But most important, he said that Harry Styles “is one handsome fella
with an incredible smile and eyes.” It’s unclear if Rylance was saying
that Harry Styles has an incredible smile, and that he also has eyes,
simply pointing out that Harry has eyes in his skull. Or if he was
calling Harry’s eyes incredible, too. Either way, he’s not wrong. Harry
Styles DOES have eyeballs, and they ARE incredible.
Did you ever think you’d have so much in common with Mark Rylance? Sure, you both like hats, a lot. And you, too, have recited strange poems at the Tony Awards. And of course we all were great in Bridge of Spies.
But beyond that? It probably never seemed likely that you and Mark
Rylance—despite the fact that you’ve both starred in lavish movie
adaptations of The BFG—would share so many similarities in your lives. But there you have it. Mark Rylance is a Harry Styles fan too.
I’d have to imagine that, for Styles, the feeling is mutual. I’m sure he read the Evening Standard quote (which we found on Vogue U.K.’s Web site,
running alongside a slide show called “50 Fittest Boys” (which Mark
Rylance is sadly not in), and said, “Awww,” and texted Rylance, writing,
“Thanks for the kind words, Mr. Rylance.” And then another text
message, from “L,”
popped up on Harry’s phone, reading, “Agree w everything Mark said, but
u knew that. Home soon.” And Harry smiled that incredible smile, and
then Tuesday continued on like normal.