Adrien Brody does not give off the smooth-talking, sound bite–heavy suaveness that defines so many of his contemporaries. He is eloquent and humble, his voice deep and his laugh infectious, his words thoughtful and sincere; from our winter 2008 issue.
John Krasinski is so consistently gracious that it is something of a trademark. Like so many actors, he has paid his dues. Before nabbing the role of Jim Halpert, he worked as a waiter, did readings of off-Broadway plays, and interned at Late Night with Conan O’Brien; from our winter 2012 issue.
If you’ve ever seen Elijah Wood in Wilfred, one of TV’s most surreal comedies ever, you quickly realize there’s a lot more to this guy than Frodo, the life-changing role he played in the three Lord of the Rings films, and which he is reprising for The Hobbit; from our summer 2012 issue.
When Ethan Hawke hears something he wants to remember, he whips out a ballpoint pen and scribbles it on his arm. It’s a Holden Caulfield–like habit, self-consciously literary, but endearing nonetheless; from our winter 2011 issue.
An actor in demand, Vera Farmiga is best known for playing George Clooney’s high-flying love interest in the critically acclaimed film Up in the Air (for which she garnered an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress), as well as her appearances in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed andindie hit Down to the Bone. She is celebrated for her soulful face, especially her eyes, and her serene beauty is just as captivating in person; from our autumn 2011 issue.
There is something about Neve Campbell, perhaps a sense of vulnerability wrapped around an inner core of intelligence and strength, that applies to virtually everything she has done; from our summer 2008 issue.
There are many ways to change the world. March in a protest. Love someone. Make a movie. Watch one. Sarah Polley has done these things, though like most people she probably wouldn’t quantify them as life-changing; from our spring 2007 issue.
Innocently stating that he “just started working,” Roy Dupuis has gently wandered from one success to the next. He seems not to pursue fame or celebrity; they seem to be chasing him. Not many actors have it that easy; from our autumn 2001 issue.
Magnetic, energizing, award worthy. When it comes to the “it” factor, that undefinable quality that draws in audiences, this group of studied actors has it in droves. From the silver screen to the small screen, on- or off-Broadway, and even when dipping behind the camera, these thespians possess a desire to constantly challenge themselves and tell stories that matter. Some are known for their humility, a prized trait in a jaded industry, while others have a desire to carve their own path, choosing roles of depth and merit where other colleagues may look for the box office boom.
In celebration of our 15th anniversary, we look back at the celebrated actors who have more than played their part.