As usual, it’s a question of cred: awards, box office, ratings, activism or twitter trending. Here are some of the notable pairings and highlights from this year’s TIME 100:
Mindy Kaling on Reese Witherspoon: “Reese is an artist, but she is also a hustler, a quality I recognized in her the first time I met her. She’s impatient that Hollywood won’t generate the kind of quality roles she wants to play, so she creates quality roles by creating quality movies. That resourcefulness is what makes her someone I not only admire, but someone who inspires me. And that is influence.”
Oliver Platt on Bradley Cooper: “It’s hard to make people, especially your friends, forget who you are on-screen. But Bradley’s that good. And I think we’ve only seen a hint of what’s to come.” Watch: video interview with Bradley Cooper.
Amy Poehler on Chris Pratt: “Chris Pratt is here to save us. From aliens, dinosaurs, and general boredom. America has decided he is their next big movie star and I understand why. It’s not because of his broad shoulders and humble roots. It’s not because he looks like the perfect combination of a guy you know mixed with a guy you want to be.”
Jill Abramson on Emma Watson: “Her HeForShe speech at Davos was an Internet sensation, but unsurprisingly, it drew the typical antifeminist rants and even some threats. Watson chose to highlight the moving letters she has received from fathers who tell her they are investing new hope in the future for their daughters. But she was also frank about the bullying tactics of her detractors and one site that made an empty threat to release nude photos. Her confident and cool reaction: “If they were trying to put me off, they did the opposite.”