Lady Gaga on the time Bradley Cooper made her use a makeup wipe for her "A Star Is Born" screen test:
"I, at first, was very nervous. I did do a screen test for this film and I remember very vividly that Bradley [Cooper] requested that I have no makeup on for the screen test. So I did my 'no makeup' makeup, and we filmed it in my home," Lady Gaga told Wonderwall.com. "I came down the stairs and Bradley, he came up to me … looked at my face and he said, 'Can I have a makeup wipe please?' So I handed him a makeup wipe and he went down my face and looked at it, and there was all that 'no makeup' makeup. So, I learned very quickly what was required of me — and it was not just an outward transformation. It was an inner transformation I had to undergo." She continued, "For Allie, I had to be vulnerable in a way that I didn't really know that I had. I had to create something within myself. So, to follow in the footsteps of [Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland], it's very intimidating. And yet, what was very freeing was that I knew that the vision that Bradley had was to create a new movie — a retelling and a remake of this story but in a completely new way. It was a real challenge for me, but an honor."
Glenn Close on her grandmother's unfulfilled dream of being an actress:
"We shot it before the #MeToo movement even existed, and here we are. So it's, like, serendipitous. Something about 'The Wife' … it just touched a very deep nerve about relationships and — just across the board — something that I think a lot of people have felt, especially women. I think of all the women who are unfulfilled. I'm wearing my grandmother's wedding ring. She was married in 1920 and she was, again, a really fascinating, interesting, original woman. After she died, her best friend came — we were having tea on the lawn — and she said, 'You know what … her one dream was, the one thing she really wanted to do?' And I said, 'No.' She said, 'She wanted to be an actress, and she wasn't allowed.'"
Claire Foy on not being sleep deprived during this awards season:
"I think the main difference for me has been that I haven't been working at the same time. All the other years I've been lucky enough to come to any [awards], I had to get on a plane and come straight home. So it's quite nice not to have to worry about how many hours sleep I have to get. I can just enjoy it and be here. I'm really proud of 'First Man,' and it's such a wonderful group of people to be spending time with."
Regina King on her Oscar buzz:
"Here's the thing, it feels taboo to talk about it. I don't want to jinx it. I want to continue to take each moment as it comes and appreciate it when it's here. I kind of feel like sometimes we get so ahead of ourselves. We don't take the time to smell the flowers when they're around us blooming. So, each moment I'm taking it as a moment that I'm able to celebrate with our crew [and] cast members."
John Krasinski on the upcoming "A Quiet Place" sequel:
"I don't feel pressure because it's something that I wasn't expecting to do. We made this movie to be one really special movie that we love, but we totally understand why it would be a sequel. I wasn't expecting to do it. Then, I gotta say, the thing that hit me was most sequels have a hero or a villain coming back, and you have to create the world around you. We have the exact opposite experience. We have this whole world to explore, and who knows who the villains or the heroes can be in there. So, it's sort of exploring the rest of the world."
Ben Whishaw on why he's OK with straight actors playing gay roles:
"I really just feel that it should be equal for everybody. Of course I want to see gay actors playing gay roles, but I think straight actors should also play those roles. Whoever's right for the part. I think it should be an even situation."
Patricia Clarkson on the types of roles she's looking for following "Sharp Objects":
"Anything that I haven't ventured into. I'm looking for something to take me to a place I maybe haven't thought of, which would be the best of all — something shocking, something new, something different, something that genuinely excites me."
Holly Taylor on saying goodbye to "The Americans":
"It feels really surreal. I still haven't processed not going back for another season. It was just so fun to work on and, hopefully, I can find something at the same level, intensity and brilliance. It was always a pleasure. [The cast] is the nicest, most humble, most hardworking people — slways prepared everyday and never complained. They're so great and a really great example for me."
"Genius" and "Glow" actor Alex Rich on his breakout year:
"It's insane. I did my audition in my Valley Village apartment, so to get flown to Europe for five, six months and be able to work with Antonio Banderas — and being able to play Picasso — it's nuts and a whirlwind."
Dominique Jackson on the upcoming second season of "Pose":
"I have absolutely no idea [what's next]. This is the phenomenal thing about working with Mr. [Ryan] Murphy. You walk in and he knows, he respects, understands and believes that you're talented. So he pushes you. We don't know what's happening until we see the script, and then, when you see the script, it's a week before you have to get into character. It's beautiful. It distracts from the discrimination, marginalization, the prejudice that, as a trans-woman, I face."