TIME has unveiled its 100 Most Influential People edition, with some select names from film making the cut: Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Amy Adams, Kerry Washington, Matthew McConaughey, Robin Wright and Benedict Cumberbatch among them. Below, check out what fellow celebs have to say about the stars.
Plus, it's a "banner" year for women on the TIME list: a record 41 female names are featured. Woo hoo? Let's hope next year it's 50 -- or, you know, even more than that.
Lupita Nyong'o on Steve McQueen:
I think Steve is a genius at what he does, but he doesn’t impose his genius on you. It really feels collaborative and exploratory to work with him. What he managed to create was a sacred space where everyone respected the story we were telling. He gave us reassurance that this was for something bigger than all of us.
Richard Linklater on Matthew McConaughey:
He’s the guy on the court who elevates the rest of the team. Look at The Wolf of Wall Street—that chest-thumping thing Leo DiCaprio’s character runs with, that’s a little thing Matthew actually does. There are stars that suck up all the energy in the room—Matthew maximizes the energy and shares it.
Another line that grew out of his character in Dazed was “Just keep livin’.” He was very specific about it not having a g. Life’s a verb, he said, and all these years later, it’s clear he’s in this thing for the long run.
Emily Blunt on Amy Adams:
That’s what I love most about Amy — she’s silly and funny and dirty. And she’s incredibly honest. She’s self-admittedly terrible at small talk and hiding her feelings, which I really admire in an industry full of gush. She’s also spooky-good at her job. There’s a certain mystique about Amy that helps the audience go with her on this chameleon of a career, from Enchanted to The Fighter to American Hustle. And I don’t think she’s discovered her full bag of tricks even yet.
Colin Firth on Benedict Cumberbatch:
It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage — and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there’s no getting around it.
He must be stopped.
Harvey Weinstein on Robert Redford:
He has only one fault. Over the past 20 years, we’ve been going out to lunch. Bob always gets away without paying the bill. I saw him a couple of months ago and reminded him of that, and he said, “You pick the place and the expensive wine and I’m in.” We dined for 31⁄2 hours, drank expensive wine and told some whoppers of stories. As we walked out of Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar, the woman came for the check. Bob patted his pants and sport jacket and said he didn’t have his wallet. It was as good a performance as I’ve seen, and made me laugh so hard that I put it on my account.
Valerie Jarrett on Kerry Washington:
In a world that too often tells little girls to choose between womanhood and success, between femininity and a seat at the head of the table, both onscreen and off Kerry Washington embodies the promise that lives in all our young people to shape their own destinies and succeed as “gladiators” for the causes in which they believe.
Naomi Watts on Robin Wright:
When I worked with her on the film Adore, I was left with my eyes popping and jaw slack. I found myself rendered speechless, searching for my dialogue — because I literally forgot I was on a movie set. Her process was invisible yet so present. Her wild intensity beams extraordinary light — it bleeds into every actor she works with and audience member who watches her.