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The British-American actor finds success onstage, on-screen, and on spider webs.
Andrew Garfield is the rare young superhero-movie star whose origin story includes real acting. Before scoring the title role in this summer’s wildly premature, huge-anyway Spider-Man reboot, the half-British Garfield impressed critics and premium directors with compelling performances in small movies like Boy A (as a newly released ex-con), Lions for Lambs (as a spoiled rich kid), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (as a young magician), and Never Let Me Go (as a clone created for organ harvesting). In 2010, he graduated to Person You May Know status in David Fincher’s The Social Network, for which he earned BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as a screwed-over Facebook co-founder.
In a gritty, post-Dark Knight Hollywood, where it takes pathos to properly fill out a spandex suit, Garfield’s dramatic range makes him an attractive proposition to studios looking to give their tentpoles a little weight — especially after The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $341 million internationally in its opening weekend (and his off-screen relationship with co-star Emma Stone made him a target for tabloids). But lest you worry about Garfield ditching prestige for paychecks, his next move after Spider-Man was a Tony-nominated role as Biff Loman in Mike Nichols’ Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman.
The Spunky Girl Next Door
She’s smart, funny, and relatable, but don’t limit her to best-friend roles.
Ever since Superbad, Emma Stone’s big eyes, raspy chortle, and lovable, quirky spunk made her the girl you wanted to see in as many scenes as possible. (And on as many magazine covers as possible. She’s graced nine of the major titles in five years, from New York to Vogue.) Recall her kooked-out road warrior in Zombieland, her good-girl-going-bad in Easy A (in which she also sang, revealing a pretty impressive set of pipes).
On one hand, she’s a hoot, a casual master of comic gesture and timing; on the other… well, you entirely understand why horndog Ryan Gosling fell hard after just talking to her all night in Crazy, Stupid, Love. And she may well have more to show us: Although caught in the prop wash of powerful performances by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in The Help, she anchored the film.
While all The Amazing Spider-Man requires of her is to play the love interest, her stalwart Gwen Stacy warms the picture and almost makes you forget about the silly lizard. Her subsequent romance with co-star Andrew Garfield appears cute and normal by Hollywood standards. (Look for them together again in the next Spider-Man installment, out in 2014.) Next up for our gal is a reteam with Gosling in Gangster Squad, a period piece that’ll give her a chance to deploy something new: straight-up sex appeal.
See the whole list here: Vulture