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Andrew Garfield Thinks Everyone Needs a Good Priest in Their Lives

The star of Hacksaw Ridge and Silence joins the Little Gold Men podcast to reveal how he found real Hollywood friends, how he survives the hubbub of awards season, and what Mel Gibson did to make his way back into the center of the industry.

He may not have taken the stage to win a statue for his nominated performance in Hacksaw Ridge, but Andrew Garfield had two moments at Sunday‘s Golden Globes that had everyone talking the next day. First there was the liplock, barely caught by the camera, he shared with Deadpool nominee Ryan Reynolds, just as Ryan Gosling took the stage for his own award. And then, when Gosling’s La La Land co-star Emma Stone won her own statue, Garfield was seen giving her a standing ovation—notable, given that Stone is his ex.

“We care about each other so much, and that’s a given, that’s kind of this unconditional thing,” he says on this week’s Little Gold Men podcast. “There’s so much love between us and so much respect [. . .] I’m her biggest fan as an artist. So for me, it’s been bliss to be able to watch her success and watch her bloom into the actress that she is. And it’s also been wonderful to have that kind of support for each other. It’s nothing but a beautiful thing.”

Garfield also tells hosts Mike Hogan, Richard Lawson, and Katey Rich about the various challenges of awards season and a life in Hollywood, where it’s very easy to “look for love in all the wrong places,” as Garfield puts it. Luckily, the guidance of everyone from Mike Nichols to Jonah Hill has helped him stay grounded. At the Golden Globes, he says, “I was overwhelmed that I had such sincere, authentic Hollywood friends. Which I don’t think is a common occurrence. I had about seven or eight real, true anchors in that room and in the parties following. Emma of course is one, Claire Foy is another, Laura Dern. Eddie Redmayne, Jonah Hill . . . these are people that I actually love in a real, sincere way, and I believe they love me back. I was just struck with this deep gratitude.”

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Andrew for ShortList

Andrew Garfield is about to tell what he confidently describes as a “very ShortList story”. He sets aside his plate of grilled beef and salad, and leaps up from the sofa in order to act it out properly.

“It was 2010, around the time of The Social Network,” he says, pacing the room. “I was being invited to all these LA parties, and three of my mates from home [Epsom, Surrey] came out for one. Everyone there was famous, and we didn’t know what to do, so we ended up creating a little square in the middle of the room, looking in at each other. We couldn’t think of anything to say, so my mate George says, ‘Let’s all say “rhubarb”.’ So we’re all just standing there, these four tall, awkward English boys, muttering ‘rhubarb’. And then at one point, oh my God…”

He breaks off to literally – this is no exaggeration – shake with laughter. “At one point, my mate James accidentally kissed Taylor Swift on the ear! We finally started talking to people, and as we were leaving Taylor Swift says, ‘Bye guys,’ and James leans in, but he doesn’t know if it’s a hug or what, so for some reason he just… kisses her on the ear.” More shaking. He regains composure for the final chapter. “Then at the end of the night – and I won’t explain how this happened – all four of us ended up dancing in pyjamas at Quincy Jones’s house.”

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Andrew Joined ‘Angels in America’

The revival of Tony Kushner’s epic two-part play about life under the Aids crisis in 1980s New York will open in April this year, and is one of the hottest tickets of the 2017 theatre calendar.

Angels in America cast includes Hollywood star Andrew Garfield, stage and screen favourite Russell Tovey, and Olivier award winner Denise Gough, whose performance in Duncan Macmillan’s People Places and Things was compared to Mark Rylance’s in Jerusaleum.

The production will be directed by Marianne Elliott, most well-known for directing War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Garfield, who plays Prior Walter, said that the play “feels so very urgent at this moment, for all our souls,” whilst James McArdle, playing Louis Ironson, described it as “one of the greatest plays of the 20th century”.

Angels in America runs at the National Theatre from April 11. It will also be broadcast as an NT Live screening.


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“I Will Survive” for W Magazine

With the inauguration fast approaching, an all-star cast of Hollywood celebrities come together to improvise the 1979 hit “I Will Survive.” Among those channeling their inner Gloria Gaynor are Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld, Felicity Jones, and Taraji P. Henson, the stars of the season’s finest films, and of W’s annual Best Performances portfolio.