PHOTOS: Juergen Teller Shoots Brightest Stars For W Magazine

W Magazine compiles a series of Juergen Teller-shot portraits of what it calls the year’s “brightest stars” in its February issue, including Hollywood vets like Richard Gere and Daniel Day Lewis alongside hot young things like Jessica Chastain, Garret Hedlund, Dreama Walker, and Dree Hemingway. The photos are beautiful and unstructured, and it’s always a pleasure to see our glitzy red-carpet celebs in a less stylized setting, even if the whole thing reads a little hipsterish (Gere holding a retro camera? A sleepy Javier Bardem wrapped, inexplicably, in a dirty felt blanket?).

It’s like your Instagram feed, if your friends were world-class beauties who snapped selfies while garbed in the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Burberry Prorsum, and Oscar de la Renta.

The stars sound off on a whole horde of topics, like filming love scenes, influential movies they’ve seen, and the typical before-they-were-famous cutesy moments. Naomi Watts claims she’s all but invisible to passers-by when she steps out with husband Liev Schrieber, which is a trifle hard to swallow — I saw her once at Le Pain Quotidien, and believe you me, the two gentlemen who were accompanying me were very aware of her presence. Amy Adams cops to having had a serious crush on Leonardo DiCaprio when she met him on the set of 2002′s Catch Me If You Can, and ultimately resigning herself to unrequited affection: “There I was with pigtails, looking not at all like Gisele, who he was dating at the time. I figured my chances were pretty slim so I just focused on the work.” Dree Hemingway emphatically states that she is not into porn, while posing topless. And everyone’s favorite wunderkind, Quvenzhane Wallis, explains what drives her most nutty about acting:

“When I watch a movie, I think, Not her, not her. I should have been in that movie! That’s my part. Why can’t they have a little sister? Why couldn’t they put me in that? I get so mad and frustrated.”

Click through the gallery below to see some of our favorite shots.

[W Magazine]

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