With films to his credit like Drive, Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Oscar Isaac has worked with an astonishing array of acclaimed directors and created an enviable cavalcade of fascinating characters. And in a charming video interview from GQ, this Pajiba 10 honoree breaks down his most iconic roles and answers a bunch of questions we didn’t know we had!
What did he learn from working with the Coen Bros? Which director does Isaac describe as a “West Coast jazz musician?” Which director proved an unexpected inspiration for his performance in Ex Machina? Which movie was “excruciating” for him?
What’s so rad about this interview isn’t just the peek behind the scenes of a string of incredible movies (and X-Men: Apocalypse), it’s that each segment reveals Isaac’s passion for his craft. You see how he relishes building story, developing character, and learning new things to enhance his performance. And you see all of that onscreen, alive in every frame of his work.