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Renée Zellweger told Tom Hanks about the time she taped a beer commercial dressed in a bikini. Brad Pitt revealed to Adam Sandler that he sometimes ponders what might have been had he tried his hand at stand-up comedy. And Sterling K. Brown wanted to know — as we all do — how to be as self-possessed as Laura Dern when he grows up. The latest edition of our Emmy Award-winning series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” brings together the season’s defining movie stars for candid discussions where work, life and inspiration are all on the table. In time for Oscar season, we present 24 actors whose performances lead the conversation, in conversation with one another. Read the edited interviews ahead of their airing on PBS SoCal starting at 8 p.m. PT on Jan. 2.

Interviews by
Ramin Setoodeh,
Kate Aurthur and
Daniel D’Addario

Photography portfolio by
Art Streiber

Chris Evans
& Scarlett Johansson

Brad Pitt
& Adam Sandler

Laura Dern and Sterling K. Brown

Antonio Banderas & Eddie Murphy

Jennifer Lopez & Robert Pattinson

Shia LaBeouf
& Kristen Stewart

Renée Zellweger & Tom Hanks

Adam Driver
& Charlize Theron

Cynthia Erivo
& Alfre Woodard

Mindy
Kaling & Constance Wu

Florence Pugh
& Beanie Feldstein

Taron
Egerton
& Awkwafina

Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson

Brad Pitt
& Adam Sandler

Sterling K. Brown & Laura Dern

Antonio
Bandares &
Eddie Murphy

Jennifer Lopez
& Robert Pattinson

Shia Labeouf
& Kristen Stewart

Renée
Zellweger &
Tom Hanks

Adam Driver
& Charlize Theron

Cynthia Erivo
& Alfre Woodard

Mindy Kaling
& Constance Wu

Florence Pugh
& Beanie Feldstein

Taron
Egerton & Awkwafina