The Oscar-nominated actor leads an all-star cast on Empire, Lee Daniels’ series about the dark side of hip-hop. “I know I’m going to have to probably dig into some ugly places in my life to bring the character to life,” she told BuzzFeed News. — Kelley L. Carter
Jack Falahee, Matt McGorry, Aja Naomi King, Alfred Enoch, and Karla Souza talked instafame, working with Viola Davis, and their secret slumber parties in an exclusive roundtable interview with BuzzFeed News. — Jarett Wieselman
Arquette has gone directly from winning an Oscar for Boyhood to starring in CBS’s new crime drama, CSI: Cyber. BuzzFeed News talked to her about her feminist Oscars speech, the freakout that followed, her appreciation of television, and her early film roles. — Kate Aurthur
9. Regina King
“You have to dream it. You have to say it. And then you have to put in the work to achieve it,” said King in an interview with BuzzFeed News. This year, she appeared on American Crime, directed her first episode of Scandal, and starred on The Leftovers. — Kelley L. Carter
On the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and writer-director Joss Whedon discussed the challenges of bringing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into the Marvel Cinematic Universe — especially when one of them was also in an X-Men movie. — Adam B. Vary
19. Holly Madison
“I call myself a born-again feminist,” the author of Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny told BuzzFeed News, detailing the hell that was her life with Hefner from 2001 to 2008. — Kate Aurthur
20. Emma Myles
Leanne Taylor (Emma Myles) had the most shocking backstory of any of the characters on Orange Is the New Black. Myles talked to BuzzFeed News about how the storyline was almost spoiled for her, meeting Meryl Streep, and how the show changed her life. — Jaimie Etkin
28. Ellen Page
Only a few years ago, Ellen Page thought she could never come out publicly. Now, her new movie Freeheld marks an important step in the marriage equality movement — and it’s just the start of a new stage in her career, she tells BuzzFeed News. — Kate Aurthur
36. Tessa Thompson
Following breakout roles in Dear White People and Selma, the actor told BuzzFeed News she continues to seek out unconventional characters of style and substance, just like her role in Creed. — Jarett Wieselman
With roles in three of 2015’s biggest projects — Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens — the actor has the kind of platform she always dreamed of. But Christie told BuzzFeed News how she was repeatedly told it would never happen. — Jarett Wieselman
39. Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson has been everywhere in 2015, from the lethal sci-fi thriller Ex Machina to the sweet Irish romance Brooklyn, to two of the year’s most anticipated movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant. But, as the actor told BuzzFeed News, he would just as soon you only paid attention to his work, and not to him. —Adam B. Vary
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