Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world is typically star studded, featuring names like Justin Timberlake, Michelle Obama, LeBron James, and Jay-Z to name a few.
What's more interesting about the list than this guessable roster of luminaries is that Time takes the admiration a step further: The bold names receive tributes from their famous pals.
Omg! found five of the most surprising love letters from famous fans of the influencers ...
Baz Luhrman on Beyoncé. We'd sooner expect the aforementioned First Lady, Gwyneth Paltrow or even her husband Jay-Z to praise the diva. "Great Gatsby" director Luhrman stepped up to salute Queen Bey (she contributed a song on the "Gatsby" soundtrack, and the pair previously worked together on a musical number for the Oscars).
We all know Baz has an affection for pop music, but in his missive the star gets a crown much larger than ruler of the charts.
"When Beyoncé does anything, it’s an event, and it’s broadly influential. Right now, she is the heir-apparent diva of the USA -- the reigning national voice," he said.
Celine Dion on Christina Aguilera. Celine isn't very visible these days, but still has a brand notorious for quality.
How interesting, then, that she offers buckets of praise for the polarizing Aguilera. There's no debating Xtina's voice, or the success of her NBC franchise "The Voice," but Aguilera takes her lumps in the press and plenty of side eye from peers in the business.
"Technically, I think, she’s flawless," Dion declared. " ... unbelievable voice, great dancer, and so very beautiful."
It's nice to see divas sticking together.
That time Jon Hamm saw Bryan Cranston in his underwear. "Breaking Bad" star Cranston has both civilian and celebrity fans, but we were charmed to see fellow AMC employee Hamm offer up an anecdote about how they met -- when Bryan was in his skivvies.
"The first time I met Bryan Cranston, he was standing in his underwear," Hamm recalled.
"He was in a rubber chemistry apron, tighty whities, and desert boots, while I was in an impeccably tailored 1960s suit, with slicked-back hair and a cigarette dangling from my mouth ... we were simply two actors, in costume and out of context."
While Hamm goes on to call Cranston "friendly, funny, gregarious, humble, and lovely," we can't help but smirk: Hamm isn't so quick to share when it comes to the topic of his own underwear!
[Related: A Closer Look at The Time 100 TV Honorees]
Jodie Foster on Jennifer Lawrence. The last time we saw Foster waxing philosophical about a young actress, it was in a confusing editorial about a scandal-ridden Kristen Stewart.
While Foster demonized a cruel business and media cycle for KStew's troubles, she takes to the task of saluting Jennifer Lawrence with a much sunnier disposition.
"Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be," Jodie writes. "It's just part of her, like skin and muscle. The good news is that Jen, her good-humored, ballsy, free-spirited alter ego with the husky voice and a propensity for junk food ... that Jen's got it together."
Claire Danes rallies for Lena Dunham. You'd be hard pressed to find two different leading ladies of cable than Danes and Dunham.
Claire is controlled, striking, so brilliant in her craft that she needs another mantle for the gold trophies awarded to her. Culturally, she's a dogged actress with pedigree and an aspirational persona.
Lena is a warts-and-all experiment that constantly has her art imitating her life (imitating her art). Sure, the nudity conversation is exhausted, with her dark and expansive tattoos and frank conversations about narcissism. And she defends herself vehemently.
We wouldn't guess Claire would be such a fan, but she sure is.
"She is unflinchingly, unnervingly honest. She exposes, beneath all that bare skin, a multitude of shortcomings: acute self-involvement, obsessive-compulsive behavior, overeating, oversharing," Danes wrote.
"Lena's unique lack of vanity or shame allows us to consider that we may also be able to accept and express ourselves fully ... it turns out that girls don't just want to have fun. They also want to be known for who they really are."
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