Thursday morning, Time magazine released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People. As they do each year, they invited some equally big stars to write about each person on the list. Here are some of our favorite pairings.
The love affair between Kanye West and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is a long and highly documented one. West cited him as one of his idols — along with William Shakespeare, Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, David Stern, and Henry Ford — at Bonnaroo in 2014 during a now infamous monologue. He's also said in multiple interviews that he suggested to President Obama that he sit down with Musk. Apparently the respect is mutual.
"Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn't believe in false modesty, and he shouldn't."
Martha Stewart certainly knows a thing or two about building an empire and she deems Kim Kardashian the "first lady of #fame" and justifies the title by noting her 29 million followers on Instagram, 31 million on Twitter, and "appointment" TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. We couldn't have spelled it out better ourselves.
"Beautiful in an exotic, totally exaggerated way, Kim exudes energy, sexuality, drama, determination, impetuousness and happiness. But she and her famous, entrepreneurial siblings—shepherded by a savvy, tireless matriarch—have also expanded the very definition of family. ... They work hard, and they stick together through thick and thin. ... Are they indeed today’s Brady Bunch? Where does Kim go from here? There seem to be very few barriers to further explosive success."
This pairing, between The Divine Miss O and the man behind Empire and The Butler, is certainly more obvious, but no less fruitful.
"His eyes and ears are attuned to nuance. He knows how to rattle the nerves of the zeitgeist. He is an undeniable, singular voice, the likes of which we’ve rarely seen."
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are perhaps forever bound by Kaling's brilliant invention, the Wreath Witherspoon, on her show, The Mindy Project. But the affection doesn't stop at an admiration for Witherspoon's enviably pun-able name.
"Reese is an artist, but she is also a hustler, a quality I recognized in her the first time I met her. She’s impatient that Hollywood won’t generate the kind of quality roles she wants to play, so she creates quality roles by creating quality movies."
Bradley Cooper and Oliver Platt met in 2007 while the two were playing closeted lovers on Nip/Tuck. If that doesn't sound like the basis for a lifelong friendship, we don't know what is.
"It’s hard to make people, especially your friends, forget who you are onscreen. But Bradley’s that good. And I think we’ve seen only a hint of what’s to come."
What. A. Combination. Just look at those two names again! Sometimes this world is such a thrilling place to live.
"[Julianna]’s not afraid to dream big and do what she loves, whether it’s in her acting career, in her advocacy or being a mom. It’s because of women like Julianna that I know we can and will change the world."
Tilda Swinton wrote Amy Schumer a poem. Because Tilda Swinton is Tilda Swinton.
"Amy’s got your back.
She’s in your corner.
She’s an honesty bomb.
And she’s coming for you."
Having Chris Pratt's old Parks and Recreation co-star/boss write about him is an obvious choice, yes, then again, Amy Poehler has had a front row seat in watching Pratt transform from a fluffy, goofy sidekick into a smoking hot action star.
"Pratt may spend the next few years riding horses or chasing comets, but he can land a joke with a natural ease that most people spend a lifetime trying to achieve."
Chris Rock's got a really good humblebrag about Kevin Hart coming in 3... 2... 1...
"Right now, Kev is the biggest stand-up comedian in the country. I don’t even think there’s a No. 2, to be honest. I wrote, directed and starred in Top Five with Kevin Hart."
From the picture that Tom Ford paints, Julianne Moore is every bit as lovely and wonderful as you've just been assuming she was for the past couple decades.
"Julianne is one of the greatest actresses working today, but she’s also a wonderful human being. I am honored to call her my friend."
Keep in mind that Taylor Swift named her second cat after Mariska Hargitay's Law & Order: SVU character, Det. Olivia Benson, so there's probably no one more thrilled about this pairing than Taylor Swift herself.
"Both literally and figuratively, she’s a woman who writes her own songs."
There's no telling what figuratively writing a song means...
Ohmygod of course Taylor Swift loves the Barefoot Contessa.
"As soon as I started watching Ina’s show, I realized why so many people adore her. Her goal is to make things easier for us. Fans love her warmth and generosity. She shows us how to create memories that we’ll treasure for years to come. For that, we will always cherish the merry and magnificent Ina Garten."
God bless. God. Bless.