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Brie Larson, Taylor Swift, Emilia Clarke, Richard Madden among Time's 100 most influential people

  • Published at 08:48 pm April 18th, 2019
Time 100 2019 people
Stars from 'Game of Thrones' tv series, Emilia Clarke and Richard Madden, singer Taylor Swift and actor Brie Larson made it to the list of Time's 100 Most Influential People | Facebook

Their colleagues and friends, including several other celebrities, have written about them inside the issue

Celebrities from the entertainment world, an athlete, the speaker of the US House of Representatives and a journalist are on the cover of Time’s annual issue honouring the "100 Most Influential People in the World”.

Dwayne Johnson, Taylor Swift, Sandra Oh, Gayle King, football star Mohamed Salah and Nancy Pelosi have made it to the list, according to an exclusive report from USA Today.

Their colleagues and friends, including several other celebrities, have written about them inside the issue.

Gal Gadot had this to say about "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson: "There is no one in Hollywood quite like him." She also applauded his work ethic and complimented him for establishing "an environment on set filled with warmth and positivity."

Singer Shawn Mendes, who worked with Taylor Swift, said: "Taylor makes anyone older feel young again, and anyone young feel they can do anything. It is so rare and so special. If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it is that."

Creator of "Grey's Anatomy" Shonda Rhimes said it was the highlight of her career to write for Sandra Oh, who worked on the medical drama playing Dr Cristina Yang for 10 years, before taking the lead role in "Killing Eve", which has already won an Emmy-nomination.

Rhimes wrote about Oh that she "treats dialogue like notes of music – every word must be played, every syllable correctly toned." 

The producer also acknowledged her as a trailblazer with regards to diversity on TV. 

"With her nuanced characters, Sandra Oh has chosen to fearlessly take up space in a universe that has not always made space for her," Rhimes added. "Now, the power of her talented presence makes space for others."

Director Ava DuVernay was satisfied with the fact that "CBS This Morning" anchor Gayle King is finally receiving this honour, thanks to high-profile interviews like her two-part R Kelly exclusive in March.

"The fact that this year she is being lauded as one of the all-time great broadcast interviewers is simply the perfect signifier," the director wrote, albeit "a few decades overdue."

Others on the list include Regina King, Lady Gaga, Brie Larson, Spike Lee, Emilia Clarke, Ariana Grande, Mahershala Ali, Glenn Close, Ryan Murphy, Rami Malek, Chrissy Teigen, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Khalid, and Hasan Minhaj. 

Former first lady Michelle Obama is also on the list, through the choice of Beyoncé Knowles.

"Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice," wrote Beyoncé, who famously performed for  the Obamas at an inaugural ball in 2009. "It was something that came naturally," she added. 

Beyoncé also wrote, "Michelle would’ve been impactful simply by being in the White House, the first African-American First Lady. But she also used her position of power to improve the world around her. She empowers all of us to interrogate our fears and surpass greatness."

Other honouree/profile author pairings:

Emilia Clarke by Emma Thompson

Richard Madden by Kenneth Branagh

Alex Morgan by Mia Hamm

Rami Malek by Robert Downey Jr

Glenn Close by Robert Redford

LeBron James by Warren Buffett

Ryan Murphy by Jessica Lange

Naomi Osaka by Chris Evert

Ozuna by Daddy Yankee

Mohamed Salah by John Oliver

Mark Zuckerberg by Sean Parker

Hasan Minhaj by Trevor Noah

Brie Larson by Tessa Thompson