The Emmy Award–winning actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II takes the cover story of W Magazine‘s The New Originals edition lensed and styled by fashion photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. In charge of grooming was beauty artist Kim Keusen at Artistspool.
I was excited to hear about the additional role, and it turns out that being naked on set is liberating! Acting without clothes is a little like acting when you’re exhausted. When I’m tired, I do my best work. When you’re naked and painted blue, you don’t have the energy to care about other things. I studied the character beforehand, I did a few push-ups, and then I took off the robe. Being naked and having the audacity to be Doctor Manhattan, who runs the galaxy, was very freeing. And that surprised me, because I’m usually very reserved. I don’t mind awkward silences. – Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on portraying Doctor Manhattan in HBO’s Watchmen.
You can watch Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in The Trial of the Chicago 7 movie, which is streaming on Netflix now.
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