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These ‘Actors on Actors’ pairings have the internet riled up

The time has come once again for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, which pairs Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars for candid one-on-one conversations. The outlet just announced the 12 celebrity pairings for the series’ 20th season, and the internet has hot takes galore.

Among the more standard pairings of acclaimed actors like Jodie Foster and Robert Downey Jr., Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm, and Naomi Watts and Jonathan Bailey, one name stood out like a sore thumb: Kim Kardashian.

Kardashian will apparently be sitting down with Chloë Sevigny, whose decades-long acting career has earned her acclaim and awards recognition, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Kardashian, meanwhile, only recently seriously stepped into the acting world with a role on the latest season of American Horror Story (unless you also count her voice roles for the Paw Patrol movies).

That’s not to say Kardashian and Sevigny will have nothing to talk about. Both have been on American Horror Story, and both could be called internet it-girls. But for a series ostensibly all about the art of acting, featuring someone like Kardashian who’s not exactly known for their acting career is, to put it lightly, a choice — one the internet isn’t happy about.

Plenty are making up their own pairings with similar vibes — though to be fair, a conversation between Daniel Day Lewis and JoJo Siwa would undoubtedly be iconic.

Then there’s a pairing with strong queer vibes, despite featuring two ostensibly straight actors: Nicholas Galitzine and Leo Woodall. Both made names for themselves playing gay, Galitzine as a closeted prince in Red, White & Royal Blue (among numerous other queer projects) and Woodall as a duplicitous escort in The White Lotus.

To public knowledge, the two are only queer on-screen, not off. Woodall’s never publicly stated his sexuality but is in a relationship with his White Lotus costar Meghann Fahy, while Galitzine has explicitly referred to himself as a straight man (prompting, naturally, a fresh round of industry discourse). It’s only fair that gays get to poke fun at the duo if they’re portraying them on screen, and poke fun they did.

Will Galitzine and Woodall touch on how queerness has played into their careers? Only time will tell. This season of Actors on Actors will begin on June 3, with one conversation premiering on Variety each day through June 14.

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