Vamps, Crooks and Killers

Mia Wasikowska is featured with 12 other actors in The New York Times 2011 Portfolio, where all of them get the chance to play iconic villains.

Mia Wasikowska as the Home Wrecker

On her favorite 
screen villains: ‘‘I really like Bob from
‘Twin Peaks.’ He’s so minimal but has so much impact. And there’s Jack
from ‘The Shining.’ It’s so classic and terrifying to watch someone
descend into madness.’’

Best Performances in 2011: “Albert Nobbs,” “Jane Eyre,” “Restless

Brad Pitt as the Madman
On whom he’s channeling: ‘‘Peter Lorre — with a dose of Kramer.’’

Best Performances in 2011: “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life

Rooney Mara as the Sociopath

On portraying Alex from ‘‘A Clockwork Orange’’: ‘‘There is
something off about Alex, something slightly androgynous and something
much more fascinating and complex than simply a ‘villain.’ I also knew
it would save me time in hair and makeup with only having to apply one
fake eyelash.’’

Best Performance in 2011: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Gary Oldman as the Menacing Dummy

On the spookiness of dummies: ‘‘I used to have one of those
dolls when I was a kid. They’re creepy to have in the room. When I got
older, I got into archery, and he became my target. So I put it to

Best Performance in 2011: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Kirsten Dunst as the Siren

On the proper way to play a femme fatale: ‘‘The key was the kind of sweet flirtation — to look at the camera in an almost vampiric way.’’

Best Performance in 2011: “Melancholia

Jean Dujardinas as the Hothead

On how to lose your cool: ‘‘Inevitably, I thought of Martin
Scorsese’s ‘Raging Bull.’ That helped me find inspiration to get into an
angry state of mind.’’

Best Performance in 2011: “The Artist

George Clooney as the Tyrant

On playing bad: ‘‘I picked Captain Bligh because I liked his
hat. Bad guys don’t think they’re bad guys. In film, the best evil
performances are when the actor remembers that.’’

Best Performance of 2011:The Descendants,” “The Ides of March

Glenn Close as the Vamp

On Theda Bara, silent-movie star: ‘‘They say that she was
the first goth, and that because of her the word ‘vamp’ came into the
lexicon. A vamp is a bad woman, a dangerous woman. I’ve always been
fascinated by that.’’

Best Performance in 2011:Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis as the Vengeful Caretaker

On walking in the shoes of Nurse Ratched: ‘‘I tried to channel all the parts of myself that are probably not pretty. That are not necessarily nice.’’

Best Performance in 2011:The Help

Jessica Chastain as the Fire Starter

On what she was thinking: ‘‘I was channeling loneliness.
. . . The idea of feeling invisible. And because of that, it creates a
burn in her to be noticed, even if by doing harm.’’

Best Performances in 2011:The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “The Tree of Life

Ryan Gosling as the Invisible Man

On invisibility: ‘‘I don’t really know if the Invisible Man
is a villain or not, but I just don’t trust the guy. He says he’s going
to be somewhere, but never shows up. Even when he does show up, he’s
only ever kind of there. Yeah, that’s right, Invisible Man, I’m looking
at you. In your face! That is your face, right?’’

Best Performances in 2011:Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Drive,” “The Ides of March

Adepero Oduye as the Outlaw

On channeling Bonnie Parker: ‘‘I had this feeling like it
was a standoff. And how when you’re putting on a brave front, and you’re
acting all tough, that moment comes when you know it’s all over and
you’re about to die.’’

Best Performance in 2011:Pariah

Michael Shannon as the Tycoon

On playing a 1-percenter: ‘‘Obviously there’s a lot of
animosity toward Wall Street right now, so this seemed like good timing.
I can’t say I’m a big fan of Wall Street myself — not the movie, but
the actual thing.’’

Best Performance in 2011:Take Shelter

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Last year's portfolio can be found: Here (on ONTD) and at the source: Here