Unless you've been living under a particularly heavy rock for the past year, odds are you know who Oscar Isaac is. The Guatemalan-born actor exploded into the film world with his unforgettable role as Poe Dameron in the latest Star Wars film. Add in his critically acclaimed performances in Ex Machina and A Most Violent Year, and Isaac has become one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood. And what better way to celebrate the cinematic heartthrob than with a rundown of some of his finest interview moments? Take a look back at some of the unforgettable onscreen appearances that made the world fall in love with Oscar Isaac.
With Star Wars on the horizon, everyone seemed to be a fanboy or girl. Ellen was no different, excitedly interviewing the cast about the upcoming blockbuster. Not only is Isaac funny and clever, his chemistry with his cast-mates is palpable; John Boyega and Daisy Ridley clearly adore their fellow actor (and the feeling is entirely mutual).
Inside Oscar Isaac
Before he became the 'It Boy' of Hollywood, Isaac was already making a name for himself in complicated and challenging independent roles. One of the first to get him the attention he justly deserved was the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. The story of a folk music singer surviving during the sixties was a fascinating cinematic journey; the interview shows Isaac's charm, personality, and passion for his work. Plus, he spends most of the movie cuddling a cat. What's not to love?
Suck It, Isaac
The Star Wars phenomenon has to be a strange and surreal experience for any actor. Even consummate professionals and experienced performers have been stopped short by the sheer overwhelming devotion to and obsession with the science fiction world. Oscar Isaac has handled his immersion in this universe with good grace and humor, but even he was caught off guard by those Gogurts with his face on them.
Friendship Is Magic
Look, there's a lot of love onscreen and off in the Star Wars franchise. John Boyega and Harrison Ford have the epic bromance of this generation, but they weren't the only ones bonding onset. Oscar Isaac and the fan favorite droid BB-8 spent a lot of quality time together, and the actor enthused about his digital co-star in multiple interviews. He also won over even more fans with his surprisingly sensitive and on-point discussion of gender fluidity--a topic that came up when the actor was asked if BB-8 was male or female.
Dance Dance Revolution
Oscar Isaac has plenty of experience in the music world: he had a band back in his youthful days growing up in Miami and graduated from the Juilliard School, famous for churning out the best of the best in the performing arts. But fans had no idea how varied his skills were until the release of the film Ex Machina. The surreal and stupendous science fiction movie features a dance sequence, and Isaac was only too happy to show off his moves alongside Joel McHale and James Corden.
Getting Back To His Roots
Oscar Isaac has always been profoundly proud of his heritage and enjoys discussing his Guatemalan roots and how they've influenced his personality and career. This intriguing interview goes in-depth on the topic, tracking his early acting career and musical aspirations in the context of his cultural heritage. It's an unexpected and unique peak into the mind and life of Oscar Isaac, and a fascinating look at an actor whose career is only on the rise.
Now, how long do we have to wait until the next installment of Star Wars?