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Christina Hendricks on the cover of The Observer’s The New Review shot by Michael Friberg.

Christina Hendricks: ‘My agency dropped me when I first agreed to play Joan in Mad Men’. Interview »

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What makes the Victoria Beckham story so compelling to the women who buy her dresses is that Victoria Beckham is living, breathing proof of the transformative powers of fashion. We buy clothes because we believe they will help us become who we want to be.

Victoria Beckham: I used to feel famous, but now I feel successful »

Photo: Rory van Millingen/The Guardian

We interviewed Britain’s most successful male escort:

There are risks in what Josh does, of course: a chance he’ll end up beaten and bitter. But I say his father should be proud of the son who refused to accept the oblivion of his hometown and is working so hard to write his own happy ending. Story of a male escort »

Photo: Will Storr.

Taylor Swift has gone from ringletted country artist to feminist role model and the world’s most charming pop star. As she returns with her catchiest material yet, she talks awards-ceremony etiquette, autobiographical lyrics and why she puts nice before naughty. Read the interview

Photo: Kate Head

He’s sung with Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but until this year nobody knew who Sam Smith was. He talks about his rapid rise from cleaning toilets to being the ‘male Adele’, and his fear of losing it all

Michael Gambon: ‘You just do it. That’s what acting is’

From Harold Pinter to Harry Potter, Michael Gambon has worked with all the greats. He talks about crying on cue, his dodgy memory, and the job that got away. Full interview

Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe for the Guardian

Seth Rogen: older, wiser, just as stoned

He plays the sensible one in Bad Neighbours, battling against the party-crazed frat house next door. But that doesn’t mean he’s changed. Read more »

Photograph: Winnie Wintermeyer

Andrew Garfield: a sensitive superhero

Slender, soulful and British, Andrew Garfield isn’t everyone’s idea of an action hero. But he’s proving Hollywood cynics wrong as the Amazing Spider-Man, and now Martin Scorsese has come calling. He tells Will Lawrence why he’s still a little thin-skinned

Photograph: Paola Kudacki

Bryan Cranston: ‘I scare people’

The Breaking Bad star on how playing Walter White changed his life, portraying Lyndon B Johnson on stage – and on the kiss that got him into acting. Read the interview

Photograph: Mike McGregor for the Guardian