Backstage’s 51 Cover Stories of 2014

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“High Maintenance,” Lupita Nyong’o, Kevin Spacey, Judy Greer—from the looks of the Backstage covers, it’s been a pretty epic year! Relive 2014 with us as we look back on our year in cover stories!

Rita Moreno
The EGOT winner received the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and graced our first cover of the new year! Read the full story here.

Rebecca Hall
Best known for film roles including “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “The Prestige,” Rebecca Hall took both Broadway and the Jan. 9 Backstage cover by storm this year, and made waves with Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “Machinal.” Read the full story here.

Jonathan Groff
Long after his “Spring Awakening” days, Jonathan Groff graced the Jan. 16 Backstage cover to kick of what would go on to be one of the best years of his career; his HBO “Looking” got renewed for Season 2, and we all know how “Frozen” turned out! Read the full story here.

Pilot Season
January also made way for Backstage’s pilot season guide, which offered tips and tricks for one of the year’s most lucrative TV seasons.

Miles Teller
Even before the world knew Miles Teller’s immensely powerful performance in “Whiplash,” the young star chatted with Backstage about the challenging role, “That Awkward Moment,” and his training and career thus far. Read the full story here.

Summer Training
The Feb. 6 cover was devoted to summer training and the countless opportunities that exist for actors in the warmer months.

Lupita Nyong’o
One of the year’s breakthrough actors was Backstage’s Feb. 13 cover girl. Lupita Nyong’o spoke about her training, career goals, and her Oscar-winning supporting performance in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.” Read the full story here.

Gillian Jacobs
The “Community” actor looked stunning on our Feb. 20 cover. Gillian Jacobs chatted about her Juilliard days, her early days acting in Pittsburgh, and the importance of marrying technique with a love of acting. Read the full story here.

James Wolk
James Wolk’s year consisted of great roles on both “Mad Men” and “The Crazy Ones” with the late Robin Williams. The actor discussed his busy year with us, and how he’s made it this far. Read the full story here.

Gillian Anderson
The former “X-Files” star had a big year with roles on the NBC shows “Hannibal” and “Crisis,” and we can’t wait for the return of “The Fall” in 2015. Season 2 hits Netflix in January! Read Anderson’s cover story here.

Sam Rockwell
Back in March Sam Rockwell sat down with Backstage to discuss his three upcoming films: “Trust Me,” “Laggies,” and “Better Living Through Chemistry.” Read the full story here.

Andy Karl
Broadway’s own Rocky Balboa graced our March 20 cover. Andy Karl chatted about bringing the iconic character to the Great White Way! Read the full story here.

Michael Peña
From “Observe and Report” to “End of Watch” to “Cesar Chavez” to the Backstage cover, Michael Peña discussed his great career with Backstage. Check him out in theaters now alongside Brad Pitt in “Fury.” Read the full story here.

Idina Menzel
It has been the year of Adele Dazeem (forgot about that one, didn’t you?!) and she discussed it all in our April 3 issue! From “Frozen” to “If/Then,” Idina Menzel has had an astonishing 2014. Read the full story here.

James Franco
When James Franco made his Broadway debut with “Of Mice and Men,” Backstage was there to get the scoop. Alongside Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester, Franco delivered a memorable performance in the iconic play. Read the full story here.

Amy Schumer
One of the funniest comedians of today graced our comedy issue on April 17. Amy Schumer spoke about “Inside Amy Schumer” and the Judd Apatow-directed film “Trainwreck.” Read the full story here.

The 1st Annual Future Broadway Power List
Our April 24 cover was dedicated to the powerful theater folks making waves this year. From Annoying Actor Friend to Steven Hoggett and many in between, these people will shape Broadway for years to come! Read the full story here.

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham
We knew Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham were onto something special when they graced our May 1 cover. The funny duo discussed their new show “Playing House,” which you should binge-watch now if you haven’t yet! Read the full story here.

Kevin Spacey
Discussing his turn in “Richard III,” his years running the Old Vic in London, and of course, “House of Cards,” Kevin Spacey enhanced the cover of Backstage in May. “House of Cards” comes back Feb. 27, 2015. Are you all caught up? Read the full Spacey cover interview here.

Adam Jacobs
Aladdin himself took a magic carpet ride on our cover this past spring! Adam Jacobs discussed his leading role in Disney’s hit Broadway musical and what it was like to begin rehearsal on the same day his wife gave birth to twin boys! Read the full story here.

Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons transformed and surprised everyone when he displayed serious acting chops in HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” We got the inside scoop from the man himself! Read the full story here.

Alan Cumming
We said “willkommen” to Alan Cumming as he graced our May 29 cover. The Scottish-born star discussed his return to “Cabaret” and his fabulous aftershow dressing room parties. Read the full story here.

SAG Foundation
We were excited to chat about the new NYC actors center with SAG Foundation to kick off the month of June. Have you been to the new space yet? Read the full story here.

Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks, “OITNB”
Crazy Eyes and Taystee joined forces for our June 12 cover and discussed their show, “Orange Is the New Black.” The show earned Aduba an Emmy this year! Read the full story here.

Joshua Henry
Discussing his role in Broadway’s “Violet” with Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry made our cover on June 19. Did you catch the Tony nominee while he was on the Great White Way? Read the full story here.

Omari Hardwick
The “Power” star graced our cover and discussed his leading role in the Starz series and becoming his bad, drug-dealing character James “Ghost” St. Patrick. Read the full story here.

Demian Bichir
Oscar nominee Demian Bichir looked particularly dapper on our July 3 cover! The actor chatted about his FX series “The Bridge,” and how his stubbornness helped him find success! Read the full story here.

Judy Greer
It’s the year of Greer and we’re all just living in it! The lovely Judy Greer discussed FX’s “Married” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” with us in July. Read the full story here.

Frank Grillo
Frank Grillo took his turn as the leading man in “The Purge: Anarchy” and on our cover! The actor discussed his career thus far and offered advice for his fellow performers. Read the full story here.

Backstage 30
Every year industry professionals nominate actors who are teetering on the verge of stardom. This year we brought your our third annual Backstage 30. Read the full story here.

Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater achieved a cinematic first filming “Boyhood” over the course of 12 years, and we wanted the details! We got ’em when he appeared on our July 24 cover. Read the full story here.

Robin Wright
The other half of D.C.’s most powerful and diabolical couple was our first August cover star. Robin Wright discussed “House of Cards,” and her fascinating film “The Congress.” Read the full story here.

“The One I Love”
The creative team behind “The One I Love” (Charlie McDowell, Mark Duplass, Justin Lader, and Mel Eslyn) chatted with us about how they made their indie film and collaborated with everyone to make it happen. (P.S. The movie is streaming on Netflix now! What are you waiting for?!) Read the full story here.

Adrien Brody
The Oscar-winning Adrien Brody took our cover by storm as he discussed transforming into Harry Houdini. What did you think of History’s “Houdini” mini-series? Read the full story here.

Charlotte Kate Fox
We love a good success story—especially when it happens to a Backstage reader. Charlotte Kate Fox made it big in Japan with the TV drama “Massan,” and gave us the inside scoop! Read her full #IGotCast story here.

Eva Longoria
The former “Desperate Housewives” star got gritty in her film “Frontera,” and has been busy throughout 2014. We caught up with Eva Longoria to discuss her thriving career. Read the full story here.

Luke Wilson
Luke Wilson was an amazing supporting player in “The Skeleton Twins” and an even better leading man on our cover! Read the full story here.

“On the Town”
Clyde Alves, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Tony Yazbeck graced our Sept. 18 cover to remind us why New York City is “a helluva town.” The three “On the Town” stars discussed their fun Broadway revival. Read the full story here.

“High Maintenance”
Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair have made their mark with the popular Web series “High Maintenance,” and told us the challenges and rewards that came with the experience. Read the full story here.

Kate Walsh
“Bad Judge” might have been ruled out of order, but at least it gave us the opportunity to chat with Kate Walsh about her return to comedy! Read the full story here.

Matt Lauria
We were glad to have “Kingdom” star Matt Lauria on our Oct. 9 issue. The actor discussed the DirecTV series, co-starring Backstage cover alum Frank Grillo. Read the full story here.

Gina Rodriguez
One of the biggest breakout TV stars of the year, Gina Rodriguez gave us the scoop on “Jane the Virgin” and her career so far! Read the full story here.

Eliza Coupe
Eliza Coupe discussed her new USA series “Benched” and looked incredible on our Oct. 23 cover. Read the full story here.

Martha Plimpton
Performing Albee is no easy task, but Martha Plimpton does it beautifully in Broadway’s “A Delicate Balance.” She discussed her all-star cast mates and acting advice with us in October! Read the full story here.

Michael Esper
The talented Michael Esper set sail in Sting’s Broadway musical “The Last Ship.” The actor opened up to Backstage about his fears and doubts, and becoming the performer he is today. Read the full story here.

Mark Ruffalo
The year gave us incredible Mark Ruffalo performances in “The Normal Heart,” “Begin Again,” and “Foxcatcher.” The Oscar nominee shared insights from his challenging year with us in November. Read the full story here.

Lead Performances
Marion Cotillard, Ben Affleck, and more—these are the lead actors that completely wowed us in films this year! Read the full story here.

Mark Wahlberg
From “Lone Survivor” to “The Gambler,” it’s been a great year for Mark Wahlberg. He chatted about his new film, in which he plays a college professor and high-stakes gambler, out Dec. 25. Read the full story here.

Alessandro Nivola
Stealing the spotlight, Alessandro Nivola is currently starring in Broadway’s “The Elephant Man” alongside Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. We discussed the actor’s role in the play when he graced our Dec. 4 cover! Read the full story here.

Krysten Ritter
The former “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” star chatted about her career thus far, and her role in Tim Burton’s newest film, “Big Eyes.” Read the full story here.

Emily Blunt
To finish off 2014, Emily Blunt graced our cover to talk about her starring role as the Baker’s Wife in Disney’s “Into the Woods.” Read the full story here.

Want even more Backstage? Check out our 2013 year in covers!