15 Of Our Favorite Star-Studded Manhattan Covers

Shantila Lee | December 24, 2020 | People

Take a trip down star-studded memory lane with us as we recount 15 of our favorite Manhattan Magazine covers—and what the stars are up to now.

1. Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington

Washington wows on the November 2019 cover, decked out head to toe in Chanel. Her career-defining role was as Olivia Pope in ABC drama series Scandal, where Washington starred as a crisis management expert in a torrid affair with the President, played by Tony Goldwyn.

2. Scott Eastwood
Scott Eastwood

Eastwood is a spitting image of his dad on the April 2017 cover—he definitely gets his sharp features, chiseled jawline and steely eyes from Clint. He rocks a leather moto jacket that flaunts his bad boy vibe. The actor stars in critically acclaimed war movie The Outpost alongside Orlando Bloom that premiered in July.

3. Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer

If you don’t remember Bomer from White Collar, you should have vivid memories of him stripping down to his skivvies in the Magic Mike movies. An unbuttoned, tie-undone Bomer oozes sex appeal on the October 2017 cover. This year, he stars in the new Netflix movie Boys in the Band.

4. Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Gugu Mbatha-Raw

The unfussy December 2015 cover lets Mbatha-Raw’s gorgeous looks pop. The Brit actress first turned heads in Doctor Who and then in her breakout role in 2013’s Belle, where she played an 18th century heiress. This year, look out for her in Come Away, a reimagining of the storybook tales of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.

5. Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds on a messy bed, in a business suit, eyes smoldering - you can almost live Blake Lively’s life vicariously through the April 2015 cover. Reynolds plays the title character in Free Guy, a sci-fi movie slated for release in May 2021, about a guy who realizes he’s a background character in an open world video game.

6. Salma Hayek Pinault
Salma Hayek

Hayek is the picture of undaunted audacity on the January 2020 cover. She got her big break in Hollywood starring alongside Antonio Banderas in Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado. In the cover story she talks about Like a Boss, a movie out in January about two friends who attempt to run their own cosmetics company.

7. John David Washington
John David Washington

Another member of Hollywood royalty, Washington definitely got his good looks from father Denzel Washington. He is smokin’ in a grey suit and pumped-up kicks on the October 2018 cover. Spike Lee gave Washington his breakout role in BlacKkKlansman, which earned Washington a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

8. Laura Dern
Laura Dern

Dern slays in an Isabel Marant dress and smoky eyes on the September 2019 cover. This year, Dern won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, where she plays a stiletto-wearing, tough-talking divorce lawyer. Her monologue in the movie about the pressure women face of being a good mom is epic.

9. Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey

There is a reason why Dempsey was nicknamed “McDreamy” in Grey’s Anatomy—he has killer good looks and swagger, his wavy hair and cheeky smile beaming out of the October 2014 cover. He played Bridget’s new love interest in 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby, and is set to reprise his role as Robert from Enchanted in a sequel that’s in the works.

10. Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross

Look up the word “fierce” and find the photo of Ross on the November 2017 cover as the definition. The High Note and Girlfriends actress works a killer Miu Miu dress and coat, gleaming skin and matte bordeaux lipstick on the cover. This year, she returns in Season 7 of the Emmy-nominated sitcom series Black-ish.

11. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp

Depp flaunts a tousled mane and a brooding gaze on the October 2015 cover, a look so evocative of his 21 Jump Street days. He is the face of Dior’s Sauvage scent, and plays photographer W. Eugene Smith who documents the effect of mercury poisoning in Minamata, set to be released next February.

12. Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen

The younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, Olsen oozes natural, raw beauty on the September 2017 cover. Aside from being brilliant in the role that skyrocketed her career in 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Olsen has since played the Scarlet Witch in the Avengers movies, a role she reprises this year in the mini-series WandaVision.

13. John Krasinski
John Krasinski

Bearded and dressed formally in a gray suit on the April 2018 cover, Krasinski is every bit a bonafide hottie. He directed A Quiet Place in 2018, which he starred in with wife Emily Blunt. Last year, the couple bought two apartments in Brooklyn Heights, which they are speculated to be combining into one epic dwelling.

14. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron

Theron’s striking beauty speaks for itself—she doesn’t need bling or bedazzling couture, sporting a simple black turtleneck sweater on the September 2014 cover. Theron recently made headlines with her role in The Old Guard, a Netflix movie that premiered in September.

15. Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth

The Aussie actor—whose name is almost synonymous with Thor, the role he commanded in the multimillion dollar Avengers movie franchise—looks dapper in a red blazer on the April 2016 cover. Earlier this year Hemsworth starred in Extraction, a Netflix movie where he’s hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a crime lord.



Photography by: Kerry Washington photographed by Ramona Rosales; Scott Eastwood photographed by Brian Higbee; Matt Bomer photographed by Brian Bowen Smith; Gugu Mbatha-Raw photographed by Gavin Bond; Ryan Reynolds photographed by John Russo; Salma Hayek Pinault photographed by Xevi Muntané; John David Washington photographed by Dennis Golonka; Laura Dern photographed by John Russo; Patrick Dempsey photographed by John Russo; Tracee Ellis Ross photographed by Brian Bowen Smith; Johnny Depp photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg; Elizabeth Olsen photographed by John Russo; John Krasinski photographed by Nino Muñoz; Charlize Theron photographed by Karim Sadli; Chris Hemsworth photographed by John Russo