Dwayne Johnson, Taylor Swift, Gayle King, more cover Time’s 100 most influential people issue

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Entertainers, an athlete, the speaker of the House of Representatives and one impressively calm journalist cover Time’s issue honoring the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” 

USA TODAY can exclusively reveal that Dwayne Johnson, Taylor Swift, Sandra Oh, Gayle King, soccer star Mohamed Salah and Nancy Pelosi are depicted on the covers. 

Inside the issue, the newsmakers are written about by their colleagues, friends and other famous admirers.

Gal Godot wrote of her “Red Notice” and “Fast and Furious” co-star, “There is no one in Hollywood quite like” the wrestler-turned-action star. She lauded his work ethic and praised him for establishing “an environment on set filled with warmth and positivity.”

Singer Shawn Mendes, who profiled Swift, marveled, “Taylor makes anyone older feel young again and anyone young feel they can do anything. It’s so rare and so special. If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it’s that.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes said it was a career highlight to write for Sandra Oh, who spent 10 years on the medical drama playing Dr. Cristina Yang before taking on a new Emmy-nominated lead role in “Killing Eve.”

Oh, she wrote, “treats dialogue like notes of music – every word must be played, every syllable correctly toned.” 

Rhimes also recognized her as a trailblazer with regards to diversity on TV. 

“With her nuanced characters, Sandra Oh has chosen to fearlessly take up space in a universe that has not always made space for her,” the producer added. “Now, the power of her talented presence makes space for others.”

Director Ava DuVernay expressed satisfaction that “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King is finally getting her due, thanks to high-profile interviews like her two-part R. Kelly exclusive in March.

“The fact that this year she is being lauded as one of the all-time great broadcast interviewers is simply the perfect signifier,” the director wrote

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