Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian Mckellen have been flaunting their enviable best-friendship all over the city for the past few months while rehearsing for their current performances of "No Man's Land" and "Waiting for Godot." Yesterday, they managed to one-up all those adorable NYC photoshoots with an engaging TimesTalks interview together, staring lovingly into each other's eyes and touching on everything from their shared Shakespeare passion to the X-Men and Lord of the Rings franchises to Stewart's favorite comedian, Louis C.K. Also, McKellen may have invented blogging—more on that in a bit.

Magneto and Professor X took the Times Center stage with Times theater reporter Patrick Healy, McKellen dashingly clad in skinny pants and an oversized tie and Stewart in a more subdued khaki suit. And the two most beautiful British voices in the world made their best friend status clear right off the bat, diving into what it's like to share a dressing room ("It's an intimate setting," Stewart said. "But we do well, don't we?") and swapping stories about seeing each others' past Shakespeare performances.

Stewart shared an anecdote about McKellen's mysterious disappearance during a rehearsal for King Lear. "The stage manager said to me, 'We're in the middle of our first run through and Ian has disappeared,'" Stewart reminisced. "I went back out onto the street and saw, several blocks away, Ian wandering up towards me, he'd gotten a Danish pastry or something. That's the kind of activity I totally support, taking a break in the middle of King Lear to buy a Danish pastry."

And in an equally awwwww-worthy moment, Stewart pointed out McKellen had no problem getting some shuteye while performing. "I have fallen asleep on stage. Once in the middle of speaking," McKellen (maybe) joked.

Both actors delved into some of their thespian influences, with Stewart noting he took inspiration from American cinema during his youth. McKellen reflected on his big Hollywood breakthrough, when he adapted and starred in the 1995 film version of Richard III. And though Stewart sadly has no plans to return to his own breakthrough role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard—"I don't miss him," he said, crushing the hearts of Star Trek: The Next Generation fans worldwide—both had kind words for their biggest cult characters. "I'm very fond of Gandy," McKellen said of famed LOTR role Gandalf the Grey, noting his gravestone will likely read, "Here Lies Gandalf" ("But not for long!" Stewart laughed).

And for those who are wondering how Stewart and McKellen became such bosom buddies, well, it's all because of X-Men. "That's when we became real chums," McKellen said. "Sitting in the trailer waiting for Hugh Jackman to finish."

There were serious moments interspersed through some of the lovefest. During an audience Q&A session at the end, one woman thanked the openly gay McKellen for being an inspiration for her when she came out of the closet at age 16. Both Stewart and McKellen spoke about their various charity work—McKellen is a vocal gay rights activist, and Stewart has been very active in domestic abuse protection and post-traumatic stress disorder healing, which stems from his soldier father's history of abuse.

As theater auteurs, both had praise for New York. "There is a community here, on the Broadway stage," Stewart, a new-ish Brooklyn resident, said. "There is not, in the same way in London. It's one of the aspects of working on Broadway that I love. McKellen added, "New York, conscious of its own image, has decided that part of that image is theater. However Disney-fied Times Square's become, for those who love it, the theater is really, really, really central and important in a way that it isn't in London."

But for the fanboys and girls, the talk had two beautiful moments. In one, an audience member asked the actors which comedians they liked best. "Louis C.K.," Stewart answered, like a true New Yorker; when McKellen didn't recognize the name, he told him our favorite sad sack comic is "astonishing." And McKellen, who said he'd want to be a journalist if he weren't an actor, hinted he may have inadvertently had a pretty big role in Internet media while shooting LOTR in New Zealand. "In 2000, the Internet was a very new thing, and somehow it intrigued me and I got onto it," he said. "I wrote a blog, but I called it something else, I called it an 'e-post.' I think I invented blogging." One of your many gifts to the world, Sir Ian.