I still haven’t gotten over Les Miserables after almost a week of watching it. The actors were amazing, and I was deeply moved by every scene to the point that I have been listening to the soundtrack over and over again. But wait, this is not a movie review. There’s this one thing that still bothers me – the excruciatingly awkward interview of Ricky Lo with the actress Anne Hathaway, who played the role of Fantine in the movie.
If I were to come up with tips on how to make an interview with a popular actress your most embarrassing and disastrous one, ever, I would suggest the following:
- Think highly of yourself (“I have interviewed so many popular people – name them, I have talked to them…” blah blah blah). Do not prepare carefully-worded questions simply because you have mastered your craft and this is your second time interviewing the actress (Does that mean you know her so well?!)
- Do not ask how the interviewee is. Go straight to a question like how the interviewee lost weight for the role and how she gained it back.
- Instead of focusing on the movie or the actress, butt in several times to talk about the only other singer who played the role of Fantine better. Make the interviewee feel that she pales in comparison to that other singer. Repeat this tip three times.
- Mispronounce words and don’t exert effort in perfecting your enunciation. Say “owsom” instead of awesome, “prepehr” for prepare, “enterview” for interview, “seys” instead of says, and “loksory” for luxury. Okay, let me turn off my accent and conversational English radar before I hear the next ten words that you’ll mispronounce.
- Ask the actress how she was able to portray a role of a famished, sick prostitute when she is, in reality, living a life of luxury. Yes, rub it in a little more.
- Drop your phone. Don’t look at the actress straight in the eye. Be clumsy. Mumble, garble, liaise your words together to the point of sounding like your gargling. Maybe we would have been less disgusted if you just gargled all throughout the interview.
- When you are bashed, insulted, or laughed at after the interview, say that you find the offensive comments amusing. Shrug off all negative responses, and go back to tip number 1.
- If you don’t have time to memorize steps 1-7, watch this video and perfect the art of irritating a famous actress:
If Ricky Lo finds this amusing, well, I don’t, not at all. I have never been a big fan of this entertainment editor from the start. Put together his lousy questions, awkward posture, and INCORRECT PRONUNCIATION, you’ll get a pathetic, cringe-worthy, big mess of an interview. I would rather much hear Boy Abunda or Kris Aquino interview Anne or any other foreign celebrity for the matter. I am by no means a fan of these two hosts, but I will bet good money that they will be ready with more appropriate questions. After all, this is an interview about the movie and Anne’s character as Fantine, right?
Hey, do not even get me started by saying that Anne was also unprofessional during the interview. She was obviously ticked off by Lo’s inquiries, and the interview was just stiff and boring. Maybe towards the end of the talk, Ricky just wanted to melt or was waiting for a big gaping hole to appear on the floor so he can disappear.
Now if you don’t want to end up like Ricky Lo, check out this interview of TFC’s Manny the Movie Guy with Anne. Except for his repeated emphasis on Anne winning an Oscar (which might not happen) and his exaggerated laughter, I think this one’s way better, spontaneous, and more entertaining. Get your pens and take notes – yes, including you, Ricky.