Awkward Celebrity Interviews
Cara Delevingne is hardly the first star to suffer through a painfully awkward press junket interview. Here are 13 others.
1. Cara Delevingne, 'Paper Towns'
Delevingne’s interview got off to a rough start when one of the Good Day Sacramento hosts called her “Carla,” and it only got worse with their empty and rather insulting questions. Annoyed, Delevingne eventually cut out of the live stream early, after one of the anchors suggests she “take a little nap” and “get a Red Bull.”
2. Amy Schumer, 'Trainwreck'
After admitting that her edgy rom-com about a promiscuous party girl was largely based on her own experience, one of her interviewers at an Australian radio station asked her if Americans use the word “skanky.” Schumer was not amused.
3. Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner, 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Evans and Renner’s unfortunate interview mostly became awkward after the fact: the reporter laughed through it, but the Avengers actors faced major backlash from franchise fans for joking that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is a “slut” and a “whore.”
4. Robert Downey, Jr., 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Robert Downey, Jr. famously walked out of this interview when it started to get too personal. After first trying to field the questions calmly, Downey asks sarcastically, “Are we promoting a movie?” and eventually cuts his interviewer off and leaves.
5. Quentin Tarantino, 'Django Unchained'
Before RDJ walked out on him, reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy starred in another uncomfortable interview. In 2013, he tried to ask Quentin Tarantino about the social effects of movie violence, and Tarantino quickly shut him down. (Tarantino is right: He gets this question a lot. There’s another viral interview where someone asks him about his penchant for “gruesome, graphic violence.” His answer? “Because it’s so much fun, Jan.”)
6. Samuel L. Jackson, 'Django Unchained'
Quentin Tarantino’s wasn’t the only awkward interview to come out of the Django Unchained publicity tour. When a reporter asked Samuel L. Jackson about the use of the “n-word” in the film, Jackson refused to answer the question until the interviewer said the word out loud. The reporter refused, and they eventually moved on, but it made for a very awkward few seconds.
7. Jesse Eisenberg, 'Now You See Me'
Within the first few seconds, Jesse Eisenberg chastises the interviewer for calling Morgan Freeman by his last name, asking, “Freeman? Who are you? What, are you on a baseball team with him?” It only goes downhill from there.
8. Bruce Willis, 'Red 2'
A reporter tries to ask Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis about 'Red 2,' but Willis does nothing to hide how bored he is: “We’re just selling the film now. The fun part was making the movie.”
9. Mila Kunis, 'Oz, the Great and Powerful'
Mila Kunis chats with a starstruck BBC reporter, who babbles about football and hits on her repeatedly. But Kunis plays along, and the end result is really more adorable than awkward.
10. Jennifer Aniston, 'Horrible Bosses 2'
The same BBC reporter has another awkward interview with Jennifer Aniston, though this time it’s not his fault: Both Aniston and his boss conspire to make the conversation as uncomfortable as possible.
11. Jude Law, 'Anna Karenina'
A reporter falls off her chair during an interview with Jude Law, and the rest of the interview falls apart as they both dissolve into giggles.
12. Kristen Wiig, 'The Skeleton Twins'
If you’re going to ask Kristen Wiig about getting naked, it helps to make sure you’re talking about the right film.
13. Zach Galifianakis, 'It’s Kind of a Funny Story'
Zach Galifianakis has mastered the art of awkward, probing questions with 'Between Two Ferns,' but in an interview for 'It’s Kind of a Funny Story,' he got a taste of his own medicine.
14. Cate Blanchett, 'Cinderella'
Cate Blanchett made headlines when an edited interview for 'Cinderella' surfaced, in which she talks about sex, vodka, and walking cats on leashes. The reporter later released an unedited version of video, and it’s much more clear that Blanchett is in on the joke, but there are still a lot of awkward pauses.