It’s true – sometimes fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Apart from all the riches and extra perks, celebs also have to sell a little bit of their souls to the ever watching and constantly criticizing outside world. For some of these stars, the constant pressure and media glare becomes a little too much to handle and it shows in the way they behave in interviews. Below are eight celebs that are not particularly fond of answering questions from interviewers.
The thing with Kanye is this: he feels that he is just so much more intelligent and knowledgeable than everyone else. So when it comes to people interviewing him, he pretty much feels that he’s doing them a huge favor by sharing some of his immense knowledge. He demonstrated this during recent interviews with BBC’s Zane Lowe and his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel after their much-publicized twitter spat. He also displayed that tendency on The Today Show in 2010 when Matt Lauer asked him about his comments about “President Bush not liking Black People” and his incident with Taylor Swift at the VMA’s. Mr. West looked like he was ready to jump out of his seat and abruptly end the interview. He also recently blew up and lost his temper live on air with radio show host Sway last year. In the world of Kanye, it’s either his way or no way at all.
Joan Rivers is definitely a force of nature – there’s truly no one like her in Hollywood. She is 81-yrs-old and she still carries on like a young Hollywood debutante. She is the host of the snarky and risqué show Fashion Police, she has her own reality show with her daughter, and she still puts out books and makes tons of public appearances. However it seems that she’s good at dishing out the derogatory remarks and criticisms, but she isn’t so adept at receiving them. Over the July 4th weekend, she stopped by CNN for an interview with host Fredricka Whitfield to promote her new book. After she was asked a few serious questions about how her jokes and humor often cross the line of decency, Rivers unplugged her mic and stormed off the set. Interviewers beware, only ask Joan Rivers to your show if you plan on asking easy, harmless questions.
Kristin Stewart is another of those celebrities who acts as if she is so much cooler than anything and anyone around her. Perhaps some of that is due to the fact she earned so much money at such a young age from all those blockbuster Twilight movies. In many of her interviews, she comes off so disinterested and bored with the world, and there is even a video on YouTube of her apparently texting someone during a Q&A session for a movie she was promoting. Perhaps in her case, this behavior can be chalked up to age – she’s still only 24-yrs-old. Maybe as she gets older, she will develop a more personable character.
There’s no doubt about it – Jesse Eisenberg is one of the most talented actors of his generation. His performance in the highly acclaimed 2010 movie The Social Network, in which he played the role of Mark Zuckerberg was nearly flawless. His talent aside, he can also be an annoying “know it all.” In an interview to promote his 2013 movie Now You See Me, he was completely condescending to the young female host chatting with him. The talk got off on the wrong foot when the quirky host referred to Morgan Freeman as just “Freeman” and things went downhill from there. Eisenberg even went on to refer to his host as “The Carrot Top of Interviewers.” The lesson here is no matter how high up you are on the totem pole, a modicum of humility and graciousness is always a good idea.
Popovich has been the coach of the successful NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs for the last 18 years. During this long tenure, he has won five championships and he’s widely respected as one of the best coaches in NBA History. But even with all these accolades, he’s a man of very few words, and this is a trait of his that remains intact whether he wins or loses. One specific example was in 2012 when he went through a mid-game interview with Carl Sager by only saying four words. The game was between the Spurs and the OKC Thunder and the interview was as follows:
Sager: “Well coach a dramatic turnaround in the beginning of that third quarter, what were you doing so well that you’d like to see here in the fourth?”
Popovich: “We competed”
Sager: “Manu Ginobili made the start, he’s been playing very well, how will you use him in the offense here in the fourth?”
Popovich: “Same way”
Now that’s a true example of game time efficiency!
For those of you who love to watch train wrecks happen live on television, make sure you look up last year’s season premiere of Iyanla Vanzant’s show Fix My Life. The show featured the erratic and unpredictable problematic rapper, DMX. Iyanla attempts to reach through to DMX and help him reconcile with his son and ex-wife, but nothing even remotely close to that happens. This bemusing exchange has all kinds of shocking moments including tons of expletives and the NYC rapper blurting comments like “Lady, shut the f*&k up” and “..stop running your mouth.” There was even one point when he leaves the room but not before saying to his son, ”We’ll talk when she [Iyanla] stops running her f**king mouth.”
Mr. Tarantino is one of the most creative and opinionated movie directors alive. All you have to do is go back and look at his body of work to see just how unique and out of the box he really is: Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Django. Even though he’s a true auteur behind the camera, Tarantino is not the best at answering questions from eager reporters. While in England to support his movie, Django, a reporter from BBC quizzed him about the overt violence in his movies and whether he felt his work contributed to the rampant, real-life violence that happens in American culture. Being the cerebral individual he is, Quentin figured out immediately that the reporter was trying to box him in, and he refused to answer the question. This led to a cringe-worthy back and forth exchange with neither party giving in or folding, and it qualifies as one of the most awkward interviews ever recorded. Google it online and enjoy the incredible awkwardness for yourself.
Chris Breezy is another celebrity who doesn’t take too well to pesky interviewers. Maybe it’s because he’s had so many different issues and run-ins with the law that he’s always in constant defensive mode. This issue was made clear when he was doing a promo run for his F.A.M.E. album on the ABC morning show in 2011. Robin Roberts kept asking him questions about his prior assault charge with his estranged girlfriend Rihanna and Brown looked noticeably agitated with the line of questioning. Somehow he managed to keep his composure even though he looked quite uncomfortable on screen. But after his singing performance, he vented his frustration by totally wrecking and destroying his ABC dressing room. Something tells us that Mr. Chris Brown might need many sessions of Anger Management training to calm his fierce temper.