Cara Delevingne Is Hardly Alone: 7 More Terribly Awkward Celebrity Interviews

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

8 moments from that Cara Delevingne interview that went very, very wrong.

Cultural divide? The 22-year-old model was promoting her new movie “Paper Towns” on “Good Day Sacramento” Tuesday when the news trio took cracks at her for appearing tired and “irritated” during the live segment. “We’ll let you go then, how about that?We interviewed Cara Delevingne about Paper Towns earlier this month and when we asked her what surprised her the most about filmmaking, she said, “Probably the press tours?” For weeks, she was killing it— giving YouTube Troye Sivan crazy eyebrows at the movie’s Sydney premiere, catching chocolates in her mouth in Berlin, teasing Michael Strahan about his Magic Mike cameo, beatboxing, interviewing co-star Nat Wolff for Cinemax, getting proposed to by a puppet and playing the drums on Spanish television (which led the New York Observer to call her “the greatest talk show guest ever“).After being blasted by the anchors for being “in a mood” and told to “take a nap” because of her lack of energy, the 22-year-old has tweeted about it.

Cara Delevigne has addressed an excruciatingly awkward interview that saw her clash with three news anchors, blaming the exchange on their inability to comprehend sarcasm. It was the tense interview watched around the globe, and on Wednesday, July 29, Paper Towns stardecided to share her side of the story after the anchors of Good Morning Sacramento called her out on the air. “Some people just don’t understand sarcasm or the British sense of humour,” the English supermodel and actress tweeted after her televised interview went viral. But the interview actress/model/Friend of Taylor Cara Delevingne completed this morning with “Good Day Sacramento” was not only so clearly the result of bad behavior on both sides, it’s so painful to watch you wonder whose idea this disastrous blind date was. The blonde beauty also took the opportunity to take a swipe at the anchors, revealing that perhaps she was cheesed off at them, as she retweeted the message: “You get @Caradelevingne to give “better answers” in this interview by asking better questions/saying her name right”.

The 22-year-old Delevingne was patched into the show from New York to do publicity for “Paper Towns,” the new movie based on a novel by Young Adult writer John Green. (She plays a Florida teenager named Margo who disappears after a brief road trip.) Even before the first question was thrown at her, she was just about rolling her eyes. However, it’s unusual for the people of the Internet to side with the celebrity — generally, the stars are the ones mocked for their behavior, not the interviewers.

After the reporters mispronounced her name as “Clara” and asked Delevingne if she’d bothered to read John Green’s novel, Paper Towns — the book on which her movie is based — the Brit appeared slightly annoyed. “Uh, no. But the fact that the show’s hosts kicked it off by addressing her as “Carla,” and then asked her if she’d read the book her movie was based on, sent things in a very hostile direction. “No, I never read the book or the script,” Delevingne replied.

No, of course, [I did.] John Green is an incredible author, so really if you haven’t read his books, you should.” The anchors went on to call Delevingne out, saying she looked “exhausted” and “irritated,” which she denied. It wasn’t just the bad question — meant, probably, to be a joke — or the sarcastic answer: This was like an Evelyn Waugh scene pitting a bored Brit against boorish Americans. Marianne asked Cara, “The book is taught, I know, in a lot of high schools and such, did you get a chance to read it or do you even have time to sit and read?” And then she laughed. Delevingne looked understandably confused. “No, I don’t know where that comes from,” she replied. “I love what I do…it’s my passion, all of these things…so it’s not too hard.” McClary asked if she had anything in common with her character, the free-spirited Margo. “No, I actually hate her,” Delevingne shot back as the anchors started to realize this was not going well. “Yeah, of course, we have a lot in common,” Delevingne clarified, adding she had used some of Margo’s quips in real life before she even read the script.

The Midwestern-jaunty Ron Burgundy-style anchormen and anchorwoman — the show describes itself on Twitter as “unscripted zaniness with a side of news, served up to you 7 days a week from Sacramento’s favorite TV people”– could have picked up on the actress’s ironic style. That’s when entertainment anchor Mark Allen jumped in, telling Delevingne that he loved the movie because the teens in the film “speak like middle-aged screenwriters rather than the awkward, dopey adolescent that I was.” Then things took a turn: “I saw you in London talking a couple weeks ago on TV, and you seemed a lot more excited about it than you do right now. LOL.” His colleague McClary, however, was not willing to back down, and posted another actor’s interview with the caption, ”Check out how a true class act deals with his jillionth interview: Sir Ian McKellan (sic)!”

She drifted into those kinds of autopilot responses a few times (when she talks about how she loves the novel and author, how acting is her “passion”) and while for most interviewers these answers are depressing — they tell you just about nothing — here they showed the possibility of detente. She’s also in that Taylor Swift video ‘Bad Blood,’ everybody probably recognizes her from that as well. ” “Yes, rush out and see it, won’t you?” McClary deadpanned. Local television anchors are often given very little time to prepare, and sometimes have to talk about the weather, crime, entertainment, and politics all in the same show. But then she wasn’t,” he said. “But still!” Allen protested. “You make $5 million for six weeks worth of work, you can pretend to talk to ‘Good Day Sacramento’ with some oomph!” There’s no doubt that Delevingne was being sarcastic.

For a hotshot London model to get unplugged by a regional morning show is probably about as humiliating as it is for middle-aged television personalities to be patronized by a 22-year-old. After Delevingne signed off, the anchors continued to lick their wounds. “She was so peppy on UK,” Allen said, mimicking her British accent: “Oh it was delightful! It’s the morning…” We talked about Cara’s exhaustion during our interview and she didn’t seem put off by our question—probably because we weren’t insinuating anything.

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