Philippine Star entertainment editor Ricky Lo was lambasted on the video-sharing site YouTube after an interview he conducted with “Les Miserables” star Anne Hathaway was deemed as “disastrous” and “cringe-worthy” by social media netizens.
After the video of the four-minute-plus interview posted by Philstar.com immediately went viral, viewers responded unfavorably to Lo’s line of questioning, which appeared to rub the actress the wrong way from the get-go.
The interview got off on the wrong foot with the question, “You lost 25 pounds for the role of Fantine? How did you do it and how did you get it back?” Hathaway responded by saying, “I’d rather not talk about weight loss, please”.
While Lo managed to get Hathaway to talk about her preparation for the film and even got her to express her admiration for Lea Salonga after he told her she had a message for her on his mobile phone, her response to the veteran entertainment scribe was often curt and cold.
One awkward moment came when Lo asked Hathaway if she had ever experienced being hungry and poor just like her character Fantine. To which she replied testily, “That’s a very personal question.”
There were at least two more awkward moments in the interview. One came when Lo asked Hathaway to give a message to Lea Salonga to which the actress said they already covered that earlier (“We already talked about Lea”). The other was when Lo asked the actress to invite fans from the Philippines to watch the movie.
Her hostile response? “Well, why don’t you invite them? I think they’d much rather hear it from you”.
In contrast, Hathaway was much nicer to similar questions posed by Manny De la Rosa a.k.a. Manny The Movie Guy, a US-based Filipino film critic and video journalist for KMIR-TV, an NBC-affiliated TV station. De la Rosa recently won an Emmy Award for Best On Camera Talent Host.
While De la Rosa never mentioned Lea Salonga and the Philippines, Hathaway was clearly in a better mood and more comfortable with his three-minute interview and even giggled when he mentioned about her being a possible Oscar contender for “Les Miserables”.
She even showed off her wedding ring to De la Rosa when he noted that 2012 was a great year for her as she also got raves for her portrayal of Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises”.
When asked about why Hathaway appeared short-tempered to Lo while being more receptive to De la Rosa, a source from one of the local distributors of top Hollywood films who spoke on condition of anonymity told InterAksyon that it may have something to do with the very nature of film junkets as a whole.
On a given Hollywood junket for instance, a certain film’s top actors will meet with members of the entertainment press from all over the world for an entire day.
“That’s about 20 to 30 journalists who will more or less ask them the same questions for the whole day. Although not necessarily on the same day, there are separate sessions for one-on-ones and round-table interviews for print, TV, radio and now online journalists and reputable bloggers,” the source pointed out.
“It’s understandable that depending on the phrasing of the questions or how tired the subject actor is on that given day, some interview sessions will not go as well as the others.”