I’ve been on both sides of an interview (and not the kind that start with “Is there something wrong, officer?” and end with “THAT CLAP-HAVING JEZEBEL KNOWS WHAT SHE DID!!”) and one thing I know for sure is that the only thing worse than being asked pointless bullshit questions is being the one who asks said questions. If I had a nickel for every time I asked “What would you say your greatest weakness is?” through an awful forced smile, I’d have enough nickels to finally afford the miracle to bring my soul back from the dead.
So naturally I assumed that someone like Giuliana Rancic must surely be completely dead inside or robot or one of the bug aliens from Men in Black disguised as a human, because why in the hell would you ever want to ask people stupid questions for a living. But apparently she’s a real person with feelings, feelings that once got trampled on and nearly squished to death during an interview. On Wednesday night’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, Googlyeyna Rancic was asked who her most awkward interview was, and the winner was human ingrown toenail Russell Crowe:
“[He] was so mean to me. I had been at E! for a year, and I literally was like, ‘I’m gonna go easy because he’s pretty tough.’ And so I said, ‘Are you excited to be here tonight? Your big movie premiere?’ And he goes, ‘I’m contractually obligated to be here. What’s your next question?’ And I go ‘Um, isn’t it wonderful seeing all the fans?’ And he goes, ‘That’s your second question? 1, 2, you’re through!’ And walked away.”
Ironically, on the other side of the globe, Russell Crowe appeared on a show called Watch This, Will Ya Mate? where he talked about his best interview:
“There was this American girl from the E! channel who looked like a beautiful brunette grasshopper, and I never once called her a cunt or a fucking twat, or threw a phone at her face, or punched her in the nose or anything! I couldn’t believe it! Me, Russell Crowe, talking to another human without getting into a physical altercation! Yeah, it was definitely a personal best.”