Anne Hathaway covers the latest issue of Interview magazine, and in the Interview interview, she answers 20 questions from celebrities like Matthew McConaughey (“what does feminism mean to you?”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“which do you like better, acting or singing?”), Julie Andrews (“what really ticks you off?”), and Octavia Spencer (“how do you maintain the joyous work/life balance so seamlessly?”). But those questions were a bore compared to Mindy Kaling’s, who woke up and chose clickbait drama. Mindy asked her Ocean’s 8 co-star which problematic celeb’s art she still loves (Mindy says she still loves Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters). Anne’s answer? Aziz Ansari. Apparently, she’s a big Master of None fan.
MINDY KALING: What problematic or canceled person’s art do you still secretly love? I will go first. I still love Hannah and Her Sisters and I watch it every year.
HATHAWAY: Aziz Ansari. I think Master of None is one of my favorite modern romantic series. Yeah.
In case you’ve been in a coma since January 2018 and are wondering why people turned on Parks & Rec’s Tom Haverford, it’s because 39-year-old Aziz (then 34) was accused of pressuring a woman (then 23) for sex on a first date. The woman, known only as Grace, relayed her experience to Babe.net. After going out to dinner in NYC, the two went back to Aziz’s apartment, where he moved fast with kissing and grabbing. Grace says she suggested that Aziz slow down, but he didn’t. She kept pulling away from him, and eventually, she went to the bathroom, composed herself, came back out, and told Aziz that she didn’t want to feel forced to do anything. Grace says Aziz replied, “Oh, of course, it’s only fun if we’re both having fun,” but then he “sat back and pointed to his penis and motioned for me to go down on him. And I did. I think I just felt really pressured.”
The Aziz accusations were mid-#MeToo, and while they weren’t as obviously horrific as, oh, I dunno, Louis C.K. whipping out his dick and jerking it in front of co-workers, they spoke to a larger issue about sexual misconduct and the pressure women face to give men sex. It was extra weird because Aziz had been such a vocal supporter of #MeToo, and even wrote a book about dating called, Modern Romance: An Investigation. Aziz retreated from the public eye for a while, but since then he’s come out with a couple of Netflix stand-up specials, and he recently got married to a 32-year-old Swedish forensic data scientist named Serena Skov Campbell. Until April, Aziz was writing, directing, producing, and starring in a movie called Being Mortal, until production was suspended because co-star Bill Murray was being too handsy with the women on set. Oh, men.
Anne still likes Master of None. And she must like Mindy too because she let her ask another question about big dick energy:
KALING: We were once on a text chain about big dick energy about five years ago. Who in culture now has great BDE to you?
HATHAWAY: You mean besides you? Right now, Lizzo’s got it. Billie Eilish for sure. Harry Styles, obviously. Trying to think. Those that can figure it out and run with it and do it. Christopher John Rogers. I love what he’s doing right now in fashion. I’m so deeply a fan. I think this interview has been giving goddess energy. Michelle Yeoh also has big goddess energy.
At the end of the Interview interview, 39-year-old Anne was asked who asked her favorite question, and she picked Mindy, because “I think she wins on boldness.” Here’s Anne’s post about her Interview cover and some more American Apparel-style pics from the photoshoot:
I thought about what my answer would be to Mindy’s question about canceled celebs, and here it is Johnny Depp’s band, Hollywood Vampires. And, lucky for us Vamp-heads, the group just announced they’re reuniting and touring Europe! Oh wow, I can’t wait to fly to Munich in June 2023 and sing along to hits like… um… (searches Wikipedia)… “Raise the Dead”! Snort. Can you imagine? Honestly, I might just do it for the joke.