We did an open thread yesterday asking for which celebrities our readers thought gave the best interviews, and I’ll be damned if you guys didn’t come up with some really great names in response.
I was driven to ask after watching Taylor Swift‘s interminable promotional tour for The Giver, where she seemed oblivious to the fact that she has A. no sense of timing and B. no content to her stories. Before seeing all her interviews, I figured all question-answerers were created equal, but now I know that that is NOT SO. So in light of that, here are the best interviewees on the planet, courtesy of Crushable readers!
Did we miss anybody? Tell us what you think!
1. Tina Fey
ESPECIALLY when she talks about her kids. We could watch and listen to that all day.
2. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson
A few people suggested J-Law on her own, but I don’t always love how self-indulgent and rambling her stories are. She’s so famous now that she finds herself very interesting, and I think being seated next to Josh is a great way to keep her grounded, relatable, and fun.
3. Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick should teach this course at colleges, that’s how great she is at telling hilarious, mildly self-deprecating stories in interviews.
4. Tom Hiddleston
Honorable mention to Chris Hemsworth, whose interviews with Tom are adorable as well (as are pretty much any combination of The Avengers cast members). But since Tom is so charming and wonderful on his own, we didn’t want to undercut that by lumping him in with anyone else. From the moment he gets on the stage, this guy just emanates positive energy, and I couldn’t be any more in love with it.
5. Emma Stone
So adorable! The only celebrity who is so open and genuine that I feel like she can actually get away with keeping some parts of her personal life private.
6. Daniel Radcliffe
What an adorable little pocket human! Even though Harry Potter is one of the biggest franchises on the planet, he continues to be gracious, generous, and likable in interviews. What’s your secret, DanRad?
7. Rashida Jones
Rashida is so comfortable in front of the camera and so smart — she’s a Harvard grad, after all — and watching her think on her feet and make herself and her interviewer laugh is super entertaining.
8. Weird Al Yankovic
He’s so happy to be there, and his interviewers are so glad to have him. He’s famous, but not in an over-saturated way like some other celebrities out there, so you get the feeling that he’s genuinely glad to be talking to people whenever he goes on TV. Love it.
9. Emily Blunt
Anyone who can make Tom Cruise look good with just one promo circuit is an effing master of her craft, you guys. (And the British accent certainly doesn’t hurt.)
10. Robert Downey Jr.
RDJ is another sharp, high-energy guy who doesn’t let any dead air seep into his interviews. He has that perfect flat delivery and sardonic tone that some interviewers don’t get, but that pays off every time.
11. Kristen Bell
ALL I WANT TO DO EVER IS HANG OUT WITH KRISTEN BELL. She’s never given an interview that I haven’t wanted to follow up on with a one-on-one conversation. Possibly in my living room. Possibly with white wine. Hey let’s make it a game night. Bring Dax, bring Lincoln. Gang’s all here.
12. Chris Pratt
I’m a sucker for anyone who speaks so lovingly about their spouse like this, so I’m a goner anytime Chris does an interview, but he’s also just. so. funny. I love it.
13. Kate McKinnon
I mean how could she not be a great interviewee, because she’s so killer on Saturday Night Live? That show is the perfect training to be smart and funny and quick on the spot, and Kate always nails it.
14. Marilyn Manson
15. Kristen Wiig
I just love that this lady is up for any thing any time. She’ll dress up like someone she knows nothing about, sing you a song on the spot, or just do a genuine, lovely interview with her real hilarious self.
16. Robin Williams
Ugh, my heart. Before his untimely death, Robin was renowned for being a great interview subject, because he was always on. Heavy boots.
17. Lizzy Caplan
Oh man. I don’t know if it’s because she has the best stories or because she’s the best at telling them, but Lizzy is just interview perfection. She always nails her timing and never ever seems nervous.
18. Will Ferrell
As one of our commenters pointed out, Will doesn’t always do the most entertaining movies, but the guys sure does make entertaining choices in his interviews. Maybe the shorter form of late night is the ideal-sized dose of him.