It's easy to look at the glitz and glam of the modern-day celebrity lifestyle and only see the professionally constructed image. When you really get down to it, however, these are real people with real feelings at the end of the day, and sometimes their star power makes people forget that.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in awkward celebrity interviews, the perfect breeding ground for offensive questions and inappropriate requests. Luckily, the best stars are more than prepared, and a few are able to pull off some truly incredible moments from the even most tone-deaf journalist. Here's are 11 celebrities who had the perfect responses to cringeworthy interviews.
1. Cara Delevingne
The most recent controversy stemming from a celebrity interview involved Good Morning Sacramento and Suicide Squad star Cara Delevingne. First, one of the hosts gets her name wrong and refers to her as "Carla." Then they completely misconstrue Cara's signature dry humor and keep berating her for not being excited enough.
In the end, Cara's perturbed/bemused face says it all, and the interviewers are the ones who come across like gossipy schoolchildren.
2. Samuel L. Jackson
In one of the most memorable interview flubs of all time, a KTLA anchor asked if Jackson got a big reaction to his Superbowl commercial. The only problem? Samuel L. Jackson wasn't in a Superbowl commercial that year, and the anchor clearly confused him with Laurence Fishburne. Not one to mince words, Jackson immediately let him have it:
What Superbowl commercial? See, you're as crazy as the people on Twitter. I'm not Laurence Fishburne! We don't all look alike!
3. Amy Schumer
When the male interviewer brings up the word "skanky" in regard to her character's costumes in Trainwreck, Amy Schumer has the perfect comeback to immediately shut him down:
What made you think about your mom? Why did she just pop in your mind?
Sadly, he keeps putting his foot in his mouth throughout the interview, and the famously unfazed Amy is visibly annoyed. Still, she holds her own and gets in even more improvised jokes.
4. Matt Bomer
In possibly the most measured and eloquent response on this list, Matt Bomer gives an educational response when an interviewer asks him to generalize the entire gay community and their response to his movie Magic Mike XXL:
I mean, why would I ever try to boil down an entire community into a 'yes' or 'no' question? It's like, would you feel comfortable if I said, 'are women harder or easier to please?'
My favorite part is how much Donald Glover is soaking up the moment after being ignored for pretty much the entire discussion.
5. Robert Downey, Jr.
British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy has developed something of a reputation for goading his guests into really uncomfortable scenarios. That approach is abundantly clear as he asked Robert Downey Jr. personal and invasive questions about his history with drugs and imprisonment. RDJ famously walked out of the interview, but later he got in a few choice barbs:
This has nothing to do with your creepy, dark agenda that I'm feeling like all of a sudden ashamed and obligated to accommodate your weirdo sh*t.
6. Quentin Tarantino
In another viral encounter with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, this time it's Quentin Tarantino who didn't have time for questions he felt he didn't have to answer. After he declined to answer why he chooses to include so much violence in his films (something he's discussed extensively in the past), Guru-Murthy kept pushing. Well, Tarantino wasn't afraid to push back.
I refuse your question. I'm not your slave, and you're not my master. I'm not gonna dance to your tune. I'm not a monkey.
7. Anne Hathaway
While promoting The Dark Knight Rises, Anne Hathaway received a lot of questions about her body and form-fitting costume. By the time she got to this interviewer, she expertly turned his fascination back on him after his relentless barrage of questioning:
Are you trying to lose weight? What's the deal man? You look great! Seriously, we have to talk about this. Are you trying to fit into a catsuit?
Sassy Anne is my favorite Anne.
8. Jerry Seinfeld
Larry King may be one of the most recognizable celebrity interviewers of modern times, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have his off days. Take his interview with Jerry Seinfeld, in which he asked the comedian if his long-running and still-popular sitcom was canceled. The shock on Jerry's face speaks volumes, but he also responded with an appropriate shut-down:
You're not aware of this? You think I got canceled? Are you under the impression that I got canceled? I thought that was pretty well-documented. Is this still CNN?
There is a big difference between ending on number one and getting canceled, so you gotta appreciate Jerry's reaction here.
9. Mayim Bialik
It's pretty well-publicized how The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik turned down Yale and Harvard to study neuroscience at UCLA, but I guess this interviewer didn't get the memo. When he asked about the amount of fans assuming she can do calculus at the drop of a hat, Mayim didn't hesitate to call him out:
I was actually trained in calculus for several years. I'm actually a neuroscientist. Not sure if you know that, but, yeah, I can do calculus.
Score one for Amy.
10. Jennifer Lawrence
Sadly, I wasn't able to find the full original video interview, but this example was just too good to leave out. While promoting the first Hunger Games movie, Jennifer Lawrence fielded a multitude of questions about her weight, and it got to the point where she just couldn't take it anymore.
In this moment, she expertly disregarded the irrelevant question and navigated the interviewer back to the task at hand: discussing the actual movie.
11. Scarlett Johansson
While promoting The Avengers, in which Scarlett Johansson is the only female lead, the interviewer asks her if she's able to wear underwear while in costume. In response, Scarlett has the perfectly dismissive retort:
You're like the fifth person that's asked me that today. What is going on? Since when did people start asking each other in interviews about their underwear? I'll leave it up to your imagination.
As a true professional, ScarJo keeps up with the flow of the interview and proves once again why she's one of the most sought-after performers in Hollywood.