It's not often that us regular folk are able to peek into the lives of the rich and famous. But every once in a while, when the stars (and their PR people) align, we're privy to direct contact with these celebrities via the lovely Internet.
Whenever an actor or actress I love hosts a Reddit AMA, I sit with my eyes glued to the computer screen awaiting their replies. Hey, how often do you get to ask any questions you want to your favorite celebrities knowing that they might actually reply?
So, here are 17 of the most random and interesting facts, tidbits, and personal trivia from some of the Internet's favorite celebrities:
1. We learned Bryan Cranston loves pasta
Rodrigo_Loco: What is your all time favorite movie, TV show, and food?
Thanks for doing this, huge fan!
All-time favorite tv show is Breaking Bad, I don't know if you guys have heard of it before. When you say the Godfather, everybody says "oh the Godfather", but it was really remarkable. I loved the Andy Griffith show for its simplicity and warmth, but I also love Louis for its sardonic humor. My favorite food is typically what I am eating at the time. But if I had to chose one, I'd have to go Italian. How can you not love pasta?
Bryan Cranston is a gem of a human and I will never be convinced otherwise.
2. We learned Aaron Paul loves the word "bitch"
GTeall: Bryan Cranston has had some very memorable lines as Walt (I am the danger, I am the one who knocks... say my name... tread lightly...) what would you say is your most memorable line you've had as Jesse thus far on BrBa?
"Roll me further, bitch!"
I can't even count the number of times "bitch" was written in this AMA.
3. We learned Ronda Rousey is a total geek
henderson_hasselhoff: What's up Ronda!
Who is your favorite Game of Thrones character from the books, and what would your sigil be if you were a character?
i always get super stoked when I see it's a Daenarys (the ANTI D.N.B.) chapter, and would get really bummed when I saw it was a Catlyn chapter. But for some reason my heart is always Team Stark.
My sigil would be a Mew with Vegeta hair.
Here we learned that Ronda Rousey is an absolute geek and it's just the best!
4. We learned Peter Dinklage has this cat...
lambro101: Hey Peter,
- Which cast member on Game of Thrones is the funniest off screen?
- What's a little known fact about you?
Thanks, love your work!
- Conleth Hill! He’s a dear friend and fortunately I have a lot of scenes with him. And Lena, she’s also a dear friend and all we ever do is laugh together. When the three of us get together it’s a lot of fun.
- I love hummus?
Also, I’m not a cat person but I had a cat for ten years. Because I had a rat in my apartment and I don’t like killing creatures. So I got a cat. I thought my roommate was going to take the cat but he moved out with his girlfriend and left the cat there. So I have this cat.
We love hummus too, Peter.
5. We learned from Natalie Dormer that the GoT set must be a hilarious to place hang out
umpo23: Hi Natalie! I’ve been a big fan of Margaery for a long time now and I just wanted to thank you for doing this AMA! My questions are:
1) Who is secretly the funniest person off the set? 2) Who is most like the character that they portray?
1) Who's the funniest person OFF the set? Like between takes? Oooh. Oooh! That's a hard one. All the following people make me laugh easily, and I'm going to give you a list of four: Pedro Pascal, Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage
They all make me laugh, and I'm very easy to make laugh, easily.
2) Probably Peter, he is that droll and intelligent.
Okay, so, everyone agrees that Lena Headey is a total gas. Further proof that I want to be her best friend.
6. We learned Maisie Williams has no patience for patronizing adults
Hoo0oper: What one thing really pisses you off?
Patronizing adults, saying "back in my day, blahblahblah" because I'm sure they found it annoying in their day when adults said back in MY day - I don't know what it was like in your day, I was only born 17 years ago, so stop being patronizing about it!
Parents just don't understand, I guess.
7. We learned Steve Buscemi is a Superman fan
erinsky: Batman or Superman?
That was one of the shows I loved as a kid, too. Although I loved the Batman series as well. But Superman is definitely the one I remember first. There was NOTHING like the excitement of that show coming on TV, when I was a kid. And I did have a Superman outfit - a costume that I got for - I believe my 5th birthday. And on the cape, of the costume, it was printed - I forget how it was worded, let me see - it was something like "You cannot really fly while wearing this outfit."
But then it said "Only the REAL Superman can fly."
I swear to you. That's what it said.
Only the REAL Superman can fly.
I really did believe in Superman.
The lovely childhood anecdote at the end gets me every time. Who didn't believe in Superman at that age?
8. We learned Bill Murray is an enigma
[account deleted]: The rumor is that you went up to someone that was eating french fries, and took a french fry and ate it and said: "No one will ever believe you."
Did this really happen, or is it an urban legend?
Well I have no idea what you're talking about.
He is truly one of Hollywood's most mysterious and elusive characters.
9. We learned how Sir Patrick Stewart likes his tea
M1L3N: One of the few MUST-ASK questions for an Englishman. What is your favorite Tea?
Easy. Yorkshire Gold. Any other kind of tea bag needs two bags. By the way, did you know that I am the man who introduced the concept of the double tea bag to the United States. Don't you think that deserves some recognition...A Medal of Honor? And invitation to the White House? Or my own seat on the next space shuttle?
Okay, how about that space shuttle seat, huh? C'mon, NASA!
10. We learned Sir Ian McKellen's favorite recipe
I_swear_Im_innocent: Sir Ian, what is your go to home cooked meal?
I'll give you the recipe.
Slice potatoes thinly. Slice onions thinly. Grade some strong cheddar cheese. You slice some small tomatoes. And you layer those ingredients. And put them in a medium oven for one hour. And to make sure it's delicious as it always is, pour a little single cream over the potatoes, which should be the top layer.
Very comforting, quite nutritious, easy to make. Astound your friends.
Since we have potatoes from Ian McKellen and tea from Patrick Stewart, we practically have a whole meal!
11. We learned Mila Kunis has a glass lens in her eye
seismicor: Hi, Mila. What are the cons/pros of having one brown eye and one green eye?
You know what? After my surgery, I have a glass lens that was put in my eye, I now have the same color eyes!
I didn't even know she had two different color eyes to begin with, and now I learn this? What a roller coaster of emotions!
12. We learned Nick Offerman loves Chris Pratt in all his forms
Pop_Quiz_Hot_Shot: Which do you prefer, Chubby Pratt or Six Pack Pratt?
Christopher Pratt is one the most beautiful creations of Mother Nature's that I have countenanced in my lifetime. Whether the bear is lean from the winter or fattened by sweet summer berries and springtime salmon, it makes me no never mind in the love I bear for him. He's still a magnificent beast.
Chubby or six pack-ed, Ron Swanson's love knows no bounds. This was probably one of the most poetic statements I'd ever read on Reddit.
13. And we learned Chris Pratt loves him back
Silfax: Chris! We’ve had the pleasure of hosting Nick Offerman a couple times, and when asked about you, he brought up phrases including but not limited to “magnificent beast”, and “most beautiful creation”. Do you have a response that can go on record?
Nick is a best selling author. He is a very rare breed. He is the epitome of integrity. He's wildly intelligent. He shakes your hand, looks you in the eye and remembers your name. He is thoughtful and kind and absolutely devoted to his craft, his wife and his friends. He takes magnificent craps and sends them to me sometimes. And I like that very much. It's almost like he's from another time, a better time, when people were more real. Although they didn't have texts back then so I guess it's a wash with the crap pics.
Seriously, guys? How do I get in on this magnificent friendship?
14. We learned Robert Downey Jr. is basically Tony Stark
awhiteblack: What's at the top of your bucket list?
India. I want to possess it.
Later he also clarifies that he knows Tony Stark is fictional, but if he weren't, I'd say RDJ would be pretty damn close to the real deal.
15. We learned Mark Ruffalo stands up for what he believes in
CrimsonKing10292: Hi Mark, I love your work! You are hard to pinpoint as an actor because you are so diverse and are always choosing new and different projects, I love it! You were great in Avengers and Foxcatcher, I cannot wait to see Infinitely Polar Bear!
I just wanted to ask you, what are your thoughts on the recent outburst of criticism against Joss Whedon regarding Scarlet Johannson's character, Black Widow?
I think it's sad. Because I know how Joss feels about women, and I know that he's made it a point to create strong female characters. I think part of the problem is that people are frustrated that they want to see more women, doing more things, in superhero movies, and because we don't have as many women as we should yet, they're very, very sensitive to every single storyline that comes up right now. But I think what's beautiful about what Joss did with Black Widow - I don't think he makes her any weaker, he just brings this idea of love to a superhero, and I think that's beautiful.
If anything, Black Widow is much stronger than Banner. She protects him. She does her job, and basically they begin to have a relationship as friends, and I think it's a misplaced anger. I think that what people might really be upset about is the fact that we need more superhuman women. The guys can do anything, they can have love affairs, they can be weak or strong and nobody raises an eyebrow. But when we do that with a woman, because there are so few storylines for women, we become hyper-critical of every single move that we make because there's not much else to compare it to.
So I know Joss really well. I know what his values are. And I think it's sad, because in a lot of ways, there haven't been as many champions in this universe as Joss is and will continue to be. And I know it hurts him. I know it's heavy on him. And the guy's one of the sweetest, best guys, and I know him - as far as any man can be a champion for women, he is that.
So it's been a little disheartening.
But I also see how much people love that aspect of it. There's an equal amount of people who find the love interest between Banner and Black Widow to be a big standout. And it's very satisfying to people. So it's a movie. People are going to have their opinions. And that's actually a great thing. The fact that this is a debate that's coming out of this movie is probably a positive thing.
I just don't think that people should get personal with Joss, because he really is - of anyone - an advocate for women. He's a deeply committed feminist.
In probably one of the strongest, most thoughtful responses in a Reddit AMA, Mark Ruffalo proves he's an awesome guy by standing up for Joss Whedon and his stance on feminism.
16. We learned Harrison Ford actually likes snakes!
Brownie_scout: How do you feel about snakes?
I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I'm quite familiar with snakes and think they'r fantastic creatures.
How about them apples?
17. We learned Channing Tatum has really weird taste in sandwiches
Shermzilla: Channing! The world has gotta know, what are the components of your perfect sandwich?
k get ready: it's very complicated.
bread, white. peanut butter, not crunchy, creamy. grape jelly, double portion, more than you think should actually fit on a piece of white bread. bread. and then some cheetos shoved in there, and then you're good to go.
If these Reddit AMA's have taught us anything, I guess it's really that these celebrities all seem like pretty cool and down-to-earth people! If they're willing to spend even an hour of their, very precious, free time answering questions for us Internet people, they're probably pretty great to begin with.