Sometimes a celebrity just has a bad day — that’s the theory Star-Ledger reporter Stephen Whitty threw out as to why his interview with actress Mila Kunis went downhill so quickly. Whitty went into first person mode in a story this week to describe the cringeworthy encounter as Kunis was promoting her new film, “Third Person”: “Every question I ask over the next 25 minutes seems to strike her as either dull, insulting or burdened by some sort of agenda.”
First, Kunis took offense to Whitty asking if she was looking for more indie movies between blockbusters: “Not really, because in the middle of all that I still did ‘Oz (the Great and Powerful)’ and I still did ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ so that sort of destroys your assumption,” she told him.
Okay then. She didn’t like him asking about her moving from the U.S.S.R. to America as a child. (“I’ve talked about me moving to America in a hundred interviews…It’s the most mundane subject possible.”) She really wasn’t a fan of his question about why she decided to try acting when she was 9. (“Other kids take karate, art, gymnastics and I happened to take acting classes, it was just fun. There was nothing else to it. I don’t know if that’s the answer you’re fishing for.”)
The whole thing is here, and while it’s a really awkward read, we wondered — where does it rank with other unfortunate celebrity interviews when the subject didn’t like a question? Or, maybe just didn’t want to deal with the media that day? Either way, most stars know by now that when they give an annoyed interview, it’s going to make even more headlines than if they just answered questions normally. For example:
A very condescending Bruce Willis, clearly not in the mood for an interview about “Red 2,” explained to a London reporter how publicity works: “Has any actor every told you this? This part is not acting, what we’re doing right now…we’re just selling the film now. Sales. The fun part was making the movie.”
Amy Poehler threw down the gauntlet when it came to answering multiple questions in this Hollywood Reporter Q&A with Tina Fey, but namely a joke about whether she would wear Amy Adams’s provocative costume while hosting the Golden Globes: “Oh eww, I don’t want to even answer this question. Pass. Next.”
Jesse Eisenberg channeled his “Social Network” movie character when he snapped repeatedly at an interviewer and made fun of her for writing questions on her hand. “Do you know the comedian Carrot Top?” he asked. “Yes, horrible,” she responded. “Well, you are like the Carrot Top of interviewers,” he said.
Paris Hilton simply got up and left when an ABC News correspondent asked if her 15 minutes of fame was over.
And of course, the famous angry Tom Cruise-Matt Lauer moment, in which Cruise declared psychiatry was “a pseudo-science.”
Where does Kunis fall? It’s hard to say. Though her interview does have a disadvantage because it’s in print (and you can’t see the annoyance like some of these other examples, where the person was clearly ticked off), some of her quotes are pretty priceless — and makes it almost as memorable as some of her other famous unusual interviews.