I’ll preface this by saying that I wrote this piece for a fun change from business articles. There were a few articles I earmarked over the course of the year as examples of “what not to do” in an interview. Upon reviewing these earmarked pieces, I realized that if I have to explain to a client not to fall asleep or ask about their pit stains during an interview, it would be pretty ludicrous. Maybe I’ll save them as examples of how “everyone is human” for when someone feels like they made a mistake during an interview, but, as I wrap up work to leave for Christmas, it feels like time for something light.
To be fair to the four ladies below, in-depth profile pieces on celebrities always open the door to weirdness. The interviewers spend an incredible amount of time with the celebrities, sometimes partaking in an activity with them—for example, Plum Sykes went shopping with Rihanna and Jonathan Van Meter went fishing with Amy Adams. Not everyone can be Blake Lively—who came across as someone you really wanted to be best friends with and really nailed the likeable, funny, and down-to-earth while still being impossibly gorgeous and rich thing—but there were a few “OMG-I-can’t-believe-that-really-happened” moments.
2. #s 4 and 3 Starlets Who Swear Like Sailors
Two of this year’s Elle cover girls revealed that their vocabularies left much to be desired. In March of 2014, Dakota Johnson, the star of the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey, dropped more f-bombs than Eminem. One thing is for certain, kissing grandma with those lips would be tough after that, considering that her grandmother is Tippi Hedren.
In August, Kristen Stewart’s story about starting over made it hard to sympathize with her side of things when her language was about as ladylike as this single-finger salute.
Understandably, people feel like their interviewers are their friend, but if you say something too-good-not-to-print, there’s a pretty good chance that it will get printed. Don’t say it if you don’t want it to be quoted.
3. #2 The Smells-Like-Teen-Spirit Interview
Jennifer Lawrence is adorable in all of her awkwardness. She trips. She makes weird faces. She spills mints during press conferences. She’s just like us (if we were in a romantic comedy where everyone found our awkwardness adorable). And we love her for it.
In the November 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, she took the awkward schtick a little too far when she revealed her sweaty pit stain to interviewer Sam Kashner to show how nervous she was, taking awkwardly adorable to completely weird. Don’t ask a member of the media to smell your pits. Just don’t do it.
4. #1 The #SorryNotSorry Interview
Cara Delevingne fell asleep during her interview with Vogue’s Plum Sykes. More than once. To make it worse, she took to social media to “apologize” for “being so ambitious”. Not cool.
Not only is Plum Sykes a representative of one of the world’s largest magazines, but she is also the author of the best-seller Bergdorf Blondes— the book was a personal favorite of mine, so maybe that’s why I took this one a little hard. Plum Sykes deserves a little respect. Actually, a lot of respect. People in the public spotlight always seem to forget that journalists are doing them a favor, making them relevant, giving them the opportunity to share themselves with the public, and keeping them at the forefront of pop culture’s consciousness.
Beyond that, an apology that isn’t heartfelt doesn’t do much to mend fences with the media or the public at large. Vogue must not have been too mad, since, the next month, she made the cover of British Vogue and American Vogue (albeit amongst a gaggle of other supermodels).
In all fairness to Cara, because I’m actually kind of intrigued by her and would like to give her the benefit of the doubt about being young and overworked, one of their chosen activities for the day was a massage. Probably not the most conducive for (a) speaking nor (b) staying awake.
5. About the Author
Brittany Walters-Bearden is a co-founder of At Large PR. She specializes in personal branding PR for entrepreneurs and non-fiction authors. Walters-Bearden is also a contributor to ‘Entrepreneur’.
*Thumbnail image via http://leblow.co.uk/onesie-for-adults-onepiece/caa-delevingne-panda-onesie/. She did not actually fall asleep wearing a panda onesie for her Vogue interview.
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