The PhilStar.com released a video of showbiz columnist Ricky Lo's one on one interview with Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway. The video was deleted after it went viral not because it was handled well but how Ricky Lo screwed up.
Here is the video re-uploaded by somebody
The First Bomb
Ricky Lo started the interview by asking her about how did Anne lose her weight and got it back? Definitely, it is a good question that Ricky misplaced it. That kind of question must have been a good follow up if he has opened the conversation already discussing about physical experiences of the actors.
It does not need to ask permission every question. This only applies if you have something in mind that might have destroy her mood before you. Celebrities are very very sensitive about their figures for you to ask them "How did you get it back" What? the fats? the cholesterol? Am I getting fat? OMAYGED! That's the effect of this unfiltered question.
The Second Bomb
Ricky brought along with him the sense of Pinoy showbusiness style. He was obvious in his interview that he wanted to get good sound bites from Anne reacting about her and Leah Salonga being compared. Anne closed the issue indirectly by showing how she adored Leah and wanted to meet her too. That was a cue for Ricky to stop talking about me because I am Anne Hathaway and she is Leah Salonga.
The Third Bomb
The interviewer must be on his best in all aspects. His responsibility is to break the tension and keep the calm environment so that guests would also feel the same. Ricky did some technique by keep on smiling every after Anne's answer. Sadly, it was AWKWARD. Anne felt that she was like wasting his time talking to a showbiz-waiting-for-good-angle-and-eat-me-later.
Ricky Lo, knowing his style in his FUNFARE column, is one of those buzz makers. Intrigue makes the showbusiness healthy. I also understand that Ricky wanted to be different but that doesn't mean you will forget your responsibility as a person who has a privilege to talk with icons.
That 'falling cellphone' that made Anne to comment "Ohh careful" is something a disastrous act for an interview session with artists whose time allotments are precious. For them to spend extra time to comment about you being irresponsible of your stuffs? Anne must have been distracted.
Another thing is Ricky's bulky recorder. He kept on adjusting something in it that made him so unprepared and unprofessional looking. Anne would have thought this way " I can see camera around and I believe this interview is recorded already, why the hell are you still recording our conversation? If you can't get rid of it, can you just ask your assistant to hold it because that stuff adds to the tension and I am distracted to it."
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At the last part when Ricky concluded the interview, he asked Anne again to say some words about Leah being her idol who wanted to meet her. Anne answered " We've already talked about it" She was right! Ricky was insisting the someone out there named Leah Salonga being idolized by a big celebrity like Anne Hathaway. This question has blown me away.
Finally the Full Explosion
Just like in the Philippine showbiz, the interview should end by requesting the subject to invite their fans out there to watch their movie. There is nothing wrong with that even if it is obvious already but if the interview went well from the beginning Anne Hathaway would not answer the question straight right to Ricky's face " Why don't YOU INVITE them...."
Aaaaand I closed my eyes and said "It could have been better if Boy Abunda was there"
Now here is what a good interview should be. Full of FUN and all natural. Introducing a filipino blogger and vlogger Manny The Movie Guy. He is not sikat that much but he was able to interview Top hollywood actors. Here is his fun interview with Anne Hathaway.