After years working on both television and radio, Amanda Keller has interviewed plenty of Hollywood stars. And while the presenter admits chatting to celebrities is exciting, Keller has come across her fair share of unpleasant interviews.
You’d think being a Hollywood star with bucket-loads of money and hoards of fans would keep you happy, but Harrison Ford was apparently less than friendly when he sat down for a chat with the TV favourite.
“Harrison Ford was so bored that he brought a book into the interview,” the Living Room said on Who‘s popular podcast Who Are You.
The Indiana Jones star has never really been known for being the kindest in interviews. In the past, the 76-year-old has been described as “grouchy” and “grumpy”.
In 2013, a reporter for the Chicago Tribute wrote: “I know first hand how miserable it is to interview Ford, as do many of my colleagues. Ford goes out of his way to make the media’s job harder and point out how much smarter he is than everyone else.”
And while Ford was her most unpleasant interviewee, it was Spider-Man favourite Tobey Maguire who gave very little to work with.
“The hardest people to interview are often actors who come out for movies,” Keller admitted. “I could pretend to be Spider- Man and give a better interview. I know that sometimes they are shy, but how hard is it to talk up a good movie?”
Despite a few disappointing interviews over the years, Keller, who hosts the hit TV show The Living Room and is set to front reality show Dancing with the Stars alongside Grant Denyer this year, revealed one of her all-time favourite guests was X-Men star and Aussie heartthrob Hugh Jackman.
“The day I met him, he left me lolly teeth that had been in his actual Hugh Jackman mouth,” she said. “I actually have them framed at home, I have his DNA in my lounge room — which isn’t as creepy as I just made it sound.”
Keller isn’t the first presenter to have a bad experience with a celebrity. In 2018, TV star Andrew Denton told 97.3 FM’s Bianca, Terry and Bob on Monday that Hollywood star Goldie Hawn was his worst guest ever and described her as both “bad” and “unpleasant” to interview. In fact, the interview was such a disaster, he decided against airing their awkward chat, and to this day it’s never been televised.
“Maybe she was having a really bad day and it was via satellite, but she was so bad and so unpleasant,” he said.
He added that Hawn’s management team was also awful, saying, “[they] called our producer the ‘c’ word. It was just an awful experience”.
“We just thought, ‘we’re not putting you onto air and goodbye’.”