There I was at the climax of my trip to Paris as MTV’s guest correspondent for “The Tourist” press junket… and as with the end of any good movie, I was eager to know what was about to happen. As I waited to interview Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany, I planted myself on a puffy couch in the hospitality suite of Le Meurice Hotel. I had dressed up for the occasion, wearing a chic white blazer, some shiny tights and a pair of funky round-toed gray suede wedges. Everyone there told me not to be nervous, which actually made me a little bit nervous. Journalists were taken in clusters to the interview rooms, and my group finally departed around 3 p.m.
When I walked into the room to interview Angelina, the first thing that struck me is that she’s just as dazzling in person as she is on the big screen — high definition video doesn’t lie. I introduced myself and immediately said I was with MTV. It was a solid effort at gaining some credibility. “Of course you are because you look cool!” Angelina said while examining my outfit. Score!
It must be scorching after a while stuck under all the glaring production lights. You would never think it, but in the room with the interviewer and the interviewee, there are actually a number of other people — the cameramen, public relations reps and even a person who holds up fingers to indicate how many minutes of the interview are left.
Four fingers up, and I began the interview. We talked about “Edward Scissorhands,” gelato, Venice, Paris and Brad (and, of course, “The Tourist”). When Angie spoke about her kids, I couldn’t help but think of her as a non-movie-star-bake-me-cookies-and-take-me-to-dance-practice mom. I guess there was something about the way she smiled at me that reminded me of my own mom. I’d totally be down to be a kid in the Brangelina household for a day or two. Only one finger left and I had gotten through all my questions with 30 seconds to spare.
I said my thank you and was on my way, ready for my interview with Johnny.
Come back tomorrow for Gaby’s interview with Depp, and hit the comments below to tell us what you thought of her interview with Jolie!