Filipino columnist’s interview with Anne Hathaway draws mixed reactions online


Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables.”

MANILA, Philippines—Like wildfire, the recent “controversial” interview of Filipino entertainment editor-journalist Ricky Lo with “Les Miserables” female lead, Anne Hathaway that has been circulating on social networking sites drew mixed reactions among netizens and local celebrities.

Though Hathaway was seen smiling and laughing all throughout, she appeared irritated by a few questions of the veteran show-biz columnist.

Lo asked how did she lose weight for the role and gain it back again, Hathaway declined to answer, saying it’s something personal.

Hathaway plays Fantine, the ill-fated character of a poor, pretty innocent woman who becomes a prostitute.

Hathaway’s mother Kathleen Ann “Kate” McCauley played the role in the original “Les Miserables” cast that was toured in the United States. Hathaway cited in several interviews how she learned a lot from her mom.

Lo asked if Hathaway got some pointers from her mother, she answered with a straight “No.”

When Lo asked her how she was able to play the role of a poor woman when she is “perceived to have lived a life of luxury and privilege,” Hathaway declined again, citing it’s “very personal.”

The role was also played by Lea Salonga in 2010 for the 25th Anniversary of “Les Miserables”.

In the interview, Lo showed an SMS from Salonga that apparently said something about Salonga’s eagerness to see the movie.  Hathaway reacted positively, seemingly flattered and was all smiles saying, “I adore her.”

But when Lo asked for a message to Salonga, “who is looking forward to meet you in person” Hathaway declined again, saying, “We’ve already talk about that.”

At the end of the more than four-minute interview, Lo asked Hathaway to invite her Filipino fans to see the movie.
The still-smiling Hathaway said, “Why don’t you invite them, they’d rather hear it from you.”

While many netizens lambast Lo for what they described as a rather “disgraceful interview” with general questions that seemed more appropriate to lesser-known celebrities, Lo’s colleagues in the industry defended him, citing his long stint in entertainment journalism.

Lo has been entertainment editor and columnist of a national newspaper for decades. He is also co-host of “Startalk,” a Saturday entertainment talk show on GMA7, on which his live interviews are usually shown.

Jim Paredes in a Facebook thread described the interview as “a big cultural gap.”

Ruffa Gutierrez in her Twitter account posted the link, saying “She (Hathaway) suddenly switched to ‘bitchiness’.”

A theater actor posted: “When you interview an actor, most especially someone really big, you ask about the craft, the production process. Don’t ask personal questions, unless you are Oprah. Avoid intrigues. And most especially, it is not a time to flaunt who you ‘know’ and compare them with the subject. Otherwise, the interview will turn out bad. Really bad. Even embarrassing.”

Earlier links to the said interview have been deleted though more have been posted again with some parodies highlighting Lo’s “gaffes.”

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  • dickenhead

    ask stupid questions you get stupid answers

    • Touch_Me_Nuts

      tell it to mr iggy ramirez hehehe

  • Platypus09

    Anne might had a bad day, but Ricky Lo made it worse.

    This is something that our reporters, TV hosts, talk shows and media people could learn. There was NO CONNECTION between the interviewer and interviewee. In this case, it could have been done prior.

    A bad incident like this could have been prevented, if the interviewer knows how to do it. Apparently, Mr. Lo did not know how to do it better. He should know how to do it by now.

    Interviewer should NEVER be judgemental NOR PRYING on the interviewee’s life and lifestyle. Filipino celebrities, when interviewed, should say foul as well when they are treated the same. That is their right to privacy as much as they can.

  • tokwa

    Mababa lang talaga si Ricky, Lo kasi..

    • Touch_Me_Nuts

      Hahahaha! Nice job.
      Iggy Ramirez down there has 14 likes (and counting) trying to defend Mr. Lo, but this forum is not taking any rebuttal against what Iggy has to say. hehehe Pikon- Pinoy style! hehehe

  • buninay

    When Hathaway sounded obtrusive and impenetrable, the interview should have been dropped once and for all.

    • Touch_Me_Nuts

      tell it to mr iggy ramirez while he’s still here. hehehe

      • kukurukukukuku

         @Touch_Me_Nuts:disqus: I found the comments more amusing than the topic itself like yours (touch_me_nuts) to iggy ramirez LOL

  • Gallimaufries

    I haven’t seen the interview.   But, honestly, I’m stunned by the particular answers given.  I don’t see anything so terribly wrong in such questions.  True, they may be of the “bakya” or run of the mill type.  Yet, in another setting, some of these could very well have been asked too by noted American talk show hosts – and you can bet she would have responded quite differently.  To me, she acted rather bitchy.  She should have been more gracious.  I would hope though this is not the real Ms. Anne Hathaway.  I truly admire and love her on the screen. 

  • speedstream2

    There are lessons to be learned here by our so-called entertainment columnists, but it’s up to them to discern these lessons. Here’s a thought though: a four-minute interview with a leading Hollywood actor is an opportunity for which one must really prepare well. Winging it just doesn’t cut it, especially with actors who take their craft very seriously.

  • qwitzach

    Lo was interviewing Pinoy-style, he didn’t adjust to Hollywood style. 

    • Iggy Ramirez

      I think you need to get out more.

      • hellowafers

        What, and miss startalk and the buzz?

  • buninay

    In response to NAme:

    Hathaway missed the opportunity to extend her affinity with the real Fantines residing in the Philippines.  By choosing to remain private, she failed to show Filipino viewers her sincerity behind the scene.  Now, the interview has revealed how lofttily positioned the actress really is, beyond the squalor and deprivation depicted in the movie.  That she can not be made to stoop down to Ricky Lo’s basement level questioning that caters to her low-level fans’ mundane curiosities speaks a lot about her character, considering she is an entertainer not a goddess to be entertained by the underlings.

    • Adrian Arcega

       She doesn’t owe Filipinos anything.

      • buninay

        That’s true. She does not owe Filipinos anything.  She can live without us.  The movie will sell by itself and that is sad because she is more lovely and human in it than in reality to which everything boils down.

    • NAme

      I’m amazed how you have interpreted Hathaway’s soul and thinking just by the way she acted on the interview. For me, it’s plain and simple. it is a failure of a supposed recognized journalist to perform a basic movie interview.
      But despite of that, Anne’s refusal to invite Filipinos to watch the movie is downright disrespectful, even if she was annoyed by Lo.

  • Roberto Duran

    Could have been worst if it was Boy Abunda with his usual pathetic question, “Lights on or lights off?” these bakya are the culprits why Philippine showbiz industry in not getting anywhere… Lots of uneducated pieces of crap…

    • Hagler

      Worst thing kids or even adults absorb most of pinoys showbiz crap!

  • totokalel

    akala kasi ni Lo local celeb pa rin ang ini interview niya.nakalimutan niya mag adjust. mahirap ng tumatanda ano?!

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