Hollywood may be the land of make-believe, and celebrity interviews might often be nothing more than shameless self-promotion and fluff, yet on rare occasions, some performers have been known to give fiercely honest answers to interview questions. This is partly because, quite often, actors are on interminably long press junkets when they're promoting projects and get asked the same inane questions over and over. Just look at Lady Gaga's "100 people in a room" monologue.
But once in a while, actors are naturally going to slip off script - sometimes during particularly awkward celebrity interviews - and answer a question with unexpected honesty. In a way, it's refreshing to hear a celeb share real talk and not the media-friendly tripe their publicist is pushing.
At the 2017 Save Our Schools march in Washington, DC, Matt Damon was asked a remarkably inappropriate question by a camera operator: "Aren’t 10 percent of teachers bad though?... Ten percent of people in any profession maybe should think of something else."
Damon, who was standing beside his school teacher mom, answered, "Maybe you’re a sh*tty cameraman."
In 2015, Jason Momoa was questioned about whether he considered himself a feminist. "I wasn’t raised by a man. I was raised by a single mother my whole life," he responded. "It’d be ridiculous for me to say that I didn’t believe in it. They’re the strongest beings in the world."
When Carrie Fisher was interviewed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert shortly before her passing in 2016, the host asked her a surprisingly frank question: "Were you asked to physically transform at all as Princess Leia?" he asked. "I heard they asked you to lose weight."
Fisher, not shy about calling out the people behind her upcoming film, replied, "They want to hire part of me, not all of me. They want to hire about three-fourths. And so I have to get rid of the fourth somehow. The fourth can’t be with me."
The exchange begins at 3:53.
At a press conference for The Avengers in 2012, Scarlett Johansson, sitting next to Robert Downey Jr., was asked if she had to diet or eat specific foods to prepare for playing Black Widow. She turned to Downey and said, "How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the rabbit food question?"
She then gave a quick, clearly irritated answer: "Uh, yes…you're training and doing all that stunt work, and so you eat a lot of green things. Next question."