Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

The Most Awkward Celebrity Interviews Of 2014


An on-camera interview is a bit like having a film crew at a first date. You're meeting someone, usually, for the first time, and you both have something that you'd like to get out of the situation. And so, like many first dates, this can often be a contradiction with differing objectives and personalities clashing.

We've trawled through the best and worst of 2014's interview footage and found these, the most awkward examples of the year.

Watch and hide:

Spike Jonze on Newsnight

"Let's get Spike Jonze on the show!"

"But his new film isn't really newsworthy!"

"Who cares!"

...is how we imagine the Newsnight brainstorm might have gone back in February, Yes, Jonze's film Her exists in a futuristic society where people are able to engage in romantic affairs with artificial intelligence but it's a romance rather than a satire. For Emily Maitlis though, she took issue with the portrayal of women in the film and proceeded to prod, which only served to show the utter pointlessness of inviting a film director to speak on a current affairs show.

Riff Raff on Complex

Riff Raff, in case you're not aware, is a rapper who swaggered his way into the spotlight in 2014 thanks to a guest spot on a Katy Perry track. But as you can see from this disastrous chat with Complex, he's also the actual embodiment of James Franco's character in Spring Breakers. The interview goes exactly how you would expect from someone whose Twitter bio reads: MY MAiN GOAL iS TO BLOW UP AND ACT LiKE i DONT KNOW NOBODY.

Pharrell on Channel 4 News

Another attempt to get something newsworthy out of someone who has no interest in making the news, this embarrassing moment in Krishnan Guru-Murthy's interview with Pharrell was made nightmarishly memorable by the use of the phrase "naughty thoughts" and the ensuing awfulness that it brings.

Sky Ferreira on The Noite

While a lot of the awkwardness in this Brazilian interview with 2014's breakout singer can be attributed to the language barrier (a translator has to relay the questions), a lot of it is also down to sheer strangeness (talking about crack), poor co-ordination (witness the horror of a clumsy handshake followed by a clumsy fist pump) and just plain rudeness (the first question needs to be seen to be believed). Bonus points to Ferreira for handling it all like a pro.

Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader on Channel 2 News

One important rule to abide by when you're interviewing an actor: always watch the movie that you're talking about first. Or, if you're not able to, at least make sure that you pretend convincingly. For the release of The Skeleton Twins, ex-SNL castmates Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader discover that their interviewer has a vague idea of what their movie is actually about. At best. 

Arsene Wenger on Match of the Day

Post-match interviews are patchy at best, especially when the result isn't a great one and this uncomfortable chat with Arsene Wenger and MOTD's Jacqui Oatley is easily the most difficult to watch of the year. Even Gary Lineker tweeted to say: "Must say, I thought Arsene Wenger was arrogant, defensive and patronising to Jacqui Oatley in the face of excellent and fair questioning."

Aretha Franklin on Everything

A wonderful montage here of Aretha Franklin loathing every second of a day of interviews thanks to a mix of bad sound, loud music and inane questions.

Richard Ayoade on Channel 4 News

Another appearance here for Krishnan Guru-Murthy where he speaks to the notoriously shy Richard Ayoade about his new book. Ayoade decided to turn it into a meta interview about the interview and while being incredibly awkward, it's also rather brilliant.



The Best Movie Bloopers Of 2014


Duncan Jones just handled a rude interviewer like an absolute boss


The 10 Greatest Ads Of 2014


30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About 2014's Biggest Movies


Football’s Most Awkward Handshake Snubs


Most awkward celebrity handshakes



The new bike lock that will literally makes thieves sick

The SkunkLock sprays a vomit-inducing chemical when cut

by Tom Fordy
21 Oct 2016

Watch Donald Trump meet Saint & Greavsie to do the Rumbelows Cup draw

Did this really happen?

21 Oct 2016

Baby Jesus statue in Canada criticised after 'shocking' restoration

A holy cock up

by Tom Fordy
21 Oct 2016

This man tried to shoplift a venetian blind stuffed down his trousers

Fair play

20 Oct 2016

Great men tells us about the greatest beer they ever had

Irvine Welsh, Idris Elba, Frank Turner, Ken Loach & more

20 Oct 2016

This letter from George Bush to Bill Clinton shows Trump what class is

From one President to another

by Dave Fawbert
20 Oct 2016

Charlie Brooker on nostalgia, social media and Black Mirror

The Black Mirror creator has his say on the filmmaker's criticism of modern TV

20 Oct 2016

An ode to Kumbuka, the gorilla who escaped and downed 5l of squash

Let's take a moment to savour ZSL London's great primate escape, the hero we all want to be

by Tristan Cross
20 Oct 2016

30 times Gary Lineker said what we were all thinking

Unafraid to speak his mind - and usually right

by Dave Fawbert
20 Oct 2016

Stephen Hawking thinks A.I. could be worst thing to happen to humanity

Run for the hills, the machines are about to take over

by Tom Fordy
20 Oct 2016