Watch Spike Jonze Grill BBC Anchor In Awkward Interview, Repeatedly Ask If She Was 'Moved' By 'Her'
Awards season is upon us! If there was a Most Awkward Interview award that existed, Spike Jonze would surely win for his most recent chat with BBC Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis.
Interviewing from Los Angeles on Friday, the director and writer of Oscars-nominated Her was irked with Maitlis' comment that Her was about "falling in love with your software." Apparently, that was just enough to push Jonze over the edge and make him turn from the interviewee to the testy interviewer.
"Have you seen the movie, Emily?" Jonze said. "I'm just curious what your reaction was to the movie or what you felt when watching it because the lead-in was all about falling in love with software, which really the movie isn't about. It's more of a love story and a relationship story, but I was just wondering what you felt when watching it."
Maitlis then replied with a zing: "Well, I was just curious as to whether the man has found the ideal woman who just works for him as his P.A."
Jonze, who says most people find his film (starring Joaquin Phoenix about a man who falls in love with his operating system) to be "emotional," repeatedly asked Emily if she was "moved" by Her. She tried to skirt around his question and he said, "Emily, don't try to avoid this question."
Well, Maitlis kept it real after the segment aired on TV and tweeted how she really felt about the movie. So, to answer Jonze's question: no, not so moved: