“Access Hollywood” journalist Jason Kennedy is throwing support to Ashley Graham following her viral interview with Hugh Grant at the Oscars.
“Don’t worry @ashleygraham … now you see why Hugh Grant isn’t one of our favorites to interview live,” Jason tweeted. “Well done working around his nonsense.”
On Sunday, Ashley chatted with the “Notting Hill” star for ABC’s “On the Red Carpet Live,” but things quickly got awkward, as the actor seemed disinterested in the chat and in the show itself.
During the interview, Hugh told Ashley he wasn’t cheering for anyone in particular; said he was wearing “just my suit” but didn’t name the designer; and said he “almost” had fun during his “three seconds” in the movie “Glass Onion.”
It seems that not everyone was sympathetic to Ashley.
“As a pro, maybe Ashley could have kept in mind his history of interviews & been more strategic if she wanted to interview him so badly,” one person tweeted. They added, “Weren’t there any number of other people to speak with.”
Jason immediately chimed in, noting that red carpets are chaotic and interviews are often prearranged.
“Not the case,” Jason reacted to the claim that other celebrities were available to speak with. “It’s pre produced for a broadcast like that, not her call.”
In media circles, Hugh is notorious for being difficult to interview, and he’s aware of his reputation. He recently admitted to getting cranky on the set of “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.”
“I lost my temper with a woman in my eye line on day one,” he told Total Film magazine. “I assumed she was some executive from the studio who should have known better. Then it turns out that she’s an extremely nice local woman who was the chaperone of the young girl.”
After the Oscars interview, “Good Morning Britain” host Susanna Reid said she’s had a rough go with Hugh before too.
“I’ve been there on the red carpet and the problem of course is if you are the reporter, it’s knowing exactly who’s coming towards you. It’s also a problem if the person you interview doesn’t particularly want to give you an interview,” she said. “Spare a thought for ABC’s Ashley Graham. She saw Hugh Grant, who is famous for sometimes being a little bit short with his words.”
For her part, Ashley reacted to the now-notorious interview in a brief chat with TMZ. Her goal, she said, is to “kill people with kindness.”