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Monday, January 21, 2013

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


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.”

Source: www.entertainment.inquirer.net

78 comments:

  1. Move on na po tyo... Ricky Lo learned his lesson nman cguro d2.

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    1. Grabe kayo mag judge kay Tito Ricky. Si Anne Hathaway ay insecured bitch.

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    2. You said we are really quick to judge Ricky Lo but you're the one who is calling Anne Hathaway an "insercured bitch". Okay. So, I guess your quick to judge Anne Hathaway too?

      Anyway, this event is a perfect example of a big difference in cultural identity. Anne is a professional, world renowned. Ricky Lo is known, here, in the Philippines, for the most part and I guess he is used to interviewing local celebrities so he used the same tactics to interview Anne which was wrong. Mr. Lo should have stuck to professional questions and strayed away from personal ones, as what has been cited in this article.

      Two different cultures, clashing. If Mr. Lo was more prepared and well oriented with the craft of interviewing a world renowned artist, then maybe this interview would have gone smoothly.

      As for Anne, I think I would be quite pissed off as well if he asked me those questions. I mean, heres some journalist prying about your life from the get go. Maybe a smooth transition and a polite beginning would have been better.

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    3. @ Anon 1:05: Nagka-whiplash ako sa 180 degree turn ng comment mo. And all in 2 sentences. "Grabe mag-judge", sabay biglang "insecure bitch". Define irony, teh.

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    4. As the saying goes "to whom much is given, much will be required". What I’m trying to point out is that she doesn't have to act RUDE just because someone asked her questions that look insulting. She should have expected varied questions from A to Z beyond her imagination and answer them in a very polite manner. I am expecting more from her because she’s already on top. Her attitude towards Ricky in this interview is just as crazy as the questions asked. I am very disappointed with her actions. She just lost a fan.

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  2. Tanong ko lang if edited ba ang video? Baka may iba pang dahilan kumbakit imbyerna si Anne kay Ricky.

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  3. again, paretiruhin na si Ricky Lo sa mga international stars, at magStartalk na lamang sya

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  4. Ricky Lo is a Philippine Star columnist, not Inquirer. I never liked him, I don't care how long he's been doing the interviews and writing for a broadsheet, just like Boy Abunda, he is over rated. He do not usually research his subjects before the interviews. I hope that interviewers will take the Theater Actor's advise posted by FB. Be that as it may, I read it before that Journalists are usually being briefed not to ask particular questions specially personal ones, specially with A Lists stars.

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    1. I don't like Boy too! Hehehe

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    2. I think Boy Abunda actually asks interesting questions and engages the interviewee. My big problem with Abunda is he doesn't know how to listen. Every time I watch him, I cringe at how he interrupts his guests, from big names like Nicholas Sparks to the guest audience at Bottomline. He feeds them lines and waits for them to agree.

      I don't know. When will the Philippines have even an Ellen or an Oprah, or at least anyone who knows how to ask questions and listen to answers.

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    3. I agree. Boy asks interesting question but doesn't know when to stop talking. You'll never know whose opinion he wants to hear = his or his guests.

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  5. he's just not good at interviewing. he should just stick to writing where he is good at.

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  6. Tapos na yan. Na learned the hard way ang lolo mo. Next time for christ's sake wag na sha ang ipadala!

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  7. everybody gets bad days sometimes. this is definitely one of Ricky's.
    now referring to the opportunity to have an international star see us for the depth of our conversations, there is one word: Sayang!

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    1. korek...there's no depth in the questions he asked

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    2. Exactly. He was fishing for a news story titled "Anne Hathaway idolizes Lea!" Haha.

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  8. Kaya nga dapat next time paghandaan ang interview. Wag masyado maging kampante para di nasosoplak ng bonggang bongga.

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  9. Ricky Lo's lesson learned??? Wag kang:

    feeling close
    bida bida
    atribida
    echosera
    bulol at utal utal

    and stop asking the generic questions in relation to the philippines sa mga foreign stars!!!

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    1. Actually, feeling close works if you know how to ask the right questions and make the interviewee feel at ease. There's this other video by a Filipino on Youtube, although that Pinoy's been in the US for some time and is used to interviewing celebs, but he did was "feeling close" and it works. Because he wasn't an ass.

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  10. si team yup ok lang ba sa inyo people?

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    1. nakow, isa pang overrated na tao. he's just riding on celebrities' coattails.

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    2. isa pa yang buckle at buyoy king! masyadong pasosyal english ng english kahit kinakain na mga salita at hinahabol ang hininga! ewan ko sa bekbek na yan maikli ata ang dila kaya BULOL!

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    3. No way!!! Someone professional in the movie field would be better. Yung talagang mahilig manood at nagre research sa mga hollywood stars. Hindi yung para may maipadala lang na magtatatong at masabing from philstar!

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  11. Yabang naman nyan hathaway na yan!

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  12. Kay Anne Hathaway lang naman sya pumalpak. There were about a hundred interviews that were okay. Same questions were asked and were answered politely. Anne was just plain rude.

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    1. same generic questions were asked??? ohhh phhuuuullleeezzz akala ko ba he's on top of his league eh bakit generic t personal questions lang ang alam nya??? and most of his interview will include some questions in relation to the philippines na waley naman kinalaman sa movie???? he's just so full of him self BULOL naman at utal

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    2. he hasn't learned his lesson. pumalpak na rin yan when interviewing big international stars before. kaso lang di nya yan mini-mention sa mga articles nya for Philstar. kung makasulat eh parang perfect ang naging interview nya. at wala pang social networking sites at youtube nuon kaya nakakalusot sya sa scrutiny ng madlang pipol. ewan ko ba kung bakit Philstar keeps sending him to interview all these foreign celebrities. shonga shonga, dull at boring naman ang pag conduct ng interview. at kung maka-ask ng offending questions, wagas! di ako sure kung nanadya sya talaga o engot lang talaga.

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    3. anon 6:29 PM and 3:00 AM, cge kayo ang maginterview. gagaling nyo mag criticize. move on na please, next topic

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  13. nasanay kasi kung paano interbyuhin ang mga artista dito sa atin, pinagsasama personal, away, lovelife, ka-cheapan in one interview :D

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  14. Just do better next time to regain himself...

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  15. Mas off ung question ni time giver kay blair... Mas nakakahiya un... Plangak

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  16. obviously ricky lo is loosing his bolts na?, maybe its about time he retires and let the younger generation do the interviews, he knows the protocol, he knows the boundaries especially if you interview an international celebrity/personality, they arent your typical next door neighbor in manila? and as a professional journalist, he knows that all questions should be about the movie being promoted and not anne hathaway herself? hello? the backdrop of the set tells it all, its not a bio interview or one on one like ellen degeneres/oprah/david letterman of which the celebrity guested in "their" show, again ricky lo forgot that he isnt in GMA7 studios, or in his office desk where the interviewee just walk in, it was he who was given the interview spot, fyi, not all journalists are given that opportunity, kaya nga the creation of TMZ evolve, when one can do ambush interviews without going thru a road manager/agent/handlers...its about time we wake up, its actually a shame for him to behave such, makapal lang ang mukha kesyo may pangalan sa industry? kesyo one had a big break in the past, he deserved the majestic acclamations? there are young journalists out there who can do (3 mins only!) interview better and not put to shame the professionalism of philippine journalism, ok?

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    1. Agree. So what if he had a "long stint in entertainment journalism." Just because he has had a long stint doesn't mean he was good/is still good :P And that still doesn't take away the fact that this interview SUCKED.

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    2. He's not a journalist! He's a showbiz writer! There's a difference!

      - bitchesa

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  17. Medyo sumungit nga si Anne Hathaway throughout the interview, pero kasi, nakakainit naman talaga ng ulo ma-interview ng isang bumbling, mumbling "interviewer".

    Okay na? Move on na tayo?

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  18. Regardless, she is still rude. kahit sabihin niyo na boring, walang kwenta magtanong si ricky lo, wala siyang karapatan na magmaldita. Wag i-justify ang kabastusan ng babaeng yan.

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    1. ateng anne was there for the promotion of her movie hindi para sagutin kung panu sya pumayat, kung naghirap ba sya, kung kilala nya si lea salonga at anu message nya ke lea na wala namang kinalaman sa movie nya at sa kanya!!! common sense lang kaw kaya tanungin ng crush mo ng mga tanung na tungkol sa di mo naman kakilalang tao ng kung anu anu di ka kaya maiirita???

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    2. Yon nga ang ibig sabihin ng magpromote ng movie- ang sumagot ng interview questions kahit pa shunga ito. Entertainer sya diba? Artista sya diba? Dapat umarte na lang sya na mabait at itago ang pagka bitchesa nya. Kung wala pala sya gana magpa interview, d na sya dapat sumama sa pagpromote. Im not saying si anne lang ang mali, mali din si ricky. Pero wag natin tingalain masyado itong anne hathaway na to.

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    3. hello! eh kung si ricky lo nalang kaya ang wag nating ijustify sa mga tanong nyang bastos at non-sense diba? kung ginawa lang sana nya ang trabaho nya at nagresearch diba? dahil sa ginawa ni anne maslalo nga dapat syang tingalain eh, kung tutuusin she expects nothing but professionalism, so pangatawanan ang pagiging "journalist" umayos sana sya para di sha napapahiya!

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  19. Mga shunga mas rude at tacklist pa ang hollywood mag interview worst pa. mga FLIP! bitchesa LNG si Anne kc di taga Hollywood ang nag interview.

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    1. Check the interview of Manny the Movie Guy. Di naman bitchesa si Anne doon, tumatawa pa nga eh!

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  20. ayan we got used to the bakya and intruding style of our local reporters.sana magpaka world class naman kayo.stick to questions about the craft.foreign artists value their privacy so much, and it is just right.ang mga pinoy artists medyo pabaya kungdi sipsip sa press para di sila tirahin ng press.we all get what we deserve.you should not complain na nabastos ka ni hathaway.

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    1. true, maghanap ka ng artista dito na sumikat dahil maganda ang movie or de kalibre talaga? sumisikat mga artista dito dahil laging laman ng dyaryo lovelife ni ganito lovelife ni ganyan, sino inahas, sino kapalit after breakup. sino inaway. yan ang bentahe lagi dito sa atin.

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    2. sana mas ibenta ng artista dito sa atin ang sarili nya bilang isang propesyonal at de-kalibre, kung may personal man, 10% lang kung pwede :D

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  21. moral of the story: be prepared. do your research.

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  22. Wow. Ruffa G calling out Anne Hathaway for being bitchy. ANYAREEEEE?!?!?!?!

    Nalunod lang me sa irony.

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    1. Ateng ok lang na BITCHY wag lang fame-whore, talentless and narcissist like Ruffa G.

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  23. I think its karma for him. I'd read some of his past articles criticizing Charice talking in english, eh sya nga di nya ma pronounce correctly yung Fantine.

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  24. Hindi lng tlga moment ni RL ung interview nya with Anne. D nman rude c Anne dun sa interview ni Manny. Hindi lng tlga cla ngswak ni RL.

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  25. Ricky Lo is really terrible with interviews. He once asked James Blunt : So you are a licensed pilot, have you ever flown a plane?

    Duh!

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    1. or when he interviewed vin disel and kept saying "in your movie TRAYpol X..." (triple x) MULTIPLE times. oh gawwwwd!

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  26. I honestly don't think Anne was rude. She was just civil. Her demeanor and answers were guarded but I don't think she was rude?

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    1. prangka(straight forward) lang talaga ang mga amerikano, kasi tayo takot tayo mag papaligoy-ligoy para di mag mukang mayabang...

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  27. Mixed reactions? Eh there was a consensus in the reaction. The intrrview was shameful. You said it yourself he is a veteran but then again this is not his forte. Yun lang yun.

    Jimboy

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  28. What if si Karen Davila ang nag-interview?

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  29. sana c tito boy abunda nlang ang nag nterview :D

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  30. ruffa g? have we forgotten that she walked out on her own show (live pa ito) in the kapatid network...sino ba ang bitchiness?

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    1. Biased yang si ruping dahil si Ricky lagi nagsusulat about the gutierrez family (bayaran ni anabelle). I remember years ago nung laging may article si ricky about ruffa, when she's not even in the country. Wala sa sirkulasyon ay sulat pa rin ng sulat si ricky about ruffa's aktibidades sa ibang bansa.

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  31. puro chismis lng kse ang alam nya... unlike si manny (another interviewer) halatang nag-reasearch cia. syempre kaya nagpa-interview sila to promote un movie at kung paano nila un pinaganda.

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  32. I remember before, when a korean artist went to Manila, tapos may interview. The PR of the korean artist requested for the resume of the interviewers/media. Nagwala ang lola Ricky dahil di naman daw sikat ang koreano and nagsulat ng bad stuff about the artist.
    Ngayon na-karma sya dahil feeling close at sikat itong si lola Ricky, sya tuloy pinag-invite ni Anne Hathaway sa movie nya.

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  33. Nice nman si hathaway at the start of the interview,nkakainis lang tlaga the way ng interview ni ricky lo.

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  34. Anne does not want personal questions, she just want to talk about the movie. She hates talking about her weight loss. Anne's handlers should have reviewed the questions first to avoid this embarrassment.

    eypolapol.tumblr.com

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    1. eh kung ayaw pala nya ng personnal questions eh sana sinabihan na yung mga magiinterview sa kanya dun na bawal ang personnal questions.
      yung iba namang hollywood stars na nainterview ni ricky Lo mas sikat pa kay Anne, ang babait at hindi rude!

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  35. Mabait pa nga si anne hathaway eh. buti nga hindi siya ng WTF directly di ba? haha.

    Pero siguro mas malaki lang ang expectations kay Ricky Lo dahil nga antagal niya na sa industriya. Thoughts lang.

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  36. Si Raymond Gutierez magaling maginterview, professional at intelligent magtanong. Sana sya na lang.

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    1. Raymond? I shudder to think what he'll ask.

      Maybe something like - hey, I like your bag. My mom has that, too. Where did you get it? Greenhills?

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  37. I was surprised Ricky didn't ask what was her favorite sleeping attire. Well, the interview was typical of a Ricky Lo. I see nothing with the interview. Maybe, Ricky thought he was interviewing a Filipino star Nothing wrong also with Anne's reaction. She's always been like that even to the Western press, why change just because of Ricky. And am sure Ricky experienced far more worse than this. He'll live thru this.

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  38. I've been trying to think of someone else who could have done it better but i can't think of any. All showbiz correspondents / journalists here are more accustomed to doing interviews with local celebs, thus the cultural gap. Sino sa tingin nyo pwede?

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  39. for me, saludo pa din ako kay Ricky Lo, sa 100 plus Hollywood Stars na nainterview na nya, hindi si Anne Hathaway ang makakasira sa carreer nya noh!
    may mga bastos talaga na Hollywood Star kagaya ni Anne, turn off na tuloy ako sa kanya.
    i like Ricky Lo than Boy Abunda,
    si Ricky Lo kasi straight to the point mag interview, si boy Abunda halos sya na ang sumasagot ng tanong nya,sa kadaldalan nya.
    Keep it up Ricky Lo, pinakita mo pa din na isa kang professional na columnista.

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  40. Ito ang reaksyon ni Ricky Lo sa kaguluhang ito. :))

    http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2013/01/23/899982/anne-thousand-hits

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  41. Tama ang comment ni Jim Paredes, there is a big cultural gap..dapat me training for international correspondents and coverage....
    -bayot na manicurista

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  42. Ricky Lo may not be the best interviewer but Anne Hathaway did not have to be so rude. I heard Matt Lauer ask similar questions, but she wasn't rude at all. Racist or bitch? Also, I just learned that she is right now, considered, unofficially the most annoying person in Hollywood. Try searching in Google her name and the words "annoying" and "hate". She didn't want to invite us Filipinos to watch her movie? She doesn't have my sympathy.

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  43. I thinks Ricky Lo uses the same list of questions over and over again. Hope he really learn his mistake

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  44. the interview was pitiful ... check out other interviews from orher reporters -- and whats with the Lea topic di ba ? di naman si lea yung subject ng interview --

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  45. As the saying goes "to whom much is given, much will be required". What I’m trying to point out is that she doesn't have to act RUDE just because someone asked her questions that look insulting. She should have expected varied questions from A to Z beyond her imagination and answer them in a very polite manner. I am expecting more from her because she’s already on top. Her attitude towards Ricky in this interview is just as crazy as the questions asked. I am very disappointed with her actions. She just lost a fan.

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  46. Anne Hathaway is a good actress that could
    entertain Filipino. But, sad to know that the interview with Ricky Lo to her is not as good as he interview other people. We should understand that sometimes we could not please everybody.

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