Wired magazine has come up with a refreshingly new take on the celebrity sit-down with “Autocomplete Interviews.” Rather than ask the usual series of questions, the interviewer presents the famous folks, who usually appear with their co-stars in current projects, with various incomplete Google search terms and asks them to fill in the blanks.
The interchanges between the celebrities make for much merriment. Among those paired up for the second season, which is in contention at the upcoming Emmy Awards, are:
“Passenger” co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt;
‘Snatched’ stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn;
“How To Be a Latin Lover” co-stars Salma Hayek and Eugenio Derbez;
“Life” co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal;
“Colossal” co-stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis;
“Star Wars: Rogue One” co-stars Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn and Alan Tudyk;
“Going in Style” co-stars Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman;
“Gifted” co-stars Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace;
“Office Christmas Party” co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman; and
“Office Christmas Party” co-stars Kate McKinnon and Vanessa Bayer.
Flying solo were Dana Carvey (“The Secret Life of Pets”), Samuel L. Jackson (“Kong: Skull Island”) and Tracy Morgan (“Fist Fight”).
Part of the fun is watching the celebrities find out what are the most searched questions about them and then seeing them answer these. For the most part, these interviews are played for laughs, with many of those coming from the co-stars who often interject with their own responses.
“Autocomplete Interviews” is entered in the Best Short Form Variety Series category. This was introduced by the TV academy last year when it split Best Short Format Live-Action Entertainment Program into three. Also added were awards for non-fiction or reality series and comedy or drama series. The inaugural winner was “Park Bench with Steve Buscemi,” another interview show that saw the actor go one-on-one with a subject. That show, which finally netted Buscemi an Emmy after seven losses, signed off after two seasons.