Metro talks with E! hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic talk about the red carpet experience at Hollywood's biggest night.
How do you remember all the things about each celebrity you interview on the red carpet?
RYAN: I happen to be a fairly ardent film and television junkie, which really helps. Plus I have a great team surrounding me who keep me informed so that I am never really out of the loop.
What is your opinion of Anne Hathaway and James Franco as hosts for the Oscars? Doesn’t the show fare better with a comedian as host?
They are true movie stars, and I think they will have viewers eating out of their hands from the moment they walk onstage.
As a popular TV figure, you surely get lots of attention when you travel. What is the strangest/funniest proposal you’ve received from a fan?
Actually, fans are really lovely to me and rarely make inappropriate advances. Of course, there is always the odd stranger who approaches me in a busy airport and truly expects me to get them on Idol based on that chance meeting.
How do you keep things fresh after doing so many red carpets? Doesn’t it get old?
Every awards show presents new opportunities because of the new material the actors do from year to year. Talking with Jeremy Renner about The Hurt Locker, for example, is very different than talking with him about The Town.
What’s the craziest thing you have seen at an awards show after party?
I wish I could tell you something, but I am usually preparing for the next day’s E! News after the awards shows.
Who do you think throws the best after party in Hollywood?
For sheer star power and glamour, you really can’t beat the Vanity Fair party. It has become an institution and many stars feel like they have not “arrived” until they have been invited.
Who do you think are the most elegant/fashionable male and female celebs who never disappoint on the red carpet?
In just a few short years, Anne Hathaway has really become one of the fashionistas to watch. Among the guys, Clooney and Pitt never seem to disappoint fans.
Women spend hours readying for the red carpet. How about you, Ryan? Any special grooming regime to prepare for the big day?
There is not really a day that goes by that I am not on camera, so prepping for it is just part of my daily routine. On red carpet days, however, I do try to wait as late as possible to shave since my day starts so early. You just don’t want to hug Meryl Streep with stubble, you know?