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<em>What was your most memorable interview? </em>Hands down, it was my recent sit-down with Lady Gaga. To be able to spend an entire day with the biggest pop star on theplanet and discover so much about her &mdash; from her inspiration, to herprofessional highs and lows &mdash; was so satisfying.

Ben Mulroney

What was your most memorable interview?

Hands down, it was my recent sit-down with Lady Gaga.

To be able to spend an entire day with the biggest pop star on the planet and discover so much about her — from her inspiration, to her professional highs and lows — was so satisfying.

She was so honest, so candid and so truly down-to-earth that I actually felt that I learned something by the time it was done. To conduct an interview that goes beyond promoting an album or pushing a product, and to do so with someone like Lady Gaga, was a gift.

Looking back, what is your most embarrassing interview?

Easiest question to answer: introducing Russell Peters as Russell Simmons. On the Juno Awards red carpet.

In my defence, someone had said earlier that day: “whatever you do Ben, don’t confuse Peters with Simmons!”

They got in my head and I, of course, enjoyed a truly embarrassing moment on live TV.

Add to that, Russell milked that moment for a year until the next red carpet when I introduced him — deliberately — as Richard Simmons.

Tanya Kim

What was your most memorable interview?

I’m fortunate to say I’ve experienced a number of memorable interviews, but if one were to really stand out, it would have to be the time I spent with Jamie Foxx in Las Vegas. I feel as though it was truly one of the rare times when there really was no barrier between journalist and interviewee.

Jamie was warm, charming, funny, really giving of his time and possessed a wonderfully positive energy. He was the same person when the cameras were rolling and when they weren’t. He shared story after story with me as if we were just two old chums reconnecting… I still have warm fuzzy feelings when I think of this interview.



Looking back, what is your most embarrassing interview?


Truthfully, there’s not one moment in particular that comes to mind — if there was I would share it with you, absolutely! I’m a bit of a klutz, I like to goof around and have probably done a “few” (ahem) embarrassing things in my time…which is why it’s a good thing I don’t take myself too seriously!

 
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