Google Hangout: My Interview with Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Someone (frannyglass22 on twitter) requested that I blog about my interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Steven Spielberg during the premier of the trailer for Lincoln, but I had already decided this was something I wanted to immortalize in my memory. No urging needed! I’m all on this.

To start, let me say that there was a crazy week of preparation and a whole lot of uncertainty, but I got to work with some amazing people who made the event as un-stressful as they could. One of them was Anna, an organizer who worked directly with me from the time that Google+ decided I was a possible participant up until the day of the live stream. Even the people over at Disney Studios were really supportive. I said uncertainty because there were a few times where I was so nervous I almost bailed. Almost.

I had applied to the event thinking that it was going to be a selective 100 or so of us in the chat, sort of like a press conference composed of fans. I also, for some reason, never got the memo that it would be broadcasted live on Times Square (like what?!) until a day before the event, during our pre-rehersal. Haha. Gosh, I’m terrible since I’m a self-proclaimed “Lincoln” fan. How could I have missed this? I blame it on the fact that school was starting and I was scrambling to deal with hospital administration.

Then, just minutes before the broadcast as we were all sitting in the Green Room going over final checks, my brain finally caught up to me and I realized the crazy flipping thing that I was just about to do. Can I also get some hoorays for the fact that this was the FIRST movie to premier its trailer in a Google+ Hangout? Majorly awesome and I’m very honored to be part of that exclusive “first” group. Google kept telling me how I was going to be making history. Heh, we’ll see about that…

Joseph and Steven in the HangoutCan I get three cheers for their smiles? (And the fact that JGL has dimples!!!)

(I’m such a sucker for dimples…)

Seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Steven Spielberg a few minutes before we were live on air was so fucking surreal. You guys didn’t see this, but Joseph and Steven were joking around about the whether or not Steven’s shirt should be tucked in or have it hanging out. Steven made this comment about how having his shirt tails out was more for young people like Joe. (Kind of wish I had recorded this, but I didn’t want to run the chance that my computer would lag.)

ScreenShotJGLSS + LittleOldMeI thought I sounded like an idiot and was very awkward during my section, but I guess it wasn’t that bad once I watched it again. Moment of confession: I really wanted to make a comment about Daniel Day-Lewis. He looks absolutely amazing in the trailer and the promotional poster, but I didn’t want to repeat what Hashim had asked and I didn’t want to make a random comment. Now I wish I did. Haha.

Can we also get cheers for the amazing trailer?!

I had major goosebumps. Even better? It releases two days after my birthday! 😀 Can we say that I’ll be celebrating a late birthday at the movie theater? Hehe.The other two fans were majorly supportive and kind. We’ve decided to keep in contact with each other. :] Before you ask, no, I never got to casually talk to JGL or Steven Spielberg. We didn’t get introduced to them until a few minutes before the interview and then they had to dash right after the hangout was done. We were also highly advised against asking them personal questions or questions that weren’t related to Lincoln. I really don’t have any interesting tidbits about them (besides the shirt tails story).

If you know me at all, I’m a huge fan of the Inception cast. I have another blog post called DEAR: Christopher Nolan which talks all about my love for Inception. I’ve always been a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a follower of Ellen Page. Recently, I got pulled into the Tom Hardy fandom because of This Means War and The Dark Knight Rises. I swear, this year’s movie releases are absolutely killing my savings account. Hunger Games? Avengers? TDKR? This Means War? Brave? Snow White and the Huntsman? The Amazing Spiderman? Now there’s Lincoln? Stop it directors. You have to stop before I go broke. Seesh.

Just under a year ago I studied Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in detail. I watched the movie, analyzed the scenes, wrote a paper, and presented for one of my upper level university classes. It wasn’t really to examine the cinematography. It was more of a paper that analyzed the use and portrayal of science and technology within films.

IU going out of her mind!

I think I got side-tracked… I guess what I am trying to get at is that during the whole interview I was trying really hard not to faint/die/squeal/seem like an over-enthused fangirl. I really hope I succeeded. You know, because acting like that in front of one of your favorite actors/directors is not suave/cool/acceptable.

Here’s a link to the recorded event if you missed it:

I heard from a lot of people on Google+ that they were having trouble getting into the event. I’m not sure if that’s because we were broadcasting in Times Square and there were 1,000+ people trying to watch the live stream or if it was something wrong over at Google, but the viewers weren’t alone. When we first went live the hangout turned very unstable. There was a bit of lag and a bit of echo. It got worse when the trailer played. I’m not sure what people saw when they were watching the live event, but parts of the video were skipping and everything was echoing twice over. They fixed it for the youtube video, but it was really bad in the hangout until they fixed all our audio problems. I guess it goes to show that no matter how much planning you do something can always go terribly wrong. I had to re-watch the trailer after the hangout was finished to actually get a sense of what was going on, but it was still an unbelievable experience.


One wish: I really wish that someone had taped the event on the big Times Square screen and uploaded a video of it! I’m really curious to know what it looked like from Times Square!


3 thoughts on “Google Hangout: My Interview with Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  1. This is just… awesome! Knowing that you’re a JGL fan, I am really glad that you were chosen as one of the participants. I don’t think you looked awkward or sounded like an idiot. You looked calm and collected and I was all “how does she do that?!”. If that was me, I would have freaked out and just stutter or blackout from nervousness!

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