Donald Glover interviewed for Interview magazine in an article published Thursday, and the only way to truly convey the lopsided nature of the Q&A is to provide an example of what it looks like. And I, Elyse Wanshel, the author of this post, apologize in advance:
ELYSE WANSHEL: Hi, Elyse Wanshel, the author of this post.
ELYSE WANSHEL: Salvation.
Do you know what I think?
No. Tell me.
How do you not know what I think? I am you.
I am sorry. I just read Donald Glover’s interview in Interview magazine where he interviews himself, and my brain melted.
Melted like homemade ice cream sprinkled with internet-made foie gras on an upstate farm after quitting social media and releasing the rap equivalent of “Okay computer?
ELYSE and ELYSE: [Laughing] I hope so!
At the top of the interview, Glover explains that he argues with himself because he doesn’t like interviews and thinks the questions he’s asked “are usually the same.”
“That way I can get questions that I don’t usually get asked,” he tells the interviewer, who is himself.
In fact, most of the questions Glover asks are pretty standard, like, “Who do you see yourself?” and “Are you still making music?” – but the often jarring piece offers some interesting insights. Glover tells Glover he’s inspired by Willy Wonka, gets mad at himself asking if he’s afraid of black women, and thinks “The Sopranos” is the only show as good as his FX series “Atlanta. “.
He also believes that “Because the Internet,” the Grammy-nominated album he released in 2013 as Childish Gambino, is a “classic”.
“It’s rap Ok Computerthought Glover, referring to Radiohead’s widely acclaimed 1997 release. “It’s prescient in tone and subject and hugely influential.” And I know that no one will give me this before I die. But it’s true.”
He also reveals that his biggest fear (another pretty standard interview question – just to say) is losing his mother, which leads to a surprisingly sweet moment hidden in an undeniably messy interview.
“It’s tough. Because it will happen one day,” Glover the interviewer told Glover the interviewee.
“I think it’s not even that,” Glover replies. “I think it’s more that I’m just in love with her right now. It brings me a lot of joy to give her joy. Our relationship now is something I’ve never known. I’m becoming the caretaker. She teaches me to be old. I think I see her as a woman and not as my mother for the first time.
It also touches The release of Phoebe Waller-Bridge of his “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” for Amazon, attributing it to “classic creative differences”. When the news broke in August, The Hollywood Reporter described it as an “amicable split.”
Glover then wonders if he and Waller-Bridge are still friends.
“What does it mean to be a friend?” I still love her,” Glover told Glover. “I guess she still loves me.”
He also said Maya Erskine, best known for “PEN15,” now plays Ms. Smith opposite Glover, and he’s almost done writing the full season.
This writer wasn’t the only one confused by the play. Many Twitter users were confused:
For more on Glover’s views on Joe Rogan, “Euphoria,” and cancel culture, head over to Interview for try to make sense of read it all.
The interview between Elyse and Elyse has been condensed and edited for clarity, as if “clarity” means anything in this context.