The Adam Driver Interview Heard Around the Internet
By: Emily Menken
The Internet’s current hot guy is stoic, former-Marine Adam Driver. Driver stars in two of winter’s hottest films, “Marriage Story” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. This week, he made headlines for his Fresh Air interview - an interview that will never be heard, since he walked out halfway through while listening to a clip of himself from “Marriage Story” - after asking host Terry Gross to refrain from playing sound bytes of his voice.
The Daily Beast broke the scoop first - since then, the story has gone viral. And like everything else on the Internet, everyone has an opinion. On one hand, part of the role of a celebrity is to promote their film and play to the PR circuit. If that means an occasional interview with Terry Gross (beloved, esteemed NPR icon), so be it. On the other hand, the dramatic exit is being seen as “self-care”. Anxiety and mental health should be taken seriously - anxiety attacks can lead to shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, fainting, etc.
The relationship between us, the audience, and stars and their private neurosis versus their public persona is often tangled. In this case, it’s led to a public relations nightmare and potentially has marred Adam Driver’s cult-y following.