As a recovering entertainment journalist, interviews with actors generally bore me to the core. During my heyday, I stuck my tape recorder in front of everyone from Kim Kardashian to Quincy Jones and let me tell you, less than a handful were interesting enough for a catchy headline. Celebrity interviews tend to be packaged, stale, and filled with information that has been recycled time and time again, so I rarely take the time to listen to or read them anymore.
That’s why Carly Fleischmann’s interview with Hollywood megahunk Channing Tatum made my day.
The 21-year-old isn’t your typical journalist; in fact, she can’t even verbally ask questions herself. Fleischmann, who recently launched her own YouTube series Speechless with Carly Fleischmann, is autistic and speaks with the help of a computer.
“He has been a stripper, a police officer, a secret agent, a reporter, a boyfriend to many, and soon he will dump his wife to be with me,” are the opening words of her unapologetically candid and truly real interview with the star, who has a nearly 3-year-old daughter with actress Jenna Dewan Tatum.
Fleischmann, who was diagnosed with autism as well oral motor-apraxia when she was just 2 years old, allows her confidence to exude throughout the entire seven minutes she spends grilling the 36-year-old about everything from what Hollywood stars he wants to work with to his premarital sex life.
Tatum, who has undoubtedly been interviewed hundreds of times by the most experienced and renowned journalists in the world, takes to Fleischmann like a schoolgirl with a crush, blushing as he answers questions that would probably be inappropriate if asked by Diane Sawyer.
“I know you were a stripper growing up,” she inquires. “How many girls at the end of the night would you take home?”
The actor, who never stops giggling the entire interview, responds: “How many? At the end of one night? Some nights it was more than others.”
While this interview made me appreciate the Magic Mike star more than ever, it was clear to Channing, as well as I, that Carly was the real star.More On