On the show tonight (14th October), Graham welcomes Oscar-nominated Hollywood star Kate Hudson, Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, American actor-director Elizabeth Banks, Irish acting legends Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, and singer-songwriter Self Esteem.
Kate Hudson talks about Goldie Hawn’s involvement in her life, Edward Enninful recalls the backlash over his appointment to British Vogue, Elizabeth Banks talks about her ‘coming of age’ movie, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson chat about working together, and Self Esteem performs live in the studio.
Kate, talking about the new Knives Out whodunnit Glass Onion, says, “I really can’t tell you much about it because it’s a mystery, but it was so much fun to do and my character Birdy was fabulous to play. The cast is wonderful and Daniel (Craig) was great fun to watch.” Adding, “We weren’t allowed to see the movie except with an audience, which I’ve never done before and it caused lots of sweating and a headache, but when I did see it with so many people it was just raucous and a great party. It was cool.”
Talking about her mother (Goldie Hawn), she says, “She likes to be very involved in my life. So much so that she came to the births of my children. She just had to be there and was like right in my vagina with headlight reading glasses on! It was like out of a comedy but as funny as it was, it was also this unbelievably emotional experience for both of us.”
Edward, talks about his fascinating memoir A Visible Man and the fabulous trajectory of his career. Asked where his confidence came from, he says, “I wouldn’t say it was confidence, it was survival. We had to flee from Ghana and as an immigrant family you are just taught to work, work hard, work ten times as hard. I got that discipline from my parents. It was tough.”
Recalling the early days of his modelling career, he says, “When I was spotted I didn’t even know what fashion was or what a fashion magazine was. My mother warned me that there were a lot funny people in the industry and she was right. People would tell stories about how they were bullied in the industry but my mother came with me and would sit in the corner giving everyone dirty looks and no one can give dirty looks like an African mother so no one came near me – I was left alone!”
Asked about the backlash after he was appointed editor of British Vogue, he says, “I didn’t realise there would be a whole conversation in the UK about who would get the job and me being calling me an outsider even though I had been in the industry since I was 18. I knew all I wanted to do was create a magazine that celebrated women – every woman is beautiful regardless of colour, shape, age or economic background. That’s all I wanted to do and nothing got in my way, but I took a beating for it before I started.”
Elizabeth chats about her new comedy-drama Call Jane, which she describes as “A coming of age movie of a 40-year old woman.”
Talking about how people could think the film is a reaction to the recent overturning of abortion rights in the US, she says, “The film was written and made before Roe v. Wade was reversed but now we feel a much deeper responsibility to put this story out.”
Asked about how she speaks to her own children about sex, she says, “I am not embarrassed at all and I am very open with them. I learnt from my own mother that those conversations should happen as early and as often as possible. The only way to lower the abortion rate is by great sex education to empower women to understand about what’s going on with their bodies and how to protect themselves and to learn that sex can be fun.”
Colin and Brendan join Graham to chat about their new black comedy The Banshees of Inisherin, which Brendan describes as “A break up story between two men.”
Talking about the 14-minute standing ovation the film received at The Venice Film Festival, Colin says, “It was a long time and I’ve never experienced anything like it in 20 years of doing this racket. You stand there like a pillock as it was a bit embarrassing, but it was amazing.”
Brendan adds, “It was excruciating but it really was an appreciative thing from the heart, there was real love of the film in the room. The audiences wasn’t remotely embarrassed and they were having a great time so we had a great time with them.”
Asked if they had thought about being method about the on-screen break-up and not speak to each other off set, Colin says, “Brendan goes very deep into the work and I was a bit worried because I love him so much.”
Brendan adds, “We both said, ‘Do you think we should keep a distance between us?’ We were looking at each other wondering if the other person needed it, but about a second and half later we both simultaneously went, ‘Nah!’”
Self Esteem performs Wizardry live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat.
Talking about the Mercury Prize awards, which were rescheduled for next week due to the death of The Queen, she says, “They are a big deal for me – I know you are not meant to say that, but I’ve put everything on hold for the last five or six weeks… It’s been a bit lawless!”
And finally, Graham pulls the lever on more foolhardy audience members brave enough sit in the world famous red chair to tell their funniest stories.
The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday 14th October, 10.40pm. Also
available on BBC iPlayer.
Notes to editors – All quotes in this release were made during the recording of the show but won’t necessarily appear in the final version.
Next week (21st October) Graham’s guests include Stormzy, Geena Davis, Stephen Graham, and Motsi Mabuse.
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