International celebrities I have interviewed

by nikhil_taneja | created - 29 Aug 2011 | updated - 28 Oct 2013 | Public

1. Aaron Sorkin

Writer | The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to ...

Interview link: http://tinyurl.com/tmhaaronsorkin

2. Cameron Diaz

Actress | Vanilla Sky

A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and a German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied ...

Interview link: http://tinyurl.com/tmhjustincameron

3. Adam Sandler

Actor | The Waterboy

Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took ...

Interview link: http://tinyurl.com/tmhadamkatie

4. Justin Timberlake

Soundtrack | Trolls

Justin Randall Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn (Bomar) and Randall Timberlake, whose own father was a Baptist minister. At the age of 11, he appeared on the show Star Search (1983), and even though he didn't win, it didn't dampen his ambitions. He also ...

Interview link: http://tinyurl.com/tmhjustincameron

5. Will.i.am

Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Will.i.am was born on March 15, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA as William James Adams Jr.

6. Michael C. Hall

Actor | Dexter

Michael C. Hall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Janice (Styons), a guidance counselor, and William Carlyle Hall, who worked for IBM. Michael is a graduate of NYU's Master of Fine Arts program in acting. He is known for the titular character "Dexter" in Dexter (2006) and as mortician "David ...

7. Katie Holmes

Actress | Batman Begins

Born two months premature at four pounds, Kate Noelle Holmes made her first appearance on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. She is the daughter of Kathleen Ann (Craft), a philanthropist, and Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr., a lawyer. She is of German, Irish, and English ancestry. Her parents have said ...

Interview link: http://tinyurl.com/tmhadamkatie

8. David Cronenberg

Director | The Fly

David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...

9. Aaron Paul

Actor | Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul was born Aaron Paul Sturtevant in Emmett, Idaho, to Darla (Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a retired Baptist minister. While growing up, Paul took part in church programs, and performed in plays.

He attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. It was there, in eighth grade, that Aaron ...

10. Robert Carlyle

Actor | The Full Monty

Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...

Interview link: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/cinema/self-portraits-by-carlyle

11. Jon Bon Jovi

Soundtrack | Young Guns II

Jon Bon Jovi, was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. On March 2, 1962, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to parents John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Carol Sharkey.

Family: Jon's mother, Carol Sharkey, was a former model and one of the first Playboy Bunnies. She met Bon Jovi's father after she enlisted in the ...

Interview link: http://tanejamainhoon.tumblr.com/post/31397853330/jonbonjoviinterview

12. Wagner Moura

Actor | Tropa de Elite

Moura was born in Salvador, a city located in Northeast Region of Brazil, but grew up in the small town of Rodelas, Bahia. His mother, Alderiva, was a housewife, and his father, José Moura, was a Sergeant in the Brazilian Air Force. At the age of 13, he moved with his family to Salvador, Bahia.

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13. Kevin Dillon

Actor | Poseidon

Born in Mamaroneck, New York, Dillon was known for playing tough guys and bad boys early in his career. His first major role was Rooney, the bully in the brilliant (though much understated) film Heaven Help Us, directed by Michael Dinner.

Dillon has since starred in many memorable films, most ...

Interview link: http://tinyurl.com/tmhkevindillon

14. Hannah Simone

Actress | New Girl

Hannah Simone stars on FOX's hit series, New Girl (2011), opposite Zooey Deschanel. Simone hosted HGTV Canada's popular design show, "Space for Living", before moving onto Canada's largest music channel, "MuchMusic". After MuchMusic, Simone moved to Los Angeles, where she hosted two seasons of WCG ...

Interview link: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/art-culture/who-s-that-girl

15. Josh Radnor

Actor | Liberal Arts

Josh Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. Radnor attended ...

16. Justin Long

Actor | Live Free or Die Hard

A likable, boyish-looking actor with thick eyebrows and a friendly smile, Justin Long is a native of Connecticut.

He was born and raised in Fairfield, the second of three sons. His father, R. James Long, is a Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University, and his mother, Wendy Lesniak, is a former...

Interview link: http://tanejamainhoon.tumblr.com/post/31397107236/justinlonginterview

17. Ashok Amritraj

Producer | Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Ashok Amritraj is Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, and was formerly CEO of National Geographic Films. An internationally renowned award-winning producer, Amritraj has made over 100 films during the span of his 35-year career, with worldwide revenues in excess of $2 billion. He...

18. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

19. Kunal Nayyar

Actor | The Big Bang Theory

Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor. He moved from India to the US in 1999. He first moved to Portland, Oregon, to study business. He started acting in plays as a way of making new friends. He took acting classes, but he went on to graduate from the University of Portland with a degree in business, as ...

Interview link: http://tanejamainhoon.tumblr.com/post/29965455146/kunalnayyarinterview

20. Naveen Andrews

Actor | Planet Terror

Born Naveen William Sidney Andrews in London on January 17, 1969. His parents were both Indian immigrants from Kerala, India. In high school, he auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Two of his classmates were Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis. ...

21. Aasif Mandvi

Actor | Million Dollar Arm

Aasif Mandvi was born on March 5, 1966 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India as Aasif Mandviwala. He is an actor and producer, known for Million Dollar Arm (2014), Evil (2019) and The Proposal (2009). He has been married to Shaifali Puri since August 26, 2017.

22. Sendhil Ramamurthy

Actor | The Slammin' Salmon

Sendhil Ramamurthy (born May 17, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC sci-fi drama Heroes and Jai Wilcox in the action spy series Covert Affairs. He appeared as Abhay in the Indian film Shor in the City. He played Gabriel Lowen in The ...

23. Jimi Mistry

Actor | RocknRolla

Jimi Mistry was born in 1973 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for RocknRolla (2008), 2012 (2009) and Ella Enchanted (2004). He has been married to Flavia Cacace since December 28, 2013. He was previously married to Meg Leonard.

24. Archie Panjabi

Actress | I Know This Much Is True

Archie is an Emmy Award winning British actress best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, for which she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East ...

25. Stana Katic

Actress | Castle

Stana Katic stars in the new 10-episode TV series Absentia (2017), produced by Sony Pictures Television and premiering on Amazon.

Katic's feature film work includes: CBGB (2013), about the punk rock club in NYC; Big Sur (2013), based on the Jack Kerouac novel; Frank Miller's film The Spirit (2008); ...

26. Michael Brook

Composer | Into the Wild

Michael Brook was born in 1952 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a composer, known for Into the Wild (2007), Brooklyn (2015) and The Vow (2012).

27. Harald Zwart

Director | Den 12. mann

Harald Zwart was born on July 1, 1965 in Netherlands as Harald Johan Zwart. He is a director and producer, known for The 12th Man (2017), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) and Agent Cody Banks (2003). He has been married to Veslemøy Ruud Zwart since 1997. They have two children.

29. Phillip Noyce

Producer | Rabbit-Proof Fence

Born in the Australian outback town of Griffith, New South Wales, Phillip Noyce moved to Sydney with his family at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was introduced to underground films produced on shoestring budgets as well as mainstream American movies. He was 18 when he made his first film, the 15...

30. K'Naan

Soundtrack | The Roommate

K'Naan was born on May 30, 1978 in Mogadishu, Somalia.

31. Arvinder Grewal

Production_designer | Lars and the Real Girl

Arvinder Grewal is a production designer and art director, known for Lars and the Real Girl (2007), 16 Blocks (2006) and Cosmopolis (2012).

33. Tim Roth

Actor | Rob Roy

Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Timothy Simon Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to ...

34. Flo Rida

Soundtrack | Deadpool

Tramar Lacel Dillard, known professionally as Flo Rida, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and composer from Carol City, Florida. His 2008 breakout single "Low" was number one for 10 weeks in the United States and broke the record for digital download sales at the time of its release. Flo ...

35. Sean Kingston

Soundtrack | Cloverfield

Sean Kingston was born on February 3, 1990 in Miami, Florida, USA as Kisean Anderson.

36. Kenny G

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Kenny G was born on June 5, 1956 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Kenneth Bruce Gorelick. He was previously married to Lyndie Benson and Janice Deleon.

37. Sarita Choudhury

Actress | Lady in the Water

After her debut film Mississippi Masala (1991) became an art house hit, Sarita Choudhury was determined not to "go Hollywood," focusing her acting energies on independent film instead.

Raised in Jamaica, Mexico, and Italy, the half-Indian, half-English Choudhury studied economics at Queens ...

38. Alesha Dixon

Soundtrack | Catwoman

Alesha Dixon was born on October 7, 1978 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England as Alesha Anjanette Dixon. She has been married to Azuka Ononye since 2017. They have two children. She was previously married to MC Harvey.

39. Dileep Rao

Actor | Inception

Dileep Rao was born on July 29, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Dileep A. Rao. He is an actor and producer, known for Inception (2010), Avatar (2009) and Drag Me to Hell (2009).

40. Salman Ahmad

Producer | Hafiz

Salman Ahmad is known for his work on Hafiz (2020), P.O.V. (1988) and Open Your Eyes (2016).

41. Michael Steger

Actor | 90210

Michael Steger was born on May 27, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Michael Mateus Steger. He is an actor and producer, known for 90210 (2008), Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015) and True Blood (2008). He has been married to Brandee Steger since November 15, 2008.

42. Tom Brook

Director | Talking Movies

Tom Brook was born in 1953 in London, England as Thomas F. Brook. He is a director and writer, known for Talking Movies (1999), Nationwide (1969) and The Art of Directing (2017).

43. Lavrenti Lopes

Actor | Desperate Endeavors

Lavrenti Lopes was born on March 29, 1985 in Mumbai, India. He is an actor and writer, known for Desperate Endeavors (2012), SubHysteria (2010) and Wedding Band (2012).

44. Susheela Raman

Soundtrack | Gypsy

Susheela Raman was born in 1973 in London, England.

45. Jay Sean

Soundtrack | Fish Tank

Jay Sean, born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti in Harlesden, London, is a British R&B singer. Jay Sean is a stage name that he adopted because his family affectionately called him 'Shaan' and 'J' from his MC name (MC Nicky J). He grew up in Hounslow in the western part London. Sean started his hobby of ...

48. Zach Galifianakis

Actor | The Hangover

Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Mary Frances (Cashion), who owned a community arts center, and Harry Galifianakis, a heating oil vendor. His father is of Greek descent and his mother is of mostly English and Scottish ancestry. Zach moved to New York City after failing ...

49. Gustavo Santaolalla

Music_department | Brokeback Mountain

Argentine musician and leader of the now defunct bands "Arco Iris" and "Soluna", Gustavo Santaolalla was one of the references of his country's national music by the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. During the 70s he relocated to the United States, where he formed the band Wet Picnic, ...

50. OneRepublic

Soundtrack | The Giver

OneRepublic is an American pop rock band consists of six members, Ryan Tedder (vocalist), Zach Filkins (guitarist), Drew Brown (guitarist), Brent Kutzle (bassist & cellist), Eddie Fisher (drummer) and Brian Willett (keyboardist). Their genres are pop-rock, pop, alternative-rock. Their debut album ...

51. Victor Wooten

Self | What Kind of Music Do You Listen To?

Victor Wooten was born on September 11, 1964 in Hampton, Virginia, USA.

52. James Walsh

Soundtrack | Layer Cake

James Walsh has been married to Lisa McNamee since April 29, 2004. They have one child.

53. Roman Paul

Producer | Wadjda

Roman Paul is known for his work on Wadjda (2012), Waltz with Bashir (2008) and Mr. Kaplan (2014).

56. Jonas Hellborg

Music_department | Kola Kolaya Mundhirika

Jonas Hellborg is an actor and composer, known for Kola Kolaya Mundhirika (2009), Radioactive Cannibal Vikings from Hell (2007) and Hem till byn (1971).

59. Outlandish

Soundtrack | Slim Slam Slum

Outlandish is an actor, known for Slim Slam Slum (2002), Anja & Viktor (2001) and Manden med de gyldne ører (2009).

61. Alexandra Richards

Actress | Feri és az édes élet

Alexandra Richards was born on July 28, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA as Alexandra Nicole Richards. She is an actress, known for Feri és az édes élet (2001), Gossip Girl (2007) and The 2009 Whitney Museum Gala (2009).

62. Theodora Richards

Self | The Little House That Could

Theodora Richards was born on March 18, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA as Theodora Dupree Richards.

63. Donald Schultz

Producer | Speed of Life

Born in South Africa, Donald Schultz is a researcher, filmmaker, animal expert, writer, photographer and extreme adventurer that just loves life.

Donald started to work with reptiles at the age of 13 and was fortunate to have an internship at the world-famous Fitzsimons Snake Park, where he received...

64. Panjabi MC

Soundtrack | The Dictator

Panjabi MC was born on February 14, 1970 in Coventry, West Midlands, England.

65. Juggy D.

Music_department | Hum Tum

Juggy D. is known for his work on Me and You (2004), Boom (2003) and Mubarakan (2017).

66. Brandon Cronenberg

Director | Antiviral

Brandon Cronenberg is a director and writer, known for Antiviral (2012), Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You (2019) and Possessor (2020).

67. Kirsten Sheridan

Writer | In America

Kirsten Sheridan was born on July 14, 1976 in Dublin, Ireland. She is a writer and director, known for In America (2002), Patterns (1999) and Disco Pigs (2001).

Interview link: http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/mumbai-film-festival-in-conversation-with-writer-director-kirsten-sheridan-495031.html

68. James Ponsoldt

Director | The Spectacular Now

James Ponsoldt was born in 1978 in Athens, Georgia, USA as James Adam Ponsoldt. He is a producer and director, known for The Spectacular Now (2013), The Circle (2017) and The End of the Tour (2015). He has been married to Megan Holloway since September 25, 2010.

Interview link: http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/mumbai-film-festival-in-conversation-with-sundance-winner-james-ponsoldt-493601.html

69. Marshall Lewy

Director | California Solo

Marshall Lewy was born in 1977 in the USA as Marshall Ian Lewy. He is a producer and director, known for California Solo (2012), Project Greenlight (2001) and Blue State (2007). He has been married to Heather Fowler since September 20, 2008.

Interview link: http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/mumbai-film-festival-director-marshall-lewy-on-his-latest-film-california-solo-499501.html

70. Lee Sternthal

Writer | The Words

Lee Sternthal is a writer, director known for TRON: Legacy (2010) and The Words (2012). He is a photographer whose work has appeared in the Trace and Vice. He is the grandson of jazz pianist David King Farber. He was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1980 and grew up around Atlantic City, ...

Interview link: http://www.firstpost.com/living/mumbai-film-festival-in-conversation-with-writers-of-tron-legacy-on-their-directing-debut-497670.html

71. James Marsh

Director | The Theory of Everything

James Marsh was born on April 30, 1963 in Truro, Cornwall, England. He is a director and producer, known for The Theory of Everything (2014), The King (2005) and Shadow Dancer (2012).

Interview link: http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/mumbai-film-festival-in-conversation-with-oscar-winner-james-marsh-492067.html

72. Brian Klugman

Actor | The Words

Brian was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother is a retired school teacher and his father is a real estate broker. Brian has an older brother Jeffrey, a younger sister, Laurie and a younger brother, Michael. Brian went to Germantown Academy for high school and Carnegie ...

Interview link: http://www.firstpost.com/living/mumbai-film-festival-in-conversation-with-writers-of-tron-legacy-on-their-directing-debut-497670.html

73. Luciano Moura

Director | A Busca

Luciano Moura is a director and writer, known for Father's Chair (2012), Os Moradores da Rua Humboldt (1992) and Thirteen Days Away from the Sun (2017).

Interview link: http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/mumbai-film-festival-brazilian-director-luciano-moura-talks-about-fathers-chair-502865.html

74. Satya Bhabha

Actor | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Satya Bhabha was born on December 13, 1983 in London, England as Satya Sorab Bhabha. He is an actor and director, known for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Fair Game (2010) and Sense8 (2015).

Interview link: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/cinema/recreating-bombay-s-child

75. Benh Zeitlin

Director | Beasts of the Southern Wild

Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a film-maker at the tender age of 6 years when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film...

Interview link: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/cinema/a-story-to-believe-in

76. Alison Klayman

Director | Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Alison Klayman was the youngest director named by the New York Times chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis on their international list of 20 Directors to Watch. Alison's documentary work has been recognized with awards and box office success, and she also directs nonfiction series and ...

Interview link: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/cinema/the-spirit-of-defiance

77. Lee Toland Krieger

Producer | The Vicious Kind

Lee Toland Krieger is a producer and director, known for The Vicious Kind (2009), December Ends (2006) and The Age of Adaline (2015).

78. Christopher Denham

Actor | Argo

Christopher Denham is an actor and writer, known for Argo (2012), Shutter Island (2010) and Billions (2016).

79. Mads Matthiesen

Director | 10 timer til Paradis

Mads Matthiesen was born on October 9, 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for 10 timer til Paradis (2012), Dennis (2007) and Cathrine (2008).

80. Karan Soni

Actor | Deadpool

Karan Soni was born in New Delhi, India. He made his film debut as Kemal in Yusuf Sumer's short comedy film Kaka Nirvana (2010), in which he co-starred with Rachel Quinn. In 2016, Soni rose to international prominence for his role as Dopinder in Tim Miller's action film Deadpool (2016), a role he ...

81. Colin Trevorrow

Producer | Safety Not Guaranteed

Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Colin Trevorrow started making short films when he was 12 years old. He studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. After graduation, he wrote and directed "Home Base" a digital short that became one of the early viral successes on the ...

82. Wayne Blair

Director | The Sapphires

Wayne Blair was born on November 28, 1971 in Taree, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor and director, known for The Sapphires (2012), Mystery Road (2018) and Black Talk (2002).

84. Nicholas Bruckman

Producer | La americana

Nicholas Bruckman is a producer and director, known for La americana (2008), Valley of Saints (2012) and Not Going Quietly.

85. David Crane

Writer | Friends

David Crane was born on August 13, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Friends (1994), Dream On (1990) and Episodes (2011).

86. Marta Kauffman

Writer | Friends

Marta Kauffman was born on September 21, 1956 in Broomall, Pennsylvania, USA as Marta Fran Kauffman. She is a writer and producer, known for Friends (1994), Dream On (1990) and Grace and Frankie (2015). She has been married to Michael Skloff since November 1984. They have three children.

87. Paul Schrader

Writer | First Reformed

Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a...



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