The Proust Questionnaire posed by James Lipton at the end of every Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s Studio offers succinct personality profiles of some of the world’s biggest stars. But edit them together, and you begin to see some recurring motifs.
Least-favorite words? “Hate” is, well, hated, and “moist” pops up repeatedly — Drew Barrymore, John Slattery and Jesse Tyler Ferguson all cringe at its mention.
Want to seduce Ricky Gervais or Mike Meyers? Then “creativity” is the key. But “arrogance” is a big turn-off for Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman and George Carlin. Consider yourselves warned.
“My children’s voices” is a popular refrain among Julianne Moore, Pierce Brosnan and John Travolta for their favorite sound. (Let’s see them say that after a long road trip.)
Perhaps most fascinating of all, Francis Ford Coppola and James Woods both share a mutual hatred of the sound of leaf-blowers.
Now you know.