Hi Naomi! As ever, thank you very much for all the work you do on the website. We really appreciate it. A random question though (And I'm not sure if you've answered this before, sorry if you'd rather not repeat yourself) but do you ever get a chance to interview Benedict just for the website? Like a small Q&A or something for you, and the rest of the adoring crowd? I'm just curious because I feel like interviews conducted by fans would be more fun than continuously repeated press questions
Hello! He did a Q&A for me a while ago but because it was quite Parade’s End centred which by that point was rather old news it wasn’t forwarded to me. The truth is he doesn’t do a lot of press. It looks like he does because outlets take one sentence from someone’s else piece and print lots and lots of articles and also because people hold interviews or vids for months before posting due to various embargo times but outside of the relentless churn of press junkets & their 5 minute interviews (which you have to be invited to by the PR team in charge of the product) he does hardly any one on one press interviews and they’re mostly with very big outlets.
If you stripped out the Sherlock, TIFF, Star Trek and Smaug junkets from last year you get left with one on one interviews with GQ, Time, Gary Oldman interviewing him for Interview, the Naked Scientists podcast and rather dismayingly the Daily Mail. Plus a handful of phone interviews. That’s literally it. I think the “posh bashing” nonsense made him more press shy in general so he doesn’t really do much beyond what he needs to to promote his products. Couple that with the fact he’s insanely busy and getting an interview is a tricky ask!