Series 27, Episode 8 - Lady Gaga, Josh Gad, Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Michaela Coel, Niall Horan
Lady Gaga, talking about the success of A Star Is Born and the soundtrack being in the charts for 64 weeks, says, "It's pretty crazy. I was so proud of the whole project and making the soundtrack was my baby, so it's been pretty cool."
Talking about the Oscars, where she won Best Actress, she says, "I didn't know what was going to happen that night - I was just so happy to be there. My sister and I were barrelling through champagne backstage and when we left, I didn't tell anyone, and I still had the diamond (a priceless jewel lent to her by Tiffany) on. Everyone freaked out that I was still wearing it - when I went to Madonna's house, security guards were side-eyeing me and eventually, when we were heading to Taco Bell, my car was pulled over and Tiffany's security politely removed it from my neck!"
Asked about her new album, Chromatica, and whether it is odd to launch it during lockdown, she says, "I am so excited - I've been making it for two and half years. It's not odd. What is odd is being in the middle of a global pandemic! It is the way it is, and we don't always get to have things go the way that we see them in life. I've always had instilled in me that life can, and will, get very hard, so it's very important to roll with the punches and deal with it."
Talking about working with Ariana Grande, she says, "She has been through so much, so the song was done in the spirit of working and coming together to make magic out of the rain - so bring it on!"
Josh Gad joins Graham for a chat about his new film Artemis Fowl. Talking about working with Dame Judi Dench, he jokes, "It was incredible to be reunited with her and to play directly opposite her. I didn't get that opportunity on Orient Express because she insisted that all her scenes were with Academy Award-winners and I didn't fit that bill!"
Asked about his new musical animation series Central Park, he says, "It's unlike anything on TV and certainly unlike anything I've ever done before. I am obsessed with musicals and wanted to bring that passion to television. It is tremendous."
Revealing that his daughters are a little tired of his Frozen character Olaf, he jokes: "My girls really wish Moana is their father. They are somewhat over Olaf at this point. I have to remind them that Olaf pays for their school, the roof over their head and those quesadillas they love eating. So Olfa isn't going anywhere soon if they want to keep eating and drinking!"
Outlining the premise of the show, Michelle agrees, "It is every parent's worst nightmare." Adding, "We focus more on the effect [of a murder charge] on the family, rather than the 'who did it' aspect of the crime."
Talking about being recognised as Downton's Lady Mary, she says, "It's often the type of person that really surprises me. I was in a cab and there was this big burly driver. We were chatting away and then he paused and said, 'It was a real shame about your sister dying in series three.'"
Chris interjects, "I imagine we have two very different audiences - I don't know what the overlap of Downton and Marvel is, but I bet it's small!"
Asked if it is really the end of Captain America, Chris says, "Yes - I think it is. It was a great run and we went out on such a high note that it would be risky to revisit it in my opinion. It was such a good experience and I think it's better left that way."
Asked what her response was when the call came from Star Wars, she says, "It didn't take much thinking from me at all to say yes." Adding, "When I went to Black Mirror they were excited to show me the spaceship for the USS Callister - the episode I did - and I was like, 'I've done Star Wars, I've seen bigger spaceships. Sorry guys!'"
Talking about her new TV series I May Destroy You, she says, "The inspiration came from being spiked and sexually assaulted by a stranger four years ago. As I started writing and talking to friends, I realised how common this experience was, so I decided to explore the strange blurred line between liberation and exploitation in this modern life we live."
Niall Horan joins Graham for a special home performance of his new single Black And White, before having a chat about being in lockdown. Asked if he's created any new music during lockdown, he says, "At the beginning I was putting a lot of pressure on my myself to write and then I thought, 'Just take your time and if you don't feel like it, don't do it'. I have done bits and pieces so when I do get back into a studio, I am ready to go, but for the most part I have been cleaning, baking, reading and sitting in the sunshine. Apart from that, I'm not doing much."
- Friday 29th May 2020
- BBC One
- 40 minutes
Cast & crew
|Graham Norton||Host / Presenter|
|Jon Magnusson||Series Producer|
|Graham Stuart||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis)||Composer|
Chris Evans and his dog both look incredible in cable knit sweaters.