Amelia Dimoldenberg and Andrew Garfield is the Golden Globes moment
Amelia Dimoldenberg has become the queen of cringe, and for good reason. The journalist and comedian made a name for herself conducting cringe-inducing interviews and going on awkward dates with musicians and celebrities on her YouTube series, Chicken Shop Date. Now, she’s back on everyone’s mind, as a handful of interviews shared between her and actor Andrew Garfield have captivated the internet. For me, I’m obsessed with the interviews, but they also show why Dimoldenberg and her unique voice make her one of the coolest figures to watch.
The first interview now engulfed in internet virality takes place at the 2023 Oscars, in which Dimoldenberg served as the official red carpet host. After meeting Garfield on stage, he opens the conversation with a perfectly decent greeting, “I just want to see you,” to which he corrects, “I only want to see you in these kinds of situations.” Throughout the conversation, the two go back and forth about the compatibility of each other’s horoscope signs. Whistling and laughing, they both barely get a single coherent sound byte out – it’s nice and cute and everything you want you want from a moment Andrew Garfield.
After this clip went up, fans quickly noticed that this wasn’t the only cute interaction between the two. In another interview between her and Garfield, we see her charm the actor in perhaps the least likely way: talking about his armpit. In the interview, Dimoldenberg and Garfield share pleasantries, but after some commotion about them, she tells Garfield that he’s special because of his armpits, possibly a reference to his GQ shoot. Garfield questions her decision to display it, but Dimoldenberg insists, “No, I think it was my favorite image.” Garfield then replies, “Really?” and she says, “It’s the wallpaper on my phone.” He says, “I don’t know what that means to you.” But she just tells him, “You look hot!”
Fans have begun projecting their own narratives into the clips, saying there could be some kind of romance blossoming between the two or that the interactions are romantic in nature. Of course, when we look at these hastily entered posts on one of our endless social media feeds, all we see is the flirting part. What’s less obvious is that this moment is actually the culmination of a carefully sharpened interview voice that Dimoldenberg has been working on for years through series like Chicken Shop Date.
In Chicken Shop Date Dimoldenberg goes on a date with someone — like an actor or musician — and asks them questions. It’s a partial interview, and Dimoldenberg sits in the role of awkward first date. The interviews play out as an uneasy conversation between the two who may or may not recognize different social cues. The gold of her content is when she’ll lean into perhaps the most edgy moments and let an interview subject sing an old, poorly written rap or maybe admit to Daniel Kaluuya’s face that she likes him without directly telling her that she likes him. .
That’s the voice and background she brings to her red carpet interviews like with Garfield. And it works! Watching her flirt with Garfield, I blush and laugh as I watch them talk. It’s great, and it just goes to show that after years of doing this, the whole hard part really shines through, and it’s already given us one of our favorite celebrity moments of 2023.