: THE NICE THING ABOUT YOUR FORMAT IS YOU HAVE THE ELBOW ROOM TO HAVE NICE, LONG INTERVIEWS WITH STARS. WHO HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE INTERVIEW SO FAR, AND WHY?JC:
Yeah, the interviews are fun. I actually like them at Nerdist much more than when I had to do junkets and things like that [where] you have four minutes , it's on their turf, they have to see tons of people asking the same questions because it's all relatively vetted through the PR company, you're sitting there on a Saturday afternoon, they don’t want to be there, you sure as hell don't want to be there, and you have to sit there and try and come up with questions and act like you guys are chummy chummy , and it's really awkward. Whereas [Nerdist news interviews] are so much more casual, they know what to expect, they know it's a website, they know is not going to be anything too restricted or structured -- not everything out of their mouth is a sound bite, and that makes it so much more fun.
My favorite interview was with Isaiah Mustafa and Michael Rosenbaum
. This is so immature of me, but literally the entire conversation, with the exception of a few key points talking about the movies that they had coming out, literally the entire conversation revolved around farts. And I loved it. It was funny, you could see it was kind of like, 'We're gonna shock you,' and I was like, 'Oh no, sweetheart, no you're not. Do you realize I have a 10-month-old son, I’ve been pooed on, peed on, barfed on -- nothing you can say is possibly going to shock me. And on top of it, I think this is funny!' So yeah, that was probably the most fun, because is just kind of devolved into 13-year-old humor and it was a great time. ET
: ON THE FLIP SIDE, HOW ABOUT YOUR WORST INTERVIEW SITUATION?JC:
Everybody that's come on has been really awesome, and I'm not just saying that to say that, but the toughest one, because I didn't know how to talk to her about it, was probably Danica McKellar
, because of the math. ... Math for me, growing up, was so difficult and such a scary thing – and still is in a lot of ways; I get around it now because technology does everything for us – but growing up I was just so turned off by it and it caused me so much stress (laughs). So I sit there and try to have a conversation with Danica about it, and she's so passionate about it and so fun with it, I just didn't know what to say. I was actually incredibly, incredibly nervous to talk to her about it. But everything can be fixed in post, thank god, and all the dumb questions I asked were edited out (laughs). ET
: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE POP CULTURE STORY OF 2013, AND WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO SEE IN 2014?
Well, I am a massive Wonder Woman fan – you should see the amount of figurines I have in my house – so I'm always keeping an eye out on that story, whether it's the TV show that kind of thankfully went under or the regular rumors of a Wonder Woman
movie, or on Batman vs. Superman
or Justice League of America
. … And The Dark Tower
series being brought to the big screen and TV -- oh my god, I'd lose my mind if that happens, if they do it right. Oh man, please HBO, you mix Game of Thrones
with my Dark Tower
series, if you can do that, I will just absolutely go berserk! … And this upcoming year I'm also very curious to see how E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is going to be [and] where we're headed with all of this [technology].
And then my game that I wrote, Daylight,
is going to be released on PlayStation Network [early this year], so I'm really, really excited for that because that was my first attempt at doing something with gaming more behind the camera than in front of the camera. It's more along the lines of those explorative horror genre games. … It's been quite an adventure … and it's definitely taught me a lot about what really goes on behind the scenes, and budgets and problem solving. It definitely opened my eyes. ###