James Corden Doesn't Understand Why 'Heavy People Don't Fall in Love' in Romantic Comedies
By Jackie Willis
James Corden wants Hollywood to know that "unattractive or heavy people" have relationships like everybody else.
In an interview withRolling Stone magazine, the Late Late Show host talks about being a bigger kid in his teenage years and what miffs him most about the entertainment industry. "I could never understand when I watch romantic comedies the notion that for some reason unattractive or heavy people don’t fall in love," Corden explains. "If they do, it’s in some odd, kooky, roundabout way -- and it’s not. It’s exactly the same. I met my wife, she barely owned a television and worked for Save the Children. We sat down one night and we fell in love and that was it."
Corden has become a household name since joining the CBS family last year, but as a teen, he had to work hard to make friends. "If you’re big at school, you’ve really got two choices," he explains. "You’re going to be a target. If you go to school and you’re me, you go, ‘Right, I’m just going to make myself a bigger target. My confidence, it will terrify them.’ That’s how I felt in school. Inside, you’re terrified. But if you’re a bit funny, if you’re quicker than them, they won’t circle back on you again."
The 38-year-old TV personality has become a viral sensation thanks to the Late Late Show's wildly popular segment, 'Carpool Karaoke.' "You’re getting in a car. The doors close. It’s the two of you. You’re going to put the music on. We’re going to sing our hearts out. What I say to everybody is, this is a safe place," he says of the segment's success. "The more you go for it in the songs, like you’re playing Madison Square Garden, the better it is. I have to meet them halfway with that. If I am at all timid in those moments, then they’re going to be like, ‘Wait. Hang on. What am I doing?'"