July 31, 2014
Ellen DeGeneres is ready to dance
The 56-year-old TV personality prepares for hosting her second Academy Awards.
AP: Describe the fear element of the job.
DeGeneres: “It’s live around the world, to a billion people watching, and every major person who is in the room that has done every major thing. I know a lot of them. So, it helps a little bit that I’m friendly with everybody. But it’s still scary. It’s the energy in the room. There’s a lot of really anxious energy and, so, you kind of pick that up. You can feel all that when you walk out. So I’m trying to remain calm.”
AP: How will you be able to resist dancing along with the nominated songs, especially Pharrell Williams’ Happy?
DeGeneres: “I know. I will be dancing like crazy, whether he likes it or not. I’m just looking forward to the hat he wears. And I hope that the person (sitting) behind him isn’t mad, because he wears a large hat, that Pharrell.”
AP: What’s your ultimate goal for Oscar night?
DeGeneres: “I hope that everyone had fun. I hope that it didn’t seem like it’s as long as it’s going to be. This year it’s six hours. Did you know that? Six hours... Here’s what I hope: I hope when I say, “Goodnight,” I hope people go: “One more hour! One more hour!” And they start chanting and make me stay. That’s what I hope.”
Herald with AP