Amelia Dimoldenberg has become the queen of cringe, and for good reason. The journalist and comedian gained notoriety when she conducted grimace-inducing interviews and went on awkward dates with musicians and celebrities on her YouTube series, Chicken shop date. Now she’s back on everyone’s mind again as a handful of interviews shared between her and actor Andrew Garfield have charmed the internet. For me, I’m obsessed with the interviews, but they also demonstrate why Dimoldenberg and her unique voice make her one of the most delightful up-and-coming characters to watch.
The first interview, now enshrined in internet virality, takes place at the 2023 Oscars, where Dimoldenberg served as official red carpet host. When he meets Garfield on stage, he opens the conversation with an absolutely swoon-worthy greeting, “I only ever want to see you,” after which he corrects, “I only ever want to see you in these forms of situations.” Throughout the conversation, the two go back and forth about each other’s horoscope sign compatibility. Hissing and giggling, the two barely get a single coherent sound byte in – it’s lovely and cute and everything you want out of an Andrew Garfield moment.
After that clip took off, fans quickly noticed that this hasn’t been the only cute interaction between the two. In another interview between her and Garfield, we see her charming the actor in perhaps the least likely way: by talking about his armpit. In the interview, Dimoldenberg and Garfield share pleasantries, but after some ruckus around them, she tells Garfield that he’s special because of his armpits, which may be a reference to his GQ shoot. Garfield questions her decision to bring it up, but Dimoldenberg insists, “No, I think it was my favorite picture.” Afterwards, Garfield replies, “Really?” and she says, “That’s the background on my phone.” He says, “I don’t know what that says about you.” But she just says back, “You look delicious!”
Fans have begun projecting their own narratives onto the clips, saying there could be some kind of budding romance between the two, or that the interactions are inherently romantic. Of course, when we look at these posts hastily squeezed into our one of many endless social media feeds, all we see is the flirty part. What’s less visible is that this moment is actually the culmination of a carefully honed 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 part-interview part-date and Dimoldenberg sits perfectly in the role of awkward first meeting. The interviews play like an uneasy conversation between tweens who may or may not know different social cues. The gold in her content is when she will lean into perhaps the scariest moments and let an interviewee sing an old and poorly written rap or maybe concede to Daniel Kaluuyas face that she is into him without directly telling him that she is into him.
This is the voice and background she brings to her red carpet interviews like with Garfield. And it works! Watching her flirt with Garfield makes me blush and giggle my way through watching them talk. It’s amazing, and it just goes to show that after years of doing this, the whole awkward bit really shines, and it’s already given us one of our favorite celebrity moments of 2023.