[Blind Gossip] Everyone is piling on this young actress and calling her all sorts of nasty names. We’re going to explain to you why you might not want to judge her too harshly… and why she should consider making some adjustments to the way she communicates.
She was genuinely upset that her one of her interviews went so badly. She is young, she is not that experienced in dealing with the press, and she doesn’t quite understand how her demeanor rubs some people the wrong way.
Despite what people are saying, her behavior with a group of journalists was not meant to be rude or nasty. You may not have seen many interviews with her, but she is actually consistently dry and sarcastic in real life. She will often say exactly the opposite of what she means to be funny. For example, if you ask her if she likes ice cream, she will say, “No. I hate it!” with a completely serious face. It is a standard of humor that is fairly common where she comes from.
Unfortunately, she is just not experienced enough to recognize that her sarcastic delivery is not universally understood or beloved and can come off to other cultures as looking and sounding rude. Basically, her sense of humor got lost in translation.
Likeability is often a key factor in popularity, and her team is going to have to help her adjust her communication skills. She’s either going to need to cut out the sarcasm… or learn how to do an appropriate American followup to properly convey her humor. For audio interviews, after a sarcastic remark, she could take a beat, say “just kidding”, and then proceed to express her true feelings. For video interviews, following up a sarcastic remark with a quick smile (a common American approach) would let the interviewer know that her previous remark was meant in jest.
It isn’t up to us to adjust to her. It’s up to her to adjust to us. The sooner she understands that and modifies her approach, the sooner everyone can focus on her talent.
We’ve seen her latest work, and she does have good acting instincts. If she can just master the art of communicating properly in other cultures, she should have a long and successful career ahead of her.
[Optional] If you handled her, would you try to modify her behavior… or just let her be who she is?