Talk show interviews can be awkward for celebrities, but actress Dakota Johnson took things to a new level while appearing on The Ellen Show this week, earnestly telling the host that her favourite comedian is Tig Notaro. The unexpected foot-in-mouth moment led to immediate groans from the audience, followed by laughter as Ellen played up the gaffe, feigning hurt and offence. “Other than you!” Dakota quickly added, folding over in embarrassment and quipping “bye!” as she got up and pretended to leave the set.
Ellen seemed more amused than upset by the comment, firing back that she had just been talking to her favourite actress, Jennifer Aniston. As the duo burst into laughter, Ellen assured Johnson that it was fine. “Tig is hilarious. You saw her first at my birthday party, so I feel like I introduced her to you.” Dakota then dug the hole a little deeper, admitting that she’d actually left Ellen’s party before Tig performed. “I was out of town!” she joked, using the same excuse Ellen had made moments earlier for not attending Johnson’s recent 30th birthday celebration in Malibu.
“Gosh, this isn’t going well,” Dakota said, looking genuinely flustered. Things didn’t get better as Ellen briefly brought up Dakota’s on-again boyfriend, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, before moving on to her new movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon. As the conversation settled into her role in the film, Dakota appeared more at ease. The actress praised co-star Zack Gottsagen, who has Down Syndrome, as well as Shia LaBeouf, who was arrested during filming. When Ellen commented that LaBeouf’s arrest could have derailed the entire film, Johnson was supportive of the actor. “I don’t condemn people for their mistakes,” Johnson said, noting that she felt protective toward him. “I want [LaBeouf] to get through it.”
The segment ended in laughter as Ellen showed a clip of LaBeouf calling Johnson his “best on-screen kiss” during a game of Burning Questions – and then immediately suggesting that he was lying about his answer. “But he said that it was your kiss!” Ellen insisted. “Well, yeah, duh,” Johnson replied, deadpan. Way to end on a high note, Dakota.