Since its premiere, Inside the Actors Studio has had over 200 guests. Of those guests, there have been 74 Academy Award winners: 8 directors; four screenwriters; 61 actors and actresses; and two musicians. While most of the show is a one-on-one interview conducted by Lipton, this is followed by the host submitting a questionnaire to the guest. The questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot, after the Proust Questionnaire (in the sidebar of blog). The ten questions Lipton asks are:
What is your favorite word? Adore
What is your least favorite word? Settle
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Wit, Inner Happiness, Generosity, Sincerity, Self-Awareness, Compassion, Conviction, Spirituality, Loyalty & Adventure
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Ambiguity, Apathy, Complacency, Dishonesty, Arrogance, Entitlement
What sound or noise do you love? Music & Thunderstorms
What sound or noise do you hate? Alarm Clock
What is your favorite curse word? I plead the fifth
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Singer, ha;)
What profession would you not like to do? Hmmm. I would not like to work in a fast food establishment.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? "This is just the beginning"