With actors it’s often difficult to get know the real person behind the characters they play. However the endless promotion of the new film ‘The Grudge’ has given us the chance to really get to know Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as people. Watching them together actually helps as we can see that Sly clearly takes the lead whereas Bob is happy to sit back and let him. Sly uses the interview as an opportunity to entertain and engage, Bob looks as if he’d rather be at home, but is polite, serious and factual. In this clip Bob only really answers a question because Charlie Stayt pushes it and of course he answers politely and factually and when he is finished Sly says straight to camera: “Did you miss me?”
Miley Cyrus has been getting a lot of press lately for her radical style, particularly in her music videos and for her performance at this year’s VMA awards. But we thought we’d have a look at her personality and see how it fits with what she’s projecting in her performances. In a recent interview she describes the experiences of some of her latest work:
Being passionate about something means not really stopping for anything
I’ve never really had to sacrifice for my career before and I’ve had to a bit with this record
With the release of her new album, “Applause” Lady Gaga is interviewed on ABC News.
I thought of nothing but my fans
I am such an active person, I love performing
I used the ‘ode to the jester’ who lives for applause
I truly missed my fans…I began to cry
I live for making you happy
I couldn’t dance or walk so I had to create
We believe she demonstrates her ESFP character type, describing the details of her hip injury, her extremely emotional connection to her fans, the unhappiness of not being able to perform and her action orientation and need to always be doing something.
New film The Bling Ring shows a remarkably different side to Emma Watson to the virtuous Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. So what is the real Emma Watson like? Lets look at her tweets:
Emma is open with people and enjoys the buzz of things happening around her:
May 16 Having the best time in Cannes. Shame I can't get my shoes off . . Thank you team!
She’s happy to share more personal anecdotes and little incidents and shares them readily:
May 15 Just did four interviews in Cannes without realising the nerds I had eaten had made my tongue green.
Mariah Carey, American Idol judge and singer is promoting new single #Beautiful and (not uncharacteristically) Mariah is surrounded by intrigue. So what does characterise Mariah?
We can see Mariah is comfortable speaking, openly and unscripted in public and with being the focus of attention. Both clear signs of an Extravert.
She speaks out how she feels about people and things and what they mean to her:
"Miguel is one of my favorite new artists…"
"This business that we all love so much"
"I feel like …"
And she is very people oriented:
The Sensing vs Intuitive dichotomy is an interesting one. It is all about how we experience the world and how we take in information. This is further determined by whether we are Extravert, in which case we orientate to the outside world, or Introvert, in which case we orientate towards our own inner world.
A really good example of this is in the lyrics of the Beatles’ ‘double A’ side single from 1967. On one side is the Lennon composed ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and on the other McCartney’s ‘Penny Lane.’ In the early days Lennon and McCartney wrote songs together but by the mid-1960s they were writing separately. And this ‘single’ represents their individual, very different character types extremely well.
The interview with Oprah seems to highlight Lance Armstrong’s INTJ type, the scientific, non-relational nature of his statements, the way he drills deep and the way he constructs his reality. Oprah begins with three short, binary, convergent questions which elicit similar responses:
Q. Did you ever take banned substances to enhance cycling performance? A. Yes Q. Was one of those substances EPO? A. Yes. Q. Did you use any other banned substances? A. Yes
She then asks a more penetrating, divergent question:
OW: Was it possible to win without doping?
Lance Armstrong is almost surprised by such a question coming up so early, yet his answer has a hard-edged honesty which is focused in an ‘N’ like way, far more broadly placing him in the context of the sport and the time.
Being ten years since his last musical offering isn't surprising given David Bowie's ISFP personality. He won't be rushed, works at his own pace and will only ever put something out there if he has something to say (why say anything if there's nothing to say?) ISFPs are often caught in the moment and can seem to 'disappear' for long periods of time whilst they are actually totally immersing themselves in something new. Bowie, at 66, doesn't feel either the artistic or commercial pressures to churn stuff out and so he will have been slowly and carefully immersing himself in something fascinating and he will only come out when he's ready, very much an ISFP trait. People may say 'where have you been' and his answer, if he did answer, would be 'where haven't I been?'
When people are deprived of food there are more clashes. This is because when we are under pressure our basic personality leaks out, and our ability to modify our behaviour is impaired. In the jungle the main early clashes will probably be around the following: