The entertainment reporter, who is this week celebrating 30 years at Channel 10, has interviewed many of the world’s biggest stars. But her interview with Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway went off the rails in the first 10 seconds, Bishop revealed on The Project last night.
“I’d just flown in from London doing another interview with Kate Hudson, and I was getting ready to do the interview, and I was trying desperately to stay awake,” Bishop said.
In an attempt to stave off the jet lag, Bishop went to the hotel gym, where she bumped into Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.
“I said (to Jagger), ‘Have you ever met Faye Dunaway before?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, she’s cool’.”
But Dunaway was less than cool when Bishop entered the interview room and greeted the actress.
“I put out my hand to say, ‘Nice to meet you’, and she goes, ‘Ladies don’t shake hands!’” Bishop told The Project hosts.
“I went, ‘Oh, this is going to be hard to rescue’. In those junkets you’ve got five minutes, and if it started that badly it’s very hard to get it back on the rails.”
“The next time I met her, I just kept my hands firmly behind my back.”
Bishop mentioned the same story to news.com.au in 2017, but didn’t name the actress at the time.
In that interview she mentioned another celebrity interview that was memorable for all the wrong reasons.
“One celebrity encounter that wasn’t so great was a really amazing international Grammy-award winning singer who was doing interviews on a Sunday which happened to be Valentine’s Day,” Bishop told news.com.au.
“We all had our set times, and pretty much all of the journalists there had made plans with their significant other around those times. Instead, we all ended up waiting six hours as the singer took her time deciding what outfits to wear.”
Bishop also opened up about the best celebrities she’s had the privilege of interviewing over the years, including the legendary Jack Nicholson.
“I first met him when As Good As It Gets was coming out,” she told news.com.au. “At the time I used to take a Signature Bear with me to get signed by people I interviewed which I then auctioned off to raise money for the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation. When I asked Jack to sign it he said, ‘Breasts Angela. Great cause!’”
And then there was the time Dave Grohl serenaded Bishop’s baby bump.
“I was only a couple of weeks away from giving birth to my daughter when we met and he sang a little song into my belly,” Bishop recalled. “Amelia (Angela Bishop’s daughter) still loves the Foo Fighters.”