Eden Sher: Red Carpet Slayer!
You know that moment when you're watching a red carpet pre-show, screaming at the TV in hopes the inane interviewer will ditch the pre-canned patter and ask your infinitely more interesting question? Well, that happened last night at The American Music Awards when The Middle star Eden Sher co-hosted the official pre-show at ABC.com.
She not only embraced an outside the box line of questioning, but actually let her emotions shine through (maaaaybe a wee bit too much with Miss. Swift) and declared herself to be Of The People, For The People and By The People as her chats with Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera and Carly Rae Jepsen have already eclipsed most performances in views online.
I caught up with Eden (my new spirit animal) the morning after her debut as a red carpet commentator to talk about the experience, The Middle and why she is ready for her close-up, Mr. Cohen!
TheInsider.com: Did you have fun last night?
Eden Sher: I had such an amazing time. I feel like I'm still recovering from it. Did you see my little freakout with Taylor Swift?
Insider.com: I think everyone's seen it by now!
Eden: I don't know if you realize, but the interview directly after that was with Ryan Seacrest and our segment producer thought I might want to sit it out because I was openly sobbing. I kept it sort of together on camera, but as soon as she left the platform, I lost it.
Insider.com: Let's break it down. What happened?
Eden: The reason I immediately got so emotional is because her music is so evocative for me. In the most positive way, I was unsettled by Taylor Swift. Look, I know this is not proper decorum for a host slash interviewer, but I am so not that. I am an actress, a Taylor Swift enthusiast and maybe that wasn't proper behavior, but I had such a good time. I didn't want to offend anyone, but I couldn't help myself. Taylor Swift needed to know that's how I felt.
Insider.com: Are you kidding? I loved it. You shouldn't be apologizing. That's how most fans would act, and it was nice to see someone in that position who actually cared about the person they were interviewing!
Eden: I hope so. I mean, she was so nice and gracious. I hope she wasn't creeped out or scared.
Insider.com: Not only were you a fan, but you unmasked yourself as a superfan of the highest order by calling Taylor, "Slayor Gift from God" and Carly Rae Jepsen, "Slayly Slay Slaysen."
Eden: OK, this is like common vernacular amongst me and my friends. I was doing it as a joke in rehearsals, but couldn't tell if the producers or Lance [Bass] thought it was funny and I should do it for real, or if they just thought it was just funny in rehearsals. No one told me either way, so I just spoke my id. That's what I call people, it's a total compliment, and I’m gonna do it. You Slay? You're a slayer.