These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. That's why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?
Ellen DeGeneres is known for her interviewing skills -- seriously, how does she get celebrities to talk about their personal lives even though they say they don't want to?
HuffPost Celebrity had the opportunity to turn the tables on the lady of daytime TV, and, well, she clammed up. We chatted with DeGeneres on Friday (Nov. 22) and she insisted that our #nofilter questions made her extremely "anxious." (Who would have thunk it?!)
Who’s your favorite person to interview?
Oh gosh, that’s a horrible question! If I answer that, what about the person who thought they were the favorite person to interview?
What’s your favorite song to dance to?
It changes all the time. I like Emotions “Best Of My Love” because that’s an old standby. I like Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis right now; I like Justin Timberlake. There’s kind of no favorite song, there’s a lot of favorite songs.
When's the last time you cried?
Let’s see, I don’t know. What time is it right now? [Laughs] I don’t know, I haven’t cried in a little while so I’m due. I’ll think of something to cry about later today.
What's your guiltiest pleasure?
Probably some bad television show, but I can’t tell you what that is either because the stars will probably be guests on my show!
What's the silliest thing you've ever lied about?
I don’t know, I don’t lie. I’m probably the most honest person you’ll ever meet -- to a fault, like, I-will-hurt-your-feelings honest. I’m sure if I lied about anything it would have been silly, but I haven’t retained that information.
If you could commit a crime and get away with it, what would it be?
Um, I would probably … I’m thinking of stupid things right now so I’m not going to say them. [Laughs] I don’t have an answer for that either! These are good questions, but I don’t have an answer for that because I never thought of committing a crime. Like, what if I had that right off the top of my head? That would actually be a worse answer -– to be ready with an answer of what crime I would commit!
What happens in your recurring dream?
My recurring dream is it’s the end of the Oscars and everyone is on their feet, standing, cheering, "Brava! Brava! More!" And then just, like, on their knees, praising me.
What’s the working title of your autobiography?
"I Told You So."
Is it OK to recline your seat on an airplane?
I think it’s OK for me to recline, but not the person in front of me.
When do you feel most anxious?
Um, during this interview.
What or who is overrated right now?
I think the Swiffer. I mean, I like it, but I think it’s overrated. I think it’s really, really good, but is it that good?
Is a good friend hard to come by?
Because you have to just trust somebody and know that you can be completely yourself and there’s no judgment and I think there are a lot of people in the world that have judgment or agendas and ego about stuff, so I think it’s hard to find somebody that you totally trust and have complete confidence in.
Describe one time you thought, "This is harder than it looks."
Wow, these questions. They’re making me think I should think of weird answers before I do interviews! But you know what, the first time I hosted the Oscars, that would be the answer. So, that was the last time something was harder than it looked.
Tell us a joke.
You have to watch classic joke Tuesdays! I use them all the time.
Ellen DeGeneres is currently partnering up with Duracell to announce their holiday initiative "Power a Smile." They will be donating one million batteries for Toys for Tots to power all of the battery-operated toys being donated to children in need, across the country. DeGeneres was at the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles on Friday (Nov. 22) to announce the program with a group of Marines, who helped her fill a jumbo jet with gifts and batteries.
"If I can help raise awareness and remind people to pick up a package of Duracell batteries for Toys for Tots, I thought that’s a good cause," DeGeneres told HuffPost Celebrity. "That’s an easy thing for people to do when they’re out shopping and if my voice helps get a message out then that’s great."
Also on HuffPost:
"I don’t really feel guilty about this, but I do need to have some dark chocolate every night before I go to sleep."
"I love watching 'Golden Sisters' on OWN."
"I’m trying to be healthy, so my guilty pleasures are no longer sugar and candy, which they used to be. So I’d say my guilty pleasure would be bad television, crappy reality television, like 'Real Housewives.' Not all of the 'Housewives,' but a couple of them, I have to confess. It’s shameful to admit."
"All food. Gluten-free and high in butter. Gluten-free whoopee pies are amazing."
"Porn … and murder. Yeah, killing people while watching porn. No, no, let’s see … one of my guilty pleasures, and I’ve said this a bunch of times which is insane that I even put this out there, is 'America’s Next Top Model.' I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I love it."
"Chips and salsa and guacamole."
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino
"My guilty pleasure ... Miley Cyrus."
"My guilty pleasure is probably a combination that involves my couch, it involves maybe 'Project Runway' and Nilla Wafers, and that’s that. I’m not that out there and on the edge, but generally my life is kind of in fast forward and it requires so much energy that my guiltiest pleasure is when I’m lying still, watching something that requires very little thought and eating sugar."
"My guilty pleasure is I like to watch a lot of HGTV. I really like watching design shows about houses, like extreme homes."
Jennifer Love Hewitt
"The wonderful thing about doing red carpets when you’re pregnant is instead of sucking on a piece of ice and drinking chicken broth before you walk out there, you actually have to eat a full meal because otherwise you get really dizzy and not nice, so I’ve been able to eat before the red carpets. Yes, awesome!"
"Cheeseburgers. I like everything on them."
"I don’t know if I have a guilty pleasure. I’m sort of pretty wide open when it comes to why I like certain things. I love the show 'Nashville,' I mean that’s a show that’s pretty incredible. I don’t know if it’s a guilty pleasure, but I think it’s great."
"I don’t really have a guilty pleasure … my life is a guilty pleasure."
"Pizza and chocolate chip cookies."
"'Murder She Wrote' marathons."
"First of all I have a philosophy on guilty pleasures. I really don’t believe in them. I think the phrase 'guilty pleasure' has done more to lower the bar of entertainment than anything that I can imagine. I think if it’s guilty, then there’s a good reason you’re feeling guilty. And it probably means you shouldn’t watch it. Like I’m not a 'Sharkadoo,' 'Sharknado,' whatever guy. I’m not into guilty pleasures and I’m not into hate-watching. Life is too short, watch good sh*t people, please for the love of all things holy."
"Anything sweet -- chocolate. Too much chocolate."
"Getting a massage!"
"Probably the amount that I would go for manicures and pedicures. It’s something that I feel like I always need and allow myself to do because it makes me feel good."
"I don’t have guilty pleasures. If something gives you pleasure, don’t feel guilty about it as long as you’re not harming anybody else."
"Online shopping. My biggest problem is that when I wake up and I have my emails from Gilt and all the kind of sales then that’s when I end up with all the boxes on my doorstep."
"Making out with Gigi [her dog] and chocolate."
"The cheeseburger I’m going to have at P.J. Clarke's before I go to the airport is one of my guilty pleasures. Probably some oysters and cold beer."
"Sleeping a lot. After a season, I go in hiding for a week and I don't leave my room. Is that guilty? And chips -- I'm a salty-type girl. I was just talking about that to my friend the other night, how that is my guilty pleasure."
"Coffee! In the morning hot, but at the end of the day, iced."
Bryce Dallas Howard
"'Keeping Up With the Kardashians.' I had never watched it, and then when I was super-pregnant I was overdue and I actually had a pretty bad injury and I got put on bed rest and I couldn’t move ... And I was like, 'I just want to watch the Kardashians, I never watched it before! I just really want to see what this is all about.' And I have since watched every single episode. I love it ... I love it."
"I really love cheese. I can have cheese all day long every day. Pretty crazy about salted caramels as well. Also, toffee."
"My guilty pleasure is elastic-waisted pants. And reruns of shows I’ve already seen 400 times on TV."
"Chocolate every day."
"I don’t know if it’s a guilty pleasure, but pizza and wings. Every Friday night, without fail, since I was 8 years old, [I eat] pizza and wings."
"Umm, ritual murder."
"I’m a big ice cream fan. I do [eat ice cream a lot] when I’m not training for various figurines of nudity."
"Red wine and chocolate."
"I’m a big salty person, I like salty snacks, so I love going to the movies because I get to have popcorn. But my favorite food is meatloaf and the other one is popcorn."
"I never feel guilty about taking pleasure. <em>In anything</em>."
"Reese’s peanut butter cups."
"I find myself sort of sitting in the corner by myself just consuming it … Chocolate. It makes you feel good all over. But dark, organic, the real deal that makes you high as a kite, you know?"
"Pizza, pasta, burgers and chocolate."
"Can it be like a food indulgence? Because I would say candy."
"Frozen yogurt. It's like an addiction, I don't know what's happening. 'Top Chef,' I have watched every single episode, and sleeping. It's definitely a guilty pleasure. I will sleep all day, I love staying in bed with my dog and reading and not getting up and checking my phone. And that gets me into trouble because I have things to do and that's not very productive."
"I love mint Milanos! I put them in the freezer so they’re frozen and crunchy. It’s delicious."
"Coffee Lovers Delight at Cold Stone."
"It'd have to be watching reality shows. Not just ours. We love 'Cake Boss' and most TLC programming. Couponing is also a guilty pleasure. As I said on the show, saving money can sometimes be better than sex."
"'Real Housewives.' I pretty much watch all of them, but the 'Real Housewives of Orange County' are my favorite."
"You’re going to think I’m so boring … I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you enjoy something, there’s nothing guilty about it."
Neil Patrick Harris
"Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups."