George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC-TV host, 34
On Thursday night, we went to the opening gala for the VIFF. Disappointed by the lack of minor Canadian celebrities and feeling emboldened by all the really free booze, I saw hunky George standing around and decided to chat him up. I was drunk, he was straight-edge sober, and by the end of the night we were arguing on a Granville Island pier and he straight-faced compared U2 to God.
GEORGE: Check one two. I think it’s on.
ONLY: Okay, fuck. Now I need questions. Oh yeah, what do you think young Canada thinks of you?
G: Oh, I donâ€™t know. Ask them. I think that the ones who have seen what I do may think that, like me or dislike me, Iâ€™m not bullshitting them.
ONLY: What’s, like, your life goal? The top, you know.
G: Fill up the time â€˜til I die. I just want to be able to feel good about what I do. Not pride, because prideâ€™s bullshit. I donâ€™t want fucking pride in what I do. I make television, for christsake.
ONLY: Might you ever run for political office?
G: Way too much shit to hide.
ONLY: Whatâ€™s the difference between working for CBC and working for MuchMusic?
G: Interior design. Working at MuchMusic was like working in a rock video, walking into the CBC building is like walking into a dentistâ€™s office.
ONLY: Do you think youâ€™re going to lose your job when you get older and you donâ€™t have the whole â€œyoung guyâ€ thing anymore?
G: Iâ€™m not a young guy. Iâ€™m 34-years-old. Iâ€™ll lose my job when people donâ€™t watch the show anymore.
ONLY: Whatâ€™s your favourite band right now?
G: I like System of a Down. A lot. In a genre that has become extremely narrow, heavy music, System of a Down have found a way to be artists.
ONLY: Your gum smells soooo good.
G: Itâ€™s my last piece.
ONLY: Iâ€™m going to take it.
ONLY: Mmm. Bubblicious?