Donald Glover Shares His Thoughts on Will Smith’s Oscars Slap



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Of Atlanta‘s third season is rolling out now, complete with a few Hiro Murai-directed premiere episodes, star and creator Donald Glover dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to give fans an insight into how his creative process has changed over the years. Glover was also expected to be asked about Will Smith’s Oscars hit, as well as the possibility of a new album under the name Childish Gambino.

When Glover was asked around 1:49 am where he was watching this year’s Oscar ceremony, he revealed that he was at the… Vanity Fair party.

“Everyone was just a little bit, chatting a little bit,” Glover said. “I think it felt like you were in someone’s living room. And it just happened. For me, I don’t even want to really get into it. It’s like, whatever. People are already tired of it. People say, ‘Dang, I have another article to read. It’s already eight articles.’ And also, like, a lot of things happened to me while I was telling jokes on stage, things like that.”

Asked to elaborate, Glover recalled that what he joked was an “emotional assault” that happened years ago when he brought a date to an improv show.

“I was dating someone and I took them to an improv show. … We didn’t know each other that well,” Glover told Kimmel. “Maybe I would have dated her for two weeks at most. This might have been a third date or whatever, maybe a second. And were [performing improv] and she’s drunk and she says, ‘What’s the matter? Who are those people?’ She’s super loud and people say, ‘Who is she?’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t know.’”

Finally, Glover’s fellow performers told the woman to leave the performance, after which he continued to pretend that he too had no idea who she was. Kimmel later told Glover that he was “like Will Smith and Chris Rock combined” because of his status as a premier multihyphenate.

“Yeah, I can’t pick sides,” Glover said at around 3:44 in the video above. ‘I love them both. I love those two guys.”

Deeper into the chat, Kimmel praised Glover during the first episode of Atlanta‘s new season, which – as fans already know – gives viewers a look at familiar characters only towards the end of its 36-minute runtime. Speaking generally about how such releases are designed to feel like an “event,” Glover explained how the knowledge of people waiting for the show’s return had an impact on the early episodes back.

According to Glover, such a return should be “something poignant and cinematic,” with Kimmel going on to point out how this approach extends to how the actors deliver their lines. “I feel like if you keep everything at a 2, if you do a 10, it feels like a 100,” Glover said.

As for music-centric talk, Kimmel asked Glover around 9:27 a.m. if he was currently working on another Gambino album. Rather than getting too specific, Glover pointed to the amount of music he has created, leading to an inspiring insight into how he carries out his artistic process today. “It used to flow, but now I have kids, so nothing flows anymore. … Nothing is as simple as it used to be, so I’m blocking time now,” Glover said when asked how he manages to make time for each of his creative excesses.

See more from Donald Glover and Jimmy Kimmel above. The last episode of Atlanta premieres this week on FX.

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