“What are you wearing?” is a popular red carpet question, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good one — so Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization took it upon themselves to solicit more thoughtful questions to ask celebrities strolling the red carpet at Sunday’s Golden Globes via Twitter, where stars like Shonda Rhimes and Reese Witherspoon submitted questions with the hashtag #SmartGirlsAsk that later were answered on camera by winners like Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm.
Witherspoon asked, “What woman inspires you?” and Henson answered by shouting out her 91-year-old grandmother. “She’s amazing,” Henson said after applauding her grandma for keeping her big family so close over the years. “She dates younger than her. Come on. She inspires me. And she doesn’t look her age at all. I get it from my grandmama!”
Hamm opted to give a Twitter user named Kayli some advice on what to do if you still haven’t found your passion. “The most important thing is to not freak out about it. You’re young. You’ve got a lot of time to figure it out,” Hamm said. “And the most important thing to do is to keep trying and keep engaging with the world, and you might be surprised at how your passion sort of finds you … And trust me, Kayli, I’m 100-years-old. So I know what it’s like to wait around a long time.”
While Hamm’s advice was more about waiting until something happens, Emmy Rossum suggested going for whatever it is you want — even in an industry like hers where “no” is a common response. “You are told ‘no’ a lot, way more than you’re told ‘yes.’ But I’ve always felt like every ‘no’ is one ‘no’ closer to a ‘yes.’ And sometimes you can turn a ‘no’ into a ‘yes,'” she said before recounting how her agent initially thought she wouldn’t get cast on Shameless because she came off as too “glamorous” to play a “rough around the edges” character.
See more responses over at the Smart Girls website.