With their busy schedules and glamorous travels, celebrities often find themselves needing to be in two places at the same time. What’s the solution? Many celebrities have been turning to Skype video calling to stay in touch with family, friends and fans, as well as to get some work done, too. Take a look at some of the highlights from this past month:
MSN Entertainment UK made history last month by holding the first ever fan-led Skype chat with Katy Perry where Perry’s fans from all over the world were able to chat with Katy live and ask her questions over Skype. Katy talked about her upcoming movie and was able to see and interact with her fans directly on the video call. Check out Katy’s full Skype chat below:
Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel pitted NBA stars Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert against one other in a scavenger hunt using Skype group video calling. Kimmel sent the two racing around their homes, searching for objects matching Kimmel’s descriptions for each round. The first to bring the objects back to their computer and show them to the audience via Skype was awarded one point. See the hilarity play out below:
For charity, Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker David Lynch agreed to review a lucky contestant’s screenplay in person in Los Angeles, California or via Skype for 45 minutes. Be on the lookout for a blog post in the next few weeks where we interview David about his experience.
Dan Sullivan was re-elected in April for a second term as mayor of Anchorage, Alaska. Unfortunately, the swearing-in ceremony coincided with Sullivan’s planned family vacation to Hawaii. Sullivan was sworn into office using a Skype video call, with a judge in Alaska administering the oath and an attorney in Honolulu notarizing his signature.
While actor Tom Hardy may be enjoying the perks of being a Hollywood star (he’ll be starrin opposite Christian Bale as the nefarious villain Bane in the upcoming Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises”), his most important role is being a father to his 4-year old son. Since Hardy often has to be on-location for filming, he stays in touch with his son Louis through Skype. “I like to go no longer than three weeks without seeing my loved ones, but it does take some juggling,” Hardy tells Company Magazine, “I’m very much aware of being a ‘Skype father’…but I have to have the finances to make sure [my son will] be secure, and I can only do that by working.”
(Photo source: Ivan Gavan/Getty, People.com)