The Interrogator with Celia Rowlson-Hall

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If you haven’t seen New York filmmaker and choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall’s insanely comedic, highly satirical, tragically spot-on spoof vid on the auditioning process, you are missing out. Combining dry humor with outrageous physicality, Hall adds a much-needed dash of art to humdrum piles of YouTube videos clogging up the Internet. Hers is a strong female voice—one that has not escaped the notice of Interview Magazine, Oyster, or the Huffington Post. Celia’s choreography can be seen in Asgier’s stellar new video for “King and Cross” and she is currently directing her first feature film, MA. We decided to ask the Queen of Quirk a few questions, Interrogator style.

Place of residence:

Brooklyn, NY

Current occupation:

Filmmaker, Choreographer

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Park Ranger

Quote to live by:

“Follow your bliss!” — Joseph Campbell

First job you ever had:

I washed boats with my best friend during the summer.

Least favorite part of your day:

At 11 p.m. when I realize I didn’t get what I wanted to do done…

Windows down, the song you’re playing is:

Any song from the new Beck album, I’m listening to it on repeat.

Three guilty pleasures:

Prank videos on YouTube, The Voice, owning a car in this city.

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?

Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold

You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

Shirin Neshat’s films.

Plane, train, or automobile for a road trip?


What IS your favorite road trip?

One that involves visiting national parks.

Personal travel ethos:

No plans.

Drink of choice:

Tonic and bitters.

Beach house or tree house:


Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

A taverna meal on the island of Paros, Greece. We had a meze of fish, octopus, cheeses, salads, grilled vegetables, dips, and watermelon for desert. The freshest of ingredients. Everything was either grown or caught off the island.

What is the best news you ever received?

“You’re gonna be ok.”

Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.

“Success.” It has us all rushing around, going nuts and really nervous about life and there is no point.

Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to:

Jon Brion played in NY a few years ago; the way that he played around the stage like a happy child was so inspirational. I’ll never forget it.

Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?

In the ocean or the woods.

Photo courtesy of Matt Rubin.

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in Cereal, Lenny Letter, and more.