Shia Breaks For a Global Press Tour to Talk About His Girlfriend, Spielberg's Advice, and Tom Cruise
The Transformers: Dark of the Moon cast was busy over the weekend, with Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, in silver Naeem Khan, kicking off a string of premieres and photo calls at a Berlin event on Saturday. The whole gang was together in Germany, with Shia and Rosie joining Michael Bay, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, Josh Duhamel, and Tyrese Gibson at the city's Cinestar theater. They split up afterward, though, with a Burberry-clad Rosie and Michael heading to London to walk a blue carpet yesterday, Patrick saying hi to French fans, and Tyrese tackling Madrid. They'll be together in NYC in just a few days, so Shia, Rosie, and Michael can do more interviews. It's the third press tour for some of the guys, and Shia recently touched on the evolution of his friendship with Michael. Shia LaBeouf's girlfriend Karolyn Pho was another topic of conversation in an interview with The LA Times, and he shared some advice he's received from mentor Steven Spielberg. Shia said:
- On Michel Bay: "[He's] sort of my big brother . . . We're both very game, very passionate people. Sometimes it's not actor-director. Sometimes it's two dudes yelling over explosions. Sometimes it doesn't sound like the friendliest conversation. But we love each other."
- On his girlfriend Karolyn's influence: "Pâté? A cheese plate? That's a very 25-year-old deal. I can get down with some fig jelly and some cheese on a cracker . . . She's having me try different things. I was scared of fish, 'cause of my upbringing, being Jewish. Gefilte can ruin your entire seafood life."
- On advice from Steven Spielberg: "The way Steven described it to me was, 'When Tom Cruise walks outside his house, he doesn't pick his nose. From the minute he leaves his door to the minute he comes back home, he doesn't pick his nose.' Now that's a certain way to live your life that I have no ambitions toward."