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The Top 12 Strombo Interviews of 2012


It's been quite a year for the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight show. A move into prime time, a brand new studio and the launch of their new website, just to mention a few things. But one thing that hasn't changed - besides the red chairs, of course - are the movers and shakers Strombo sits down with every week night. 2012 saw some pretty amazing guests, so we asked the Strombo gang to give us their top interviews of 2012. Take a look at who they are (Note: The list is in alphabetical order):

Margaret Atwood

One of Canada's most influential writers joined George while celebrating the 40th anniversary of her novel Survival.

Brian Burke

The current President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs sat down with George to talk about the evolution of the team and becoming a spokesperson for tolerance in hockey after his son died in a car crash just a few months after announcing he was gay.

Jackie Chan

The world-wide super star with over 100 movies under his belt chats with George about his career and how, after 50 years, it might just be time to give his body a rest.

The Dictator

When George ventured to New York City to meet with the one and only Admiral-General Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the summer's film The Dictator, he got the low down on the character, his thoughts on Canada and what actually happened with the Ryan Seacrest incident.

Paul Haggis

Two years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Oscar winning director and Artists for Peace and Justice founder Paul Haggis invited George back to Haiti to see how the country and its people are trying to rebuild.

George Hamilton

Hollywood's golden boy and now starring in La Cage Aux Folles, George Hamilton stopped by GST and spoke with George about his longtime career, his family influence - especially his brother who passed away in 1982 - and his personal struggles with being gay in a time of intolerance.

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh, the ever-so-talented award winning actress, most likely known for her role on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Cristina Yang, joined George in Vancouver to discuss her career, being an Asian actress in Hollywood and her love for working in Canada.

Robert Pattinson

International heartthrob and film superstar Robert Pattinson sat down with Canada's boyfriend to chat about departing from Twilight in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, being thrust into the spotlight and where he'll go from here.

Fred Penner

Viewed largely as a staple in many Canadians' childhoods, entertaining legend Fred Penner of CBC's Fred Penner's Place sat in the red chair to talk to George about his longtime career, the role he played in childrens' lives and his grown-up sing-a-long.

Mark Ruffalo

Before suiting up as the Hulk in the box office smash hit The Avengers, actor Mark Ruffalo toyed with the idea of quitting acting. He spoke about the role with George, as well as his experiences in Hollywood and over coming a rare brain tumor.

Vandana Shiva

Food activist and founder of Navdanya; a program to help promote local and ecological food, Vandana Shiva took a seat in the red chair to talk to George about her efforts that have now spread world-wide.

P.K. Subban

Habs defenceman P.K. Subban dropped into the studio to discuss making it to the NHL, his potential family hockey dynasty and his life growing up in Rexdale.

That's it for 2012. But of course, there are tons more guests you can check out on the Strombo website. We can't wait to see who'll sit in the red chair in 2013.

You can end 2012 with Canada's boyfriend when he hosts 
The George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight New Year's Special 
tonight (Dec. 31) at 11:30 pm



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