Antonio Banderas: Proust Questionnaire


  • What is your idea of perfect happiness? The very short instant right after accomplishing something very challenging.
  • What is your greatest fear? The death of my loved ones.
  • What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My pathological incapacity to say no.
  • What is the trait you most deplore in others? I don’t like fake people, impostors.
  • What do you dislike most about your appearance? I would like to be four inches taller. (He’s 5′ 9″)
  • What is your current state of mind? Excited and calm even if it is a contradiction.
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? The age. I would like to be 30 years old now.
  • If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? I wouldn’t change my family for anything in the world.
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement? I survived Hollywood.
  • If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A mountain.
  • If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? The ocean.
  • What is your most marked characteristic? People always say my eyes.
  • What is the quality you most like in a man? Integrity.
  • What is the quality you most like in a woman? Compassion.
  • What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty.

~ Antonio Banderas, excerpts from “Antonio Banderas Answers the Proust Questionnaire” Vanity Fair, December 12, 2019

Photo: Actor Antonio Banderas attends the “The Skin I Live In” premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)


  1. I always find these so interesting, they are always a bit revealing. most of his answers were not surprising, kind of went along with my assumptions, and interesting that his height was what he would change, above other things.

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  2. How about you do a Proust Questionnaire series ?

    I think this mortality theme hits pasta certain age. I blame it on age, or on you.

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  3. I love these questionnaires even if the responder has ample time to contrive their responses. There’s always a sliver of accuracy in there – no surprise that a height challenged person would consider being a mountain. Just ask me 😉

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  4. I’m wondering what caught your eye about this interview, DK. You identify with many of his answers?

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  5. Apart from the fact that I totally and utterly got the wrong person in my mind (I thought TANGO DANCING) – AND I wondered about his dancing when I saw a movie with him in it (again, how on earth did that idea get born in my muddled mind…. Gosh!), I have to confess that I find him a really goodlooking guy. I also understand his problem about his 1.74m he measures. Not easy in a man. I was then gobsmacked about his really stellar moral statements. Bravo! And then I’d like to know how you choose an article like this one, and you may reply to RELAX, who asked first.

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  6. Fascinating — I too think doing your own series would be brilliant Dave — though I do hope that on the question — your greatest achievement — no one answers quite so glibly! At least that’s how I see his answer. The height thing makes sense to be too — not much about that face I’d change, that’s for sure! 🙂 And as a vertical under-achiever, I can relate, especially where high cupboards are concered!

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ANTONIO BANDERAS … a man of high stature and talent!! #Proud …

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  8. This was a fun post, DK. I’m off to snoop to find your answers… 😉

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  9. Always love dipping below the surface of peeps! Wondering …. If you were to do yours again, would the answers be the same?

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  10. Love Banderas! Enjoyed this article and getting some insight into the man.

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