Throwback Thursday to Damian Lewis’ Proust Questionnaire

Damian Lewis answered Vanity Fair‘s famous “Proust Questionnaire” in March 2017 after he wrapped Billions Season 2 and before he returned to London stage in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 

We, Fan Fun girls, thought, firstly, it would be a lot of FUN for us to fill out the questionnaire, too, and compare our answers to Damian’s! And, secondly, we thought this would give our readers an opportunity to get to know every one of us a little bit better in case they are interested. And yeah we sincerely hope that you are! 😀

So here we go! We kick off our ‘Proust Questionnaire’ project today with Damian’s answers. Please come back to see our individual questionnaires starting next Tuesday.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Party, good friends, lots of dancing.

What is your greatest fear? Losing my memory.

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Henry VIII.


Which living person do you most admire? Sohana Collins. A little girl I know who’s extremely brave.

source: Sohana Research Fund

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Forgetfulness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Selfishness. People who block junctions in their car.

What is your greatest extravagance? Ice-cream sundaes with extra cream.

What is your favorite journey? The journey out of myself.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Principles.

On what occasion do you lie? When I’m double-booked.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? My smile.

Which living person do you most despise? Bashar al-Assad.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “I don’t know.”

What is your greatest regret? A missed forehand volley at the Dorking Tennis Tournament. I was 12.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My wife.

When and where were you happiest? Driving golf balls into the cricket pavilion on summer evenings in my pajamas.

Which talent would you most like to have? To be a brilliant painter.

What is your current state of mind? Heavy.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Laugh more.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Nothing. The chaos is perfect.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My marriage.

source: Getty Images

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? An orangutan.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A person who could stretch time.

What is your most treasured possession? My Swiss Army penknife.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Homelessness.

Where would you like to live? Where I am.

What is your favorite occupation? Playing soccer.

What is your most marked characteristic? Repeating myself.

What is the quality you most like in a man? The ability to build things.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Warmth.

What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty.

Who are your favorite writers? Hemingway, Wodehouse, García Márquez, Bulgakov.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Raskolnikov.

Who are your heroes in real life? Good teachers.

What are your favorite names? Helen, Manon, Gulliver.

What is it that you most dislike? Grits.

How would you like to die? Surrounded by those I love.

What is your motto? “Have faith and leap.”

Author: Damianista

Academic, Traveler, Blogger, Runner, Theatre Lover, Wine Snob, Part-time New Yorker, and Walking Damian Lewis Encyclopedia :D Procrastinated about a fan's diary on Damian Lewis for a while and the rest is history!

3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday to Damian Lewis’ Proust Questionnaire”

  1. I enjoyed reading this so much! His answers are wonderful! Direct,to the point, and you can really get a sense of who he is.

    I can’t wait to read everyone else’s!

    1. Same here! I think the questionnaire is designed in a way to make you think about yourself and give honest answers. As I read Damian’s answers, I have found out that we are very similar in some ways and very different in others… For example, my smile could easily be my favorite part of my physical appearance 🙂 I still can’t get my head around the fact that he dislikes his smile. How come? 😀

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