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Paul Giamatti Says Cher Keeps Trying to Reach Him, and He Has No Idea Why

Paul Giamatti attends "The Holdovers" BFI Screening and Q&A at BFI Southbank on January 16, 2024 in London, England.
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In the ever-unpredictable world of celebrity interactions, a peculiar tale of missed connections has captured public fascination: the ongoing drama between Paul Giamatti, the acclaimed actor known for his depth in roles from “Sideways” to “Billions,” and Cher, the iconic Goddess of Pop.

The story began unfolding publicly during Giamatti’s recent appearance on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show, where he shared an amusing yet baffling tale of Cher’s attempts to reach him.

Giamatti, with a mix of bewilderment and curiosity, recounted how Cher, a figure whose career has spanned decades with hits like “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” has been trying to get in touch with him.

According to Giamatti, every so often, he receives messages indicating not just that Cher wants to talk, but that she “really needs to talk” to him, emphasizing a sense of urgency that leaves more questions than answers. This intriguing game of phone tag came to light when Stern mentioned Cher’s admiration for Giamatti, sparking an even greater curiosity among listeners about the nature of Cher’s pressing need to speak with him.

Giamatti also spoke to Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” about the story in November 2023, saying that Cher’s people have tried to reach him twice in the past few years.

“And I go, ‘Okay,’ and then I never hear anything,” he said. “It goes away, and then it comes again. ‘Cher really needs to talk to you.’ I’m like, ‘What the f*** is going on with Cher?’”


The attempts at communication between these two stars have been sporadic. Giamatti detailed a particularly mysterious moment when a producer for his podcast “Chinwag” managed to get in contact with Cher, leading to her leaving a voicemail that simply stated, “I hear you want to talk to me.”

Giamatti’s response, aiming to clarify the situation, seemingly led nowhere, adding another layer to the mystery.

This ongoing story has not only puzzled Giamatti but has also captivated the public’s imagination. Social media has played a significant role in bringing this story to light, with Cher’s own posts on X hinting at her admiration for Giamatti’s portrayal of John Adams in the HBO miniseries, a role that earned him an Emmy.

People are fascinated by this story, and it’s not just because of the usual celebrity gossip. It’s about communication, curiosity, and the longing to connect. In the world of social media, where celebrities and fans are closer than ever, the failed attempts at connection between Cher and Giamatti remind us of the challenges and excitement of reaching out to someone we admire.

The story also shows the human side of celebrities, reminding us that behind the glitz and glamour, they are just like us, experiencing the same mix of excitement and frustration when trying to connect. Giamatti’s open sharing of the situation adds a relatable touch — his curiosity to find out why Cher has been trying to reach him reflects the intrigue we’ve all felt at some point when faced with a mysterious message or an unexpected call.


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