"Much like his hit FX series, the exercise is profoundly meta and introspective — to a fault," says the Los Angeles Times' Christi Carras of the social media reaction to Glover's self-interview for Interview magazine. “Donald glover interviewing himself is a great example of how the skills of profilers/critics/interviewers are so undervalued,” tweeted Vulture and New York magazine critic Angelica Jade Bastién. “Let’s let go of auteurism please.” In his interview, Glover explains why agreed to be interviewed by himself. “I guess I don’t love interviews and I asked myself, ‘Why don’t you like interviews?’” Glover said. “I think part of it is that the questions are usually the same. This way I can get questions I usually don’t get asked.
Donald Glover's interview with Donald Glover was actually pretty good: "Donald Glover interviewed himself for Interview’s latest cover story," says Chloe Stillwell. "It’s a bit gimmicky and doesn’t bode well for entertainment journalism or the future of the celebrity interview, but the piece itself is actually... pretty good? In it, Glover takes what could have been a self-congratulatory thought experiment at the pinnacle of celebrity narcissism and manages to deliver something that gets at the idea of authenticity. Specifically the unique authenticity of Donald Glover. Glover wears many hats. He’s a rapper, an auteur, a comedian, an actor, and undeniably a voice of the millennial generation. But as he sets the scene, we don’t see the frenetic life of a multi-talented Hollywood celebrity, the kind who you’d think wants to interview himself. We get Glover’s idea of a Grant Wood painting. He’s on his farm staring at a tangelo, his partner painting, his children excitedly foraging under mulberry trees. But his mind remains consistently consumed with art."