Our very own Malala just gave her first ever Netflix interview, on David Letterman’s show, that’s aptly called, ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’. Just in case you don’t know who he is, he used to be a Late Night Show host in the US and has two Emmys to his name- it’s safe to say the man knows how to interview.
The episode starts with a little clip from Oxford
It turns out, Malala has an on-campus job as a student ambassador for the Lady Margaret Hall, which is one of the schools in Oxford.
It was just so new to see as a regular student, operating just as how you’d expect one to ask. In fact, the very first scene is walking up to her tour group and her introducing herself as ‘Malala’. You can see it on all those girls’ faces that they’re having a total fangirl moment.
While at Oxford she talked about how she hopes there are more female leaders in the world, that too soon
It’s not hard to draw parallels between Benazir Bhutto and Malala, same university and same degree. Naturally, Letterman asked her about her political ambitions, to which she said she had none. The discussion obviously went on to talk about Benazir and how she was impacted by the former PM. Malala says that Benazir showed Pakistan and the world that a strong woman can be a leader. She ends this part of the interview saying ‘Even in America we are yet to see a female president’.
She openly talks about Swat Valley, and how much she misses her home
As Pakistanis, we take pride in the natural beauty of our North, as so does Malala. She talks so lovingly about Swat, the rivers, and the hills. She poignantly remarks about how when she had to leave Swat did she truly begin to see its beauty. She says that when she looked out her window at the hospital in Birmingham, her first thought was ‘Where are the mountains?’
Malala also says that she’s tried to come back, but sadly the timing has yet to be right for her return.
‘I just want my feet to touch that land’
She talks about Pashtun hospitality
Letterman clearly did his research before the interview and asks her questions about Pashtun culture. It begins with the very well known hospitality. Malala hilariously remarks, ‘When you’re there, you don’t need to tell anyone that you’re coming over for dinner. Just knock, and actually, if the door is open, just get in there.’
She also takes about how you can stay at a relative’s place for however long you want.
To this, Letterman gives a hypothetical. Let’s say him and his family go to stay at Malala’s house without any end in sight. Of course, Malala welcomes him to stay but also clarifies that they would NEVER know if they’ve overstayed their welcome. The complaining would all happen behind closed doors!
Amazingly (and this is my favorite part), even Malala forgets about her assignments!
She was talking about how Oxford is a very happening campus, from talks to societies, she keeps herself on her toes. But as student life goes, she suddenly would remember that there is something due the next day.
We also learned that Malala needs to up her foosball game!
David Letterman did beat her at a game
Malala also had the MOST AMAZING response when asked about Trump
‘Well I’m in the UK, so what do you think about him?’
And she has zero confidence in her driving abilities
She’s taken up to 10 lessons and she’s like ‘I’m horrible!’
And, make sure you’re holding onto something, SHE DOESN’T LIKE PIZZA
I’m all for being a desi at heart, but come on! PIZZA!
Lastly, Malala is on the Oxford Cricket Club!
Now that’s a match I would love to see.