WhoSay Q&A: Ron Howard Talks Doodle Mugs

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The legendary Hollywood director talks to us about his doodle-mugs and how he's planning to celebrate his upcoming anniversary with his wife, Cheryl.

Feb 24, 2014 | 08:54 PM

A few weeks back, we wrote about Ron Howard's artistic new charity project—a collection of ceramic coffee mugs covered with his signature "phone doodles."

We wanted to hear a little more about his creative process and why he decided to partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Ron was gracious enough to answer our mug-related questions and more in a fun Q&A. If you want to find out what the famous director uses his personal doodle mugs for, read below.

Who are your favorite artists? Are your doodles inspired by any particular artist/artistic movement?

Ron Howard: My doodles owe nothing to my favorite artists, who run the gamut from Remington to Hockney and O'Keefe to Thomas Hart Benton... because there is no technique involved in the doodles. They are more like daydreams... They are childlike because that's the way they come out in a virtually subconscious kind of way.

Tell us why you chose to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

RH: I've long appreciated the array of programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the and the diversity of regions and young people that the Clubs reach and benefit.

What’s in your Ron Howard Doodle Mug?

RH: I love to collect all kinds of mugs. I find them fun but substantial to hold and therefore strangely comforting. I use my doodle mugs for all kinds of drinks hot or cold....and sometimes I even heat up turkey chili in there or scramble eggs in the microwave in one of my mugs...so they get a workout around our place.

4. You seem excellent at multitasking. Is there anything else you’re good at doing while you’re working or on the phone?

RH: I sometimes play computer chess while on the phone but I've been doodling for a couple of decades now.

You and your wife are one of the most solid couples out there. Do you have anything special planned for your anniversary in June?

RH: We have been so busy with work and family that I think we will carve out some time and go to one of the places on the planet we've been dreaming of but putting off for a while. Since I won't be shooting a movie in June this year, it's a good time to do some exploring.

Congratulations on "Mena." What drew you to this project?

RH: "Mena" is a fascinating story well told. I'm fortunate to say it is one of only a handful of projects that I'm actively developing with the hope that it will make it to the big screen one day.

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