Honoree John Green at the Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on April, 29, 2014.
Jonathan D. Woods for TIME
By Lily Rothman
April 29, 2014

Author John Green took a selfie before the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday, but he’d rather take one with some company.

“Is Benedict Cumberbatch here?” Green, a TIME 100 honoree and the author of The Fault In Our Stars, said in a brief interview during the gala. Told the actor wasn’t present, Green went said: “Then nobody. Or wait, is Kim Jong Un here?”

The North Korean dictator was not present.

“The thing about taking a selfie with Kim Jong Un is that after we take a selfie I’d do a citizens arrest,” Green said. “Like, ‘smile, you’re under arrest.'”

Green also dished on what he’s currently reading: Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, and a New Yorker article about cave diving, which is terrifying and a hobby he’s “eight different ways of uninterested in.”

Asked how he channels teenagers in his young adult novels, Green said: “I remember what it’s like to be a teenager. I think a lot about being a teenager. Everything was happening for the first time and it all mattered so much.”

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