In what could, almost, pass for a profile in women’s Vogue, Perry talks endlessly about her fame for the purpose of promoting the glorified VH1: Behind The Music Special that’ll charge 3D ticket prices. And in what could have, perhaps, aptly been covered in one or two questions, Perry spends the verbiage below exploring the ins and outs of her own fame and how it’s affected her life. Were there a little more breadth to the questions, this would have been a more gripping read. But one supposes Perry’s demo wouldn’t demand it.
On why she’ll bother with an insipid movie: “One of my main reasons for doing this is that people think of me as though I’m Dorothy in the ruby slippers. I want them to see everything else that’s involved. Yes, I am her, but at the end of it all, I’m also the guy behind the curtain… [Moreover] I wanted to document the tour, because when we started to book these really big venues, I felt like I was going all in. And I figured that by the end of it I’d be bankrupt or else I’d look like the smartest music businesswoman of my age, and I thought either outcome would be interesting. More than that, though, I wanted to show people this parade that surrounds me… I wanted them to see the engine. I think sometimes they look at me and wonder, How is it possible that she continues to have this kind of success? Why are the stars so aligned for her? But, while that is a factor, it’s not the whole story. I also work my tail off! And, of course, I wanted people to be able to experience the tour and all the joy it brought, which is why we shot it in 3D. And this is amazing 3D. It’s definitely not just a marketing tool.”
On whether Madonna’s or Justin Bieber’s docu-movies inspired her (queue passive-aggressive dig at Madonna): “A little. Madonna is everything to me, and that movie is amazing because it caught her at a time when she was a bit more vulnerable. I wanted to do that too, to capture a snapshot of who I am now so that I can remind myself what I’ve lost if I ever do become totally jaded [laughs].”
On whether she’s interested in acting: “I would love to [act]. There was a time when I was going to be involved in The Help, just a small part, I wasn’t going to be Emma Stone or anything, but I couldn’t because the shooting schedule conflicted with the release of my record. And I was upset about that; I knew it was going to be an important film. Not that I need to do drama first, but I do want to do something that makes a strong impression. You don’t really get off the hook being a musician first… I feel like the stakes are really high.”
On whether her success is still exciting: “Of course! I’m not like, ‘Ugh, number one again.’ It’s funny, though, my label gets so caught up in the statistics, just because they’re excited. But for me, I don’t need to grind it into anyone’s head that I’m popular. If you like my music, great, and if you don’t, whatever. I’m going to keep making it either way. This does feel a bit like the record that never ends. But I wanted to release The Complete Confection for the hard-core fan who wants everything: three new songs, the remixes, and it’s all in a cute little package.”
On how her life’s changed, considering she’s had four record deals and aggressively chased the fame she has now: “My life is crazy now. When you get to this level, there’s a lot that’s not real, but I really haven’t changed.”
On whether she’s tired of fame: “I’m tired of being famous already! But I’m not tired of creating. Fame is, I think, just a disgusting by-product of what I do. It’s quite a delicate creature; it’s a wild animal of sorts. It can love you, and then it can attack you. I still want to be as approachable and relatable as possible. When I meet fans and they’re crying, I’ll say, ‘Calm down, there’s nothing to cry about. I’m not going to bite you or attack you or grant you three wishes. Let’s just hang out and have a good time.’ But really, I stopped focusing on what other people think a while ago. If you try to be everything to everyone, you’ll only end up completely confused.”
On her style: “I don’t like to take fashion too seriously. I love it, and I am so grateful when big brands want to associate with me, but mostly I just want to take chances and have fun and truly live. And sometimes that means wearing some ridiculous, cat-inspired outfit rather than whatever happens to be in this season… I love Agyness Deyn, Chloë Sevigny, Daphne Guinness, Natalie Wood, Judy Jetson, and Wonder Woman.”
On where that style comes from: “I’m still doing the pinup thing, but now when I do it, I want to be the pinup of the future, like Rachael in Blade Runner. But I’ve always been quirky. It probably started when I was nine years old, and my father used to wake me up at seven every Saturday morning to take me to garage sales. I couldn’t afford the clothes that the other girls at school were wearing, so instead I looked for things that were unique to me.” – via Teen Vogue Magazine.