Katy Perry: America's Biggest Export Goes Glam
Katy Perry, whose latest album, Prism, came out in October, is a global pop star with subtext. Here, she opens up to W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg about her celebrity crush, going to therapy, and more.
Released on 10/22/2013
|Cinematographer:||Joe Turner Lin|
The first song that made a big impression on me
was the song Killer Queen by the band Queen.
I remember I was 15.
I was hanging out with my friend, Morgan.
And this was in Santa Barbara, my hometown.
And we were over at her house.
And she was, kind of, the cooler friend.
You know, the one that you idolize
and maybe, like, have a weird, strange
obsession slash crush on them.
And we were, like, standing on her bed
and she just hit play on a huge boombox
and the song that came out was Killer Queen
and, like, it's almost as though my world froze.
And then I moved to LA when I was 17
and I was being mentored by this guy named Glen Ballard
who made Jagged Little Pill for Alanis Morissette.
I was a little bratty when I came to LA.
I was a little entitled.
Because I was in Beverly Hills.
A big famous producer had taken me under his wing.
I was getting a monthly allowance.
I mean, I didn't come from anything,
so this was all very exciting.
I had a Louis Vuitton keychain on my Jetta.
It was exciting.
And I thought I was the bee's knees.
And then, someone said something to me one time and said,
You know, you should be really grateful,
because it doesn't always last for people.
And I was like, Whatever, shut up.
And then, I got dropped.
And then, that Jetta got impounded.
And I couldn't pay my bills.
I heard mores nos than I heard yeses.
I built a lot of character, a lot of strength
that I needed for today that,
I think, if I were to have launched at 17,
I would have probably have already been finished by now.
I was in Texas and I was doing some promotion stuff for...
Visiting radio stations.
And I Kissed a Girl came on.
And I filmed it.
It was, like, early days of when you could film yourself.
I think I was filming myself on the laptop, actually.
And I was jumping around.
I was very excited.
In 2008, when that song came out,
it was a little bit radical.
You know, the topic of bisexuality
or who am I, what is my preference?
And so, even though it was a very tongue-in-cheek
I kissed a girl and I liked it.
'Cause that's what I like to do sometimes.
I like to do everything with a wink.
So, even though it's just a fun little pop song,
sometimes, fun little pop songs,
they are the zeitgeist of
what's going on in popular culture.
You know, I do love a good innuendo.
I love doing things with a
little wink every once in a while.
It's like mom and dad know what this means,
but just sing along kids.
You won't know for 10 years.
For a long time, people were talking about bullying
and that was a big hot topic.
And, I think, sometimes, you can forget
that you can be your own bully in some ways.
Like you are the person that is standing
in the way of your success.
Whether it's professionally or personally.
And, honestly, that was the case for me.
I was having a great professional streak,
but, personally, I was really immature.
And so, I had to balance them out.
Finally, I had enough and I said,
Hey, you need to speak up for yourself.
If you're not happy with something, you change it.
Change it, make yourself better every single day.
So, I went to a lot of therapy.
And I guess I put it in the way of,
like, you're gonna hear me roar.
Finally, I'm gonna be able to speak up for myself.
I try and keep my connection with the G-O-D.
Or with the power that's bigger than me.
It's very important, I feel like,
to believe in something bigger than yourself,
because, if not, you don't have
any kind of accountability.
If you just think, Hey, at the end of it all,
I'm just gonna be dust.
Or I have no soul.
Or whatever, then why not just be a menace to society,
because you don't have anyone that
you have to be accountable to.
There is a lot of behind the scenes work
that goes into making a film.
And I hate mornings.
So, I told some executives over at the studios...
I said, Hey, if you wanna start shooting at 11 AM,
I'm your girl.
Otherwise, I'm not interested,
'cause I live a rock star kind of life
where I don't go o bed till four.
But I always say, if Ridley Scott wants to hire me
for Blade Runner 2 to play Rachel,
I am absolutely available.
[Lynn] You're perfect.
Goodness, who do I have a crush on?
I actually kind of am dating my crush.
I really actually had a crush on him for a long time.
It just so happens we fit together great.