ICYMI, actress/elusive chanteuse Leighton Meester released her well-received debut LP last week, without much fanfare, amid the chaos of a certain other album release. However, Meester did do some interviews with Elle Canada, Refinery29, TeenVogue, and MadeMan discussing her music comeback -- here are the highlights:
On dealing with the pressures of public life: "Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but the ‘Hey, can I have a picture or an autograph?’ is not exciting to me at all. It’s almost weird at this point. The more comfortable I am with myself and happy with my real life, the more I realize that all that stuff isn’t really real. It’s really confusing. I know that people like me because they like the art that I do, and that’s amazing, but they don’t know me—they don’t know the bad things about me." [Elle Canada]
She doesn't mind being corny: I think that [my lyrics] maybe [aren’t] as literal, but I like to think that I’m a little corny and I’m not ashamed of that. I’m not ashamed to talk about my heartstrings and my heart and my love and my feelings. [MadeMan]
Being taken seriously as an actress-turned-singer: "No matter what, I can stand by the music and feel really good, and the people who have the same tastes as I do will like it. And people who have a different point of view, I won’t be able to necessarily change them. [...] That’s with anything. And it’s such a subjective medium, that’s not really what I’m trying to do. Out of a hundred people, maybe ninety will go, ‘This is actually surprising.’ And that’s kind of cool, you know. For better or worse, the bar is set kind of low. And I think this will raise it a little." [MadeMan]
Acting vs. music: "I don't really have any control over where my acting goes. It really is the type of business nowadays where something good comes, and you have to take it. But as far as my music goes, I have a lot more control. So I can time it, and I can commit as much or as little as I want. Right now, I want to commit most of my time to that." [TeenVogue]
Will she tour? "Yeah, definitely! At some point I’d like to. Right now, I’m trying to figure out what the right way of doing it is." [Refinery29]
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New featurette for LIFE PARTNERS, co-starring Gillian Jacobs, Gabourey Sidibe, Adam Brody. Out on VOD/iTunes Nov. 6 (tomorrow!!).
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LIFE PARTNERS featurette
OF MICE AND MEN is also playing in theatres tomorrow. Slay a bit. When will your CW faves?