Katy Perry: ELLE Canada interview

A new album. A new fragrance. A new look. Has Katy Perry reinvented herself? Find out in our celebrity interview.

Aug 29, 2013
Kathryn Hudson
Mariano Vivanco

katy-perry-elle-interview-0003.jpgIt seems that as soon as Perry forgets she’s trying to be poised, she slides back into the charmingly brash girl we fell for years ago—the one your brother would be infatuated with but your mother might not approve of. She chats easily about her interest in her health: She has switched from drinking lattes to green tea, she hikes and she takes supplements. Then, while describing her preferred brand of vitamin C, she casually mentions that the only drawback is that it tastes like “a load and is disgusting.” She smiles, continuing on, and then stops dead and laughs. “I can’t believe I just said that! Strike the ‘load’ part!”

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Before long, she has flicked her pumps onto the floor (“Yeah, I’m taking my shoes off!”) and dumped the contents of her makeup bag out on the coffee table. “There we go!” she says. “My bag of tricks!” It’s an unusually literal response to an admittedly rote line of questioning about her beauty regimen. “I make sure to give myself a break,” she says. “I had to find that balance. But I learned this thing called Transcendental Meditation, which I do as much as I possibly can. It’s 20 minutes and you’re supposed to do it twice a day, but I only do it once every other day—but anyway, it works.” She waves her hand dismissively. “People say you should work out 30 minutes a day—none of us works out 30 minutes a day!” She is equally frank about why she admires her famous friends. “I think that Rihanna always looks so fresh and I’m like, ‘How do you do that? We all know how much pot you smoke! And you don’t sleep because you’re on Instagram at four o’clock in the morning!’” she hoots with mock despair and then winks. “I’ll get her secret for you.”


It’s funny to hear her mocking Rihanna’s inability to shut down, since if Perry isn’t tweeting a fan, she’s planning a world tour or collaborating on a scent. When it comes to her expanding commonwealth, she “can never turn it off.”

In fact, when asked if she has a talisman, she just cocks her head. “What’s that?” she asks, listening intently as I explain that it’s just a lucky charm. “I would love a talisman! Hold on, taking a note right now. I love words!” Then, in a flash, she whips out her phone and types herself a reminder. “Be my talisman!” She starts humming. “We’re writing a song right now!”

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