I think the best EP that we did was IV, was 4. We were gonna do 3 EPs. 3 EPs and an album. And our manager rang me and he was like ‘we need to do another EP.’ And I said ‘we can’t, it doesn’t work like that. We can’t just do another one.’
And then we realised that why not? You’ve got a week, make a record in a week. We made all of those records in one week each- recorded and wrote them. And they were all done just in my bedroom, no one knew who I was. No one!
You know it’s actually so nice to think about that time. Nobody questioned me and nobody wanted me to fail. Nobody wanted us to do anything apart from just kind of exist. The small amount of people that we did. We were making really really honest records then. And IV has so far it’s alright, falling for you, that’s the best record, it’s probably my favourite record.
—  Matty Healy
Ariana on Marie Claire

On early ambitions: ”I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album. I was like, ‘Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.’ I wrote this song called ’Higher,’ and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, ’This is a great song, but damn, you’re too young for this.’”

On hiding behind her Nickelodeon character: ”People liked her and they accepted her and they thought that I was like her. So I used to pretend to be a little more like her than I actually was.” 

On her first single, ”Put Your Hearts Up,” tanking: "I was like, ’Guys, there has to be a really distinct difference between me and my character.’ And we did that with ’The Way.’ I dyed my hair back to brown. I made out with a rapper in the video. I made the point I wanted to make. And I was excited to do so after so many years of pretending to be somebody else in front of a lot of people." 

On growing up in a Italian family: ”My grandparents were always playing cards or cooking or cursing about something, and my dad would be singing terrible, terrible Frank Sinatra karaoke, and I would always wear Halloween makeup or masks or costumes around the house.”

On being vegan: ”Coming from a strict Italian family, they thought nutrients were red meat and pasta. It was like, ’We’ve got a big day tomorrow. Be sure to have the prosciutto before you go to bed.’ It’s a commitment that I’m 100 percent dedicated to because a) of my love for animals, and b) I’m obsessed with my health because my family has a terrible history with cancer.”

On her first car accident: ”I was driving to Big Sean’s house on those windy hills in L.A. It was my first time going up those hills so I was going like 12 miles per hour. This lady was whipping around the corner, and I came to a complete stop so she bumped me really hard — the whole front of my Range Rover was wrecked. She jumped out and was like, ‘Sweetie, it’s okay, it’s totally fine. What do you do?’ I was like, ’I’m a singer.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, I think I broke my leg.’ And I was like, ’I mean, I make jewelry.’” 

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11 Questions with the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire – Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson can be seen on stage at the Young Vic as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in A Streetcar Named Desire?
Vain, passionate, fantasist.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Going over lines in monologues, specifically.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
A Streetcar Named Desire.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Chocolate covered rice cakes.

What is your favourite word?
Fuck.

What are you most passionate about?
My kids and art in all its forms.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Love.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
1910 – to witness all the revolutions and still be young enough to be a cool cat in the 1960s.

Favourite city?
London.

What’s your favourite song?
Creep by Radiohead / The Rolling Stones You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

If you could have a supernatural power which would you choose?
Teleportation – to go backwards anywhere in time.

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