On Tuesday, I showed you guys Katy Perry’s revealed cover for her Interview magazine spread and chat with funny woman Kristen Wiig. Now, the full spread shot by Mikael Jansson and styled by Karl Templer is on display along with the super-candid interview with Wiig. Literally, it’s a transcript of their phone call. Once in the informal banter back and forth is complete, Kristen does ask Katy about her career. The first question posed to Perry is what the relationship has been like with her family and friends since becoming famous. Here’s what Katy had to say:
It’s a very strange closeness . . . My whole thing is to agree to disagree and to have respect because nothing can really be changed and you wouldn’t want to ruin their happiness—even if that happiness is ignorance. But as far as the dynamic between us? It has absolutely changed. It’s bound to change with anyone, really . . . Well, not with anyone, because for some people it doesn’t ever change. But eventually our parents get to a certain age where they let go of the reins and they see that you’re responsible, that you’re okay, and maybe they’re finally relieved in some ways. Then they get older, so you take care of them. That’s kind of what I think the responsibility is—even if you’re not successful. But, you know, for me, with my whole thing. . . I think they just see that the dynamic has changed because I’m in a different place. But it’s not like I disrespect them in any way. I mean, I take care of them. But that’s what I’ve always wanted: to have enough that I could make sure that everyone in my family had enough. I grew up not really having anything, so the idea that I can take care of my family and my friends now is a really cool bonus.
Kristen also asks Katy about her humble beginnings, musical influences and more. Check out the photos and more of the interview below.
I started going back and forth to Nashville when I was 15. My first record was a gospel record that I recorded there. I was being musically mentored by a lot of people who were obviously more talented and skilled than I was, and I thought that I would just kind of learn the ropes of songwriting there—like how to do acoustic, country-esque songs, which I like because there’s so much story in them. Even though I don’t turn the dial directly to country music, I understand why there’s such a big audience for it. The songs have an Act I, Act II, and Act III. So that’s how I started. There’s this little place that I would go to in Los Angeles called the Hotel Café that a lot of acoustic acts come out of. There’s a girl named Sara Bareilles who came out of there. I haven’t been there for a couple of years, but that’s where I started out playing . . . I actually started playing in Santa Barbara at the farmers market when I was 13. I’d take my guitar and would test songs out on people there.
I wasn’t allowed to listen to a lot of music growing up. It wasn’t until I started to make my gospel record when I was around 14 or 15 that I started to be exposed to more outside influences. Before that, I was actually really into Christian music. I knew all about the Christian music scene, which was a very small kind of sect. But I knew all about that world. Then my mom would let me listen to, like, Billie Holiday and Etta James and really classic stuff like that. My mom speaks fluent French, so she was also really into Édith Piaf, which she turned me on to—although, I guess she didn’t really look into the lyrics. [laughs] But as I started to hear different kinds of music, my world got bigger. I got a record by Queen, which was so influential for me. I got all the Beatles’ records, like the “white” album , which was really important to me along with Pet Sounds  by the Beach Boys. Those two records were the only things I listened to for probably two years straight. Then I discovered Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jonatha Brooke—a little bit of the Lilith Fair–esque stuff. And then I got into more electronic music. But I’m just open to everything these days.
For Wiig’s full interview with Katy, CLICK HERE!