I feel more comfortable being honest because I don’t have to “remember” my answers. You never forget the truth! I just have to learn how much truth to give, that’s my boundary. That’s my new thing.
I had so much fun developing and launching my first fragrance with Avon, so for my second fragrance, I really wanted to add a little more edge. Outspoken Intense is a provocative blend of sexy confidence and daring femininity that captures the thrill and excitement of being centre stage.
I was in a group called Wild Orchid and it just wasn’t working. I wasn’t being myself. What I should have done was say. ‘Girls, it’s really time for me to go on my own. I need to fulfill this dream of mine to have a solo album.’ And I didn’t know how to do that. I wanted to please them.
I’ve been working straight since 2003, so I might just want to take an improv or theater class. That excites me. I can’t wait to do different characters – not necessarily the leading chick who gets the guy, but the weird, freaky cousin.
I’m not claiming to be sober. I think that that would be misleading. I drink alcohol. My father has a vineyard, and the wine is really delicious, by the way.
Luckily I don’t have to buy shoes anymore, because I design them!
I love diamond facials – they leave me glowing and refreshed.
With all the negativity in the world, I want to do something positive.
I finally found the product that helps mend my damaged hair and prevent breakage. Avon’s Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment makes it look and feel healthier.
I’ve learned to suck in my stomach when photographers are around. I used to read gossip magazines all the time, but I stopped when I started being written about in them and read incredible lies about myself.
I’m very lucky about my family, because they’re just a really solid family. I owe everything to them.
Grades were important in our house. I was reading by two. My mom would sit there and read with me, read with me, read with me. It was wonderful.
I know this sounds generic, but I’m so happy to be home with my husband, my family, and my dog.
For me, it’s not about price. It’s about necessity, quality, and usefulness. Like, I have my Wet N Wild 666 lip liner. It’s 99 cents and always has been. I started using it when I was in high school, and it’s great.
A little party never killed nobody.
Right now I’m reading every fashion magazine I can find. As a shoe designer, I feel it’s my responsibility to learn as much as I can about the business, past and present.
It’s cool to express myself, but I’ve had to learn that doing interviews isn’t completely therapy – spilling everything about yourself isn’t healthy all the time. But I’ve been through things that have made me a stronger person, and if I can help some people, I will.
You can’t help someone unless she wants to help herself. You can give her a nudge, but if she doesn’t want to help herself, no one is going to be able to force her to do anything. I like that “attraction rather than promotion” approach.
In L.A., I get a meal delivery service called Diet Designs. I like a nice butter lettuce salad with some avocado, fresh grapefruit, shredded chicken breast and raw almond slices with a sesame vinaigrette dressing. I also love juicing and am kind of obsessed with it.
Once I have children, the kids come first. One thing at a time for me.
I’m trying to get a thicker skin. I like to be aware of people’s perceptions of me, but when you put it as a priority, as a means to judging your worth, that’s when it can be dangerous.
I needed to take a break from performing, and from the Peas, to be happy. I craved female time, and time with my husband to feed my soul. My life now is about being balanced. I’m passionate about work and working out, seeing friends and family, and letting my hair down once in a while.
I’m going through an evolution. I’m completely cleaning out my closet. I’m purging, because I saw that show ‘Hoarders.’ I had a sweatshirt from sixth grade, and I’m going, ‘Why do I hold on to this?’
I call my therapist every other day. It’s not a one-stop shop. You have to push away all that negativity in your head. Face it, name it, let it go.
Wearing nice lingerie makes me feel really glamorous. I love to splurge on that.
The electro scene is all over the clubs now: groups like Duck Sauce, Empire of the Sun, even MGMT. But I get inspiration from everywhere. I’ll go to the gym and put on old albums – Guns N’ Roses or old Jay-Z.
You know, I’m a curvy woman and I just want to be comfortable with that.
The right pair of shoes can change the feel of an outfit, and even change how a woman feels about herself
I love Nelly. He’s such a great performer. He’s so hyper and so am I.
Having confidence is so important, because how you see yourself, is how others will see you too.
I try to work out with my personal trainer for an hour, four times a week – we mainly concentrate on weights and running. If I’m on the road I sometimes do DVD work-outs in my hotel room – P90X and Insanity are a couple of my favourites.
When you give people so much, you don’t have anything left for yourself.
I wasn’t trying to be a role model with ‘The Dutchess,’ but suddenly, seeing little girls in the audience with their moms made me think about what I do onstage a little bit more. I had to watch my mouth, because it can be filthy. It changed things for me.
Luckily I don’t have to buy shoes anymore, because I design them! I’m off tour, so I can dive in and create the shoes that I want for my line. But okay, I did buy a pair of vintage combat boots because they were so beaten up – I had to have them.
It was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with.
I don’t want to have a song like ‘My Humps’ and it be sagging down, so I pay attention to that area. A lot.
For me, I’m not a jealous person. That’s just not my thing. You have to have trust in your relationship.
I’m glad that our music motivates people to exercise. If I had to pick just one song to run to, it would be ‘Violet’ by Hole. It makes me want to run.
There are so many different people that I’ve emulated vocally. In the rock world – Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil, Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant. They all had amazing vocal talent.
I’m very ambitious, but I also love myself – which means I try to take care of myself.
I’ve learned to be more accepting of myself. I’m 37, not 18, and I’ve got the lines to prove it. I try to remind myself that a girl can have it all, just not all at once.
I was a child actor. I was this spaz kid diagnosed with ADHD, and I worked all the time.
As far as female vocalists, I love Heart, Joan Jett, Courtney Love, Laura Branigan, Linda Ronstadt, Barbra Streisand – or going back to when I was a child, Aileen Quinn, the original Annie.
You’d be surprised how addicting high self-esteem is.
Part of my affinity with urban music comes from being on ‘Kids Incorporated,’ ‘cos we used to sit around and listen to Chaka Khan and Prince, and I got influenced by all that. Then gangsta rap got started, and I was infatuated with that – maybe that’s why I’m fascinated by guns.