“The refreshing thing about Ruby Rose is that she likes a chat,” says Bakker of her interview with our Woman of the Year (p156). “I know that sounds weird, but sometimes it’s hard to draw anything out of an interviewee. She’s engaged, interesting, and interested – and super cool.”
SOUNDS LIKE IT WENT WELL. ANY THAT HAVEN’T?
I interviewed Christina Aguilera at a fancy hotel in Beverly Hills, only she decided to go out for lunch first, and turned up three-and-a-half hours late. Mariah Carey was worse – I waited five hours for her. She finally did the interview at midnight, and kept telling me how hardworking she was for doing it so late. I wanted to say, “We were supposed to do it at 7pm!”
NO SUCH DIVA ANTICS FROM MS ROSE, WE HOPE. ANYTHING SURPRISE YOU ABOUT HER?
She’s very self-deprecating. And open about the challenges she’s had to overcome – she has no problem in laying herself bare, which is incredibly brave to do in such a public forum.
WHAT’S THE BEST WRITING ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Don’t compare yourself to other writers. People will always be better than you, and not as good as you. Follow your own path, cultivate your own voice and be prepared to work hard. It’s not an easy road. You have to love it.