“I DON’T NEED TO WORK; I TO WORK. BUT I LIKE TO BE SUCCESSFUL, AND IT CAN’T BE DONE HALF-ASSED IN THIS INDUSTRY.”
yet. I don’t tell him anything about my job, but he knows Mommy’s a singer and an actress. We have this book called Goodnight Los Angeles. It’s like, ‘Goodnight, movie stars and entertainers of Los Angeles!’ and it shows people working on a set and having their names in lights. Mike’s always telling Luca ‘This is where Mommy is!’ when I’m at work.”
You were one of the original Disney child stars, but now that you’re re-entering the business as an adult, are you tempted to step out with a sexy new image, as so many others have?
“It’s a scary thought because I’m not such a strategic person. When I started making my record, I didn’t have some grandiose plan about how it was all going to go down. I was more like, ‘I’m going to start writing and be who I am now and talk about some of the shit I’ve been through.’ It’s uncomfortable for me because people have always been like, ‘ Well, why haven’t you gone crazy?’”
How do you answer the question “Why haven’t you gone crazy?” How do you deal with going through some very difficult events, like your recent separation, in the midst of constant media attention?
“It’s impossible to answer.”
“I have a good therapist! [Laughs] I’ve dealt with [attention] for such a long time. But some of the bigger struggles that came my way in the past two years—like my separation or when my h Blazer (Stella McCartney), boots (Stuart Weitzman), necklace and ring (Cartier), earrings and pavé ring (Thomas Sabo) and bangles (Michael Hill). Stylist, Juliana Schiavinatto (P1M.ca); hair, Justin German (P1M. ca); makeup, Sabrina Rinaldi (P1M.ca/NARS); manicure, Melissa Forrest for Sally Hansen. Art direction, Brittany Eccles