‘I’m always nervous on the stage’
With a recent Golden Globe for Best Original Song for her apt performance of Burlesque’s You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me, which is currently sitting atop the Billboard Dance Charts, Cher, the ageless pop diva, is the only singer who has had a #1 Billboard hit in every 10 years, for six decades in a row!entertainment Updated: Feb 05, 2011 00:43 IST
With a recent Golden Globe for Best Original Song for her apt performance of Burlesque’s You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me, which is currently sitting atop the Billboard Dance Charts, Cher, the ageless pop diva, is the only singer who has had a #1 Billboard hit in every 10 years, for six decades in a row!
Why did you wait for 10 years?
There has been nothing else during these years that I really wanted to do, except for a project with Johnny Knoxville that we couldn’t get financed.
What convinced you to accept the role of Tess, the owner of the club Burlesque?
It was Clint Culpepper who convinced me, after David Geffen had asked me to consider it. He actually got down on one knee and said, “You have to do this film!”
How close is Tess’ character to you?
Tess is very close to me. She is an artist, she is strong, and she takes care of a lot of people. She has had great times before, but when we meet her, she is going through a hard time. And for me, it was also interesting to not be the star of a film.
How was it working with Christina Aguilera?
Good. I do well in partnerships.
What was it like to meet her?
When I met Christina on the set of Burlesque, it reminded me of when I met Meryl Streep on the set of Silkwood, because she would ask me the same kind of questions I would ask Meryl.
How was the experience of working with Stanley Tucci?
I have admired Stanley for a very long time, and it was just amazing to work with him.
How did it feel to work with a bunch of young people?
It’s fun to be around young people and watch them have so much fun. It’s a wonderful tonic.
What is the secret to your ageless beauty?
It must run in the family. My grandmother died at 96, and still looked pretty hot, and my mother is 84 and looks great; so, I’m just going to keep going and pray for the best. I run, do weights, dance salsa. And I try to eat well, but I don’t follow a specific diet.
With your experience, is performing easier to you now?
It’s never easy. I am always nervous when I step on the stage.
How would you describe yourself?
I am an artist, and I only want to do what I feel I can do a good job at. I guess I could retire now, but the truth is that I like working.
Did you ever imagine you would be so successful in cinema?
I never thought I would do movies, and I don’t do many; but when I choose to be in one it’s because I believe in the art.