Q. When are you going to do a role that’s different from your sexy, liberated image?
A. (demurely) When someone offers it to me.
Q. How do you feel about the boycott of Colorado (a result of anti-gay legislation)?
A. (vigorously) I support the boycott myself.
Q. Do you feel sympathy for Princess Diana?
A. (playfully) Oh, yeah. My heart goes out to her.
Q. Do you have any advice for Di?
A. (forcefully): Oh, yeah: Get rid of him.
Q. How do you feel about the movie ratings?
A. (earnestly) I think there’s a lot of hypocrisy when it comes to the ratings. Children are allowed to watch people being blown up to bits but love is an evil, horrible thing.
Q. How will you react if there is not wide acceptance of this film?
A. (testily) You mean if everyone says it’s horrible, what will I do? I’ll slit my wrists.
Q. How do you want people to view you in this film?
A. (impatiently) As an actress. That’s it. I hope to be viewed as an actress.
Q. Is being a tycoon a kick?
A. (guilelessly) There’s no way I get as much excitement about the business side of it as I do about the creative.
Q. Which do you like better, the music or the movies?
A. (thoughtfully) That’s like saying which child do I like better. I can’t decide. And besides, they’re so different. Acting is so much about surrendering yourself to the director’s vision and the character. Music is all about gathering yourself and being more than what you are.
Q. You’re an icon. Could any man deal with that?
A. (coyly) Could you?
Q. How do you see a middle-aged Madonna?
A. (sarcastically) Me?? Middle-aged? Oh, boo-hoo.
In addition to the volley of quips — her preferred method of handling the wide-ranging queries tossed her way — Madonna stated and in several cases restated her philosophical position on a variety of subjects.
Her most interesting, substantive comments were about mating for life and motherhood, as well as middle age. Now 34, she allowed that she’s ready and eager to settle into a new phase of her personal life.
“I definitely see (myself) having a child,” she said. “I don’t think you have to be in a long-term relationship to have one, though. But that would be nice, too. So yes, I’m looking for the chicken before the egg — no pun intended.”
Does that, paired with the pronouncement that she’s going to keep her clothes on, mean there will be new, tamer Madonna for the ’90s?
Nah. Not a chance.
After the “boo-hoo” with which she initially greeted the subject of her own middle age, Madonna dropped
the smirk and told her future.
“I don’t think age has anything to do with wanting to challenge society or with questioning society’s motives,” she said. “I don’t think because you reach middle age you suddenly become acquiescent and give up.”
To be continued, no doubt.
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