What is Lourdes’s favorite book?
Anything with a princess in it.
Does she have a favorite food?
Am thing with sugar in it.
Does she have a favorite article of clothing yet?
She loves wearing long princess dresses wherever she goes. At the playground, or the beach. She has to have long dresses — anything that resembles a ball gown.
What do you do to make your daughter laugh?
I make up songs. They’re completely nonsensical — strung together, full of people she knows and characters in books. She sits on the floor like it’s a show, and she thinks it’s the funniest thing she ever saw — laughs hysterically. But kids laugh at the silliest things. At one of Lola’s birthday parties, we had an entertainer — a woman strumming a guitar and making squeaky noises, and telling ridiculous stories. The children were laughing hysterically. And I was laughing at the children laughing, because I thought it was so funny that they thought it was so funny….And I’m babbling about nothing! Stop me! This is what happens once you have a child.
Let’s talk about whether Lourdes is like you when you were young.
I don’t know. If my mother were around to tell me, perhaps I would; usually you have your parents around to say, “That’s exactly what you did when you were little.” So I’m not sure. But people around me tell me, “She’s so you!” I can’t see it. I mean, to me, she’s my little girl. But she’s very willful, and I know I am too. So I can see that.
Does Lourdes realize you’re a celebrity? She said yesterday at the video shoot that you get very tiny when you’re on that video screen!
I don’t know if she’s getting it yet. Bur most of my friends are in the business. So you know, if she goes through a magazine, there’s that person who was just over at the house, and there’s that person; so far, everyone’s in a magazine.
Bette Midler will not allow her daughter, Sophie, to see videos of her early shows, with the bawdy jokes and profanity — she’s very self – conscious about all that. Do you want to control what Lourdes sees or will see?
The few times when she does watch TV, I’m editing or working on a video and I want to see different cuts — I do put my videos on then. And so she sees most of them. But they’re all benign — usually it’s me dancing like a maniac or something. I’ve never said, “Oh, she can’t watch this,” or, “She’s got to leave the room.”
Is there anything you’ve done in the past that you wouldn’t be happy for her to see?
There’s probably a couple of movies I’ve made, including Body of Evidence, [an R-rated thriller] and then my book, Sex, that I wouldn’t want her to see until she was older, because she wouldn’t understand. You know, when I can explain to her what my intentions were, then I would let her. I’d wait till she was older, not because I’m embarrassed or ashamed but because I didn’t mean for any of those things to be for children — anybody’s children.
How does being a mother affect the way you deal with the public?
I don’t get freaked out when people come up and seem to be genuinely happy for me or inspired by me. But if I say to somebody with a camera, “Please don’t bother my daughter” or whatever, and they just get in my face and snap away, right then and there, I have violent thoughts, which I completely subvert. Those are the moments where you go: “Don’t you think of me as being human? I have a child. So at least get the idea of a mother and child into your head.” I know they can fathom it, because I know all these people have mothers. But still, it doesn’t register.
Would you like to have another child someday?
I would. I’d love to have that experience again. I don’t want to have just one child — I would like my daughter to have a brother or a sister.