W magazine today released a video featuring Katy Perry interviewed by a 7-year-old girl named Poppy. With her new album, “Witness,” just around the corner, the pop star talks about everything from when she first started loving music and her favorite songs to roller skating and hula hooping. The video was directed by W’s Lynn Hirschberg and produced by Conde Nast Entertainment.
Katy Perry’s Most Delightful Interview for Witness is With This Adorable 7-Year-Old New Yorker
A couple of weeks before the release of her fifth album Witness, Katy Perry sat down with perhaps the only journalist who’ll ever ask about her hula-hooping skills and favorite snacks. Her name is Poppy Browne, and she is a 7-year-old second grader at Village Community School in New York City. Other writers may have salacious questions about Perry’s most recent break-up or all the bad blood with Taylor Swift or whatever it is that tabloids are interested in these days, but Poppy, the daughter of W‘s features director Alix Browne just wants to know what Perry’s favorite song was when she was 7, just like her—Poppy’s favorite is “Firework,” by the way—and how the singer picks her outfits when she’s feeling blue. Also, can she roller skate? Take it away, Poppy!
How do you get your inspiration for songs?
That’s a great question. I get my inspiration for songs from watching everybody else. So like, for instance, you know when you’re at school, and you go on the playground for recess, and all of your friends are doing all kinds of different things. One person is playing soccer, one person is playing tag, there’s a group of girls in the corner. Sometimes, I just sit back and I just watch all that go on, and make stories up about what’s happening in those different groups, or about those different people. I’ll make stories about people that I love, or I’ll make stories about people that’ve hurt my feelings, or I’ll make stories that are just for me. For instance, “Roar,” is because sometimes I get upset, right? And sometimes you need to like, cheer yourself up. How do you cheer yourself up?
I sort of just like hang out with my two little puppies?
Exactly! So I have a puppy that I love; her name is Nugget. And it’s just me and Nugget, and sometimes the way I cheer myself up is telling myself that it’s going to be Ok, I’m gonna get through whatever is going on, it’s all gonna be fine, right? And I sing a song about that.
Yeah! I like the video too. Ok, third question. Why did you choose your puppy?
Well, I just, I love her so much, and she’s super tiny, and when I got her she was like the size of my hand, and for me, I like to have a puppy that I can just hold onto, you know, because I don’t have any kids yet, and I don’t have a boyfriend at the moment, and that’s all good and fine and that’ll all come in time, but for now, a really, really good companion is a little dog. Some people like really big dogs, but for me, I like little dogs so I can hold them like a baby, and then we can just cuddle all the time because I’m all about the cuddle.
Do you ever have time to just hang out in your house and be yourself?
Oh, my gosh. All the time. Sometimes it’s crazier times than others. Like for instance, right now, before I’m supposed to put out my next record, I’m preparing to release all these songs that I’ve been working on for years now. So it’s very exciting, very busy. But I love staying at home. I love watching documentaries. I love—by the way—my sister—she lives right next door to me and she has two little girls. One’s 3 and one’s like 8 months but I basically go over there and just hang out and we eat food. I guess I can say this now, for the first time, I’m always myself. I’m never not myself. Just because I can wear all these crazy costumes and I’ve got all this makeup and blah blah blah, I’m still me.
What was your favorite song when you were 7?
Oh, that’s a great question! My favorite song when I was seven was probably something from church like “Oh Happy Day!” [sings] Do you know that one? It’s different. It’s ok.
Well, I have a few favorite songs, but one of them is by you.
No way. Will you sing it? I’ll join you if you want me to. But you sing it first.
[Both sing “Firework”]
Read an essay by Alix Browne, W’s features director: https://www.wmagazine.com/story/katy-perry-kid-interview-manchester-attack