Leighton Meester Loves JustJared.com
The 21-year-old actress/aspiring singer talked about how she spent her Valentine’s Day, how she got the nickname “Happy Feet” and the kinds of tracks she’s laying down in the studio. Here’s how the interview went down:
How did you spend your Valentine’s Day? I was in Toronto and spent the day there. I got a couples massage with my castmate Nicole Fiscella. We went back to L.A., a friend of mine came over and we watched a movie together.
Since you’ve lived in NYC for 10 years already, where do you love to frequent for food and shopping? I live in the West Village, so I love all of the local restaurants–The Spotted Pig, Sant Ambroeus. As for shopping, I love the boutiques on the Lower East Side but I still love to spend my money at Barneys and Macy’s.
Are your friends from New York? Hollywood? Elementary school? I have one friend that I’ve had since I was 11. Other than that, my friends are from the past few years. I don’t really keep in touch with anybody from high school, oddly enough. But yeah, I keep in touch with just real people who are nice to me. (laughs)
What kind of music can we expect to hear from you since you’ve been recording in the studio? It’s electronic-y, some electric guitar, some keyboard. I have a huge range of songs. Some of them I just talk, I do a little–not rapping–but talking, sort of spoken word. It’s a little Fergie, a little like Gwen Stefani and M.I.A.
Will there be dancing involved in your music somehow? I don’t think I’m going to be dancing but I definitely could! My nickname used to be Happy Feet. If I’m standing there and music is playing on set, I’ll be doing this. (bops up and down) People used to be like, ‘Why are you Happy Feet? You need to stop that now.’
LEIGHTON’S INTERVIEW CONTINUES INSIDE…
Leighton Meester Loves JustJared.com — PART II
Have you had formal dance and vocal training? When I was little, I went to take dance classes for years. Ballet, jazz and during high school, modern dance. Now that I think about it, I’ve been singing and dancing my entire life.
Who would you like to collaborate with on your album? It’s hard to say, there are so many up and coming people. (pauses) I would want to work with a band. I’d love to meet my favorite artists, meet them, hang out with them and just jam. Not necessarily record.
Which artists do you love at the moment? I love Chris Cornell. It’s really weird. Not the type of music that I make but he has such a powerful and beautiful voice. I love Incubus. They have a really good mixture of electric sounds with true band and his (Brandon Boyd) voice… he’s hot.
Do you write your own music? I write the lyrics and I collaborate with my friend and producer. His name is Shahine Ezell. He’s also an actor and we met working on a movie called Remember the Daze (Remember the Ordinary). It’s coming out next month on the 11th.
Leighton was such a sweetie pie, took pictures with me, and asked me funny questions abut this blog, like, “Do your friends really call you Just Jared?”
After the interview, Ms. Meester took photos with celebrity stylist Andy LeCompte (pictured below) and a few others. Check out this video of Leighton talking about the Sunsilk event.