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Katy Perry Talks Nashville Past, Florida Future

Posted Friday March 2, 2012 9:43 AM GMT

Transforming her look for her latest front page treatment, Katy Perry adorns the cover of the March 2012 issue of Interview magazine.

The "Part Of Me" singer shed her usually playful, girly self for the black and white seductive spread while also partaking in a Q&A session put forth by comedic actress Kristen Wiig.

Highlights from Miss Perry's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Interview!

On going to Nashville beginning at the young age of fifteen-years-old:
"I started going back and forth to Nashville when I was 15. My first record was a gospel record that I recorded there. I was being musically mentored by a lot of people who were obviously more talented and skilled than I was, and I thought that I would just kind of learn the ropes of songwriting there—like how to do acoustic, country-esque songs, which I like because there’s so much story in them. Even though I don’t turn the dial directly to country music, I understand why there’s such a big audience for it. The songs have an Act I, Act II, and Act III. So that’s how I started. There’s this little place that I would go to in Los Angeles called the Hotel Café that a lot of acoustic acts come out of. There’s a girl named Sara Bareilles who came out of there. I haven’t been there for a couple of years, but that’s where I started out playing . . . I actually started playing in Santa Barbara at the farmers market when I was 13. I’d take my guitar and would test songs out on people there."

On her experience hosting "Saturday Night Live":
“I thought it was really fun, and, of course, interesting and educational in terms of how the industry works…You know how they call SNL ‘the institution?’ It is like an institution—but in a good way. There’s nothing like it, so everyone kind of dreams about doing it. But then you actually get there and realize how much work it is and how little time you guys have to put the whole show together…I think we had three consecutive 20-hour days or something.

On how she's quite different from her fellow family members:
“I think they just see that the dynamic has changed because I’m in a different place. But it’s not like I disrespect them in any way. I mean, I take care of them. But that’s what I’ve always wanted: to have enough that I could make sure that everyone in my family had enough. I grew up not really having anything, so the idea that I can take care of my family and my friends now is a really cool bonus.”

On where she sees herself at the age of eighty:
“I feel like I could be in Florida on a kind of healthy trip where I’m just riding my bike and chillin’ at the beach, with an assisted-living condo bit and a meal delivery service—which is sort of how I’m living now. But I also kind of hope that I turn out to be like my grandma, who is 91 and so rad.”

Enjoy the sneak peek photo of Katy Perry on the March 2012 cover of Interview Magazine.

Photo Credit: Interview