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If you listen to pop radio at all, then you know singer Katy Perry is already everywhere with hits like "Firework," "E.T.," "Last Friday Night," and the list goes on and on. Soon, however, she'll also be coming to a movie theater near you, starring in a new documentary/3D concert film about her latest tour that Katy swears will give us a different perspective about her. "One of my main reasons for doing this is that people think of me as though I'm Dorothy in the ruby slippers," she tells Teen Vogue, referring to "The Wizard of Oz." "I want them to see everything else that's involved. Yes, I am her, but at the end of it all, I'm also the guy behind the curtain."
The 27-year-old explains that the project was only somewhat inspired by other musicians who've given fans a peek at their life backstage, such as Madonna in "Truth or Dare" or Justin Bieber in "Never Say Never." "I wanted to document the tour, because when we started to book these really big venues, I felt like I was going all in. And I figured that by the end of it I'd be bankrupt or else I'd look like the smartest music businesswoman of my age, and I thought either outcome would be interesting," the recently divorced Perry reveals. "More than that, though, I wanted to show people this parade that surrounds me ... I wanted them to see the engine. I think sometimes they look at me and wonder, How is it possible that she continues to have this kind of success? Why are the stars so aligned for her? But, while that is a factor, it's not the whole story. I also work my tail off! And, of course, I wanted people to be able to experience the tour and all the joy it brought, which is why we shot it in 3D."
Eventually, Katy says, she plans to add other non-music films to her resume. In fact, it would have happened already, but the timing just wasn't right. "There was a time when I was going to be involved in 'The Help' — just a small part, I wasn't going to be Emma Stone or anything — but I couldn't because the shooting schedule conflicted with the release of my record. And I was upset about that; I knew it was going to be an important film. Not that I need to do drama first, but I do want to do something that makes a strong impression. You don't really get off the hook being a musician first ... I feel like the stakes are really high." The Santa Barbara, California-native has already appeared on a couple of sitcoms, "How I Met Your Mother" and "Raising Hope," and provided the voice of Smurfette in the animated movie "The Smurfs" last summer. When she acts again, it'll likely be in the realm of comedy. "I love making people laugh, even if it means I'll never get another date again. My heroes in film are women like Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler," she confesses. "They're gorgeous, but they're confident enough to be able to laugh at themselves."
The only drawback to Katy crossing over into acting is that she'll be, well, thrusting herself further into the public spotlight. As the singer/songwriter readily admits, fame is the part of her job she dislikes the most. "I'm tired of being famous already!" she declares. "But I'm not tired of creating. Fame is, I think, just a disgusting by-product of what I do. It's quite a delicate creature — it's a wild animal of sorts. It can love you, and then it can attack you. I still want to be as approachable and relatable as possible — when I meet fans and they're crying, I'll say, 'Calm down, there's nothing to cry about. I'm not going to bite you or attack you or grant you three wishes. Let's just hang out and have a good time.' But really, I stopped focusing on what other people think a while ago. If you try to be everything to everyone, you'll only end up completely confused."
Read more about Katy in the May issue of Teen Vogue.
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