The Canadian singer Alanis Morissette (34) landed on the CARAS Island, in Angra dos Reis [beautiful beach city, in the State of Rio de Janeiro],
with a big smile. Winner of 7 Grammys, and having sold more than 50 million records, she has reasons to show her happiness. After losing around 10 kilos
in three months on a vegetarian diet, the artist says she is happy for being secure and corageous to write her biography. On the book, which still hasnít
a release date set, Alanis speaks of dramatic times in her life, such as rape when an adolescent, anorexia and bulimia crises and her relation with drugs.
"Telling my history will help me end the feeling of shame. I have learned to accept who I am, as I am".
During a stride on the Island, in the midst of her biggest tour in Brazil, where she will visit 11 cities, Alanis was enchanted
by the nature of the coast of Rio and by Grupo Capoeira Brasil, taken by the Stella Torreao Company.
"I knew Capoeira, but I didnít know it was a fighting style created by the ancient slaves", she explained, enthusiastically. "I think this
country is one of the best places in the world to be if the world ended. I love the Brazilians' passion. They are present in everything, and aren't afraid
of being passionate", says Alanis, who hasn't been in a relationship since 2006, with the end of her engagement to actor Ryan Reynolds (32),
who exchanged her for actress Scarlett Johansson (24).
Why did you decide to write your biography and tell everything?
"It is not so different than writing a song. I am transparent on the book, but I have evaluated the consequences a lot. And still then I decided to
chare with the people the bad facts of my life. It is intended to encourage the others to not feeling ashamed just for being humans, vulnerable, for
having fear, for feeling anger or being fragile. If there is a message I can deliver, that's it, we shouldnít be ashamed to be alive."
Did you ever feel shame?
"Oh, sure" (laughs). "There are feelings that come and go, and shame is one of them. Usually, it comes back when I recall some of the relationships I had,
and how I was stupid. I'm also ashamed of having worried myself with aesthetics, of expecting too much of myself for vanity questions."
Did you need help from a therapist to expose yourself?
"I don't care a lot about his opinion on that, but of course we talk and I got to the conclusion that it is very good not to judge yourself. It is something
safe to do. I really think I came to the world to share my experience with others, with no judgement. And when I write about me, about what I'm feeling,
whether in songs or in the book, a lot becomes clearer."
Did you ever use drugs? "My addictions are to work and to eat. I smoked pot some times, but I'm far from being considered an addict."
Do you consider yourself an example to the life of other women?
"Sure. It's very comforting to know I can influence other women in a good way, be they mothers, sisters, teachers... Because, at the same time, I feel a
student, daughter, a woman like any other. I am a survivor."
You write melancholic songs, but you are always smiling. Are you sad or happy?
"It depends on the time. In this exact moment, I am very happy. It looks like everything is right. I live a great moment, physically, mentally, spiritually
and emotionally. And being physically well keeps me away from depression."
How did you lose weight in such short time?
"I just stopped eating crap and started worrying with really healthy food. Lots of green and fruit. Such as protein, soy and tofu. I needed to change to
How much do you weigh today?
"I never weigh myself. I don't get into this paranoia. Even because I need to have some muscles to stand the shows, and that adds to the weight. But I can't
say what is the ideal weight. All I know is that I feel well and the clothes close."
Do you like singing in Brazil?
"I love it. The crowd is doesn't hold back. I am blown away to see that, although they speak other language, the know every song of mine. The Brazilians
sometimes remember my own lyrics better than me (laughs). This proves that the music is a universal language. It is a great gift to see that they pay
attention to what I say, even in other language."
You acted on the movie Dogma, in 1999. Is it among your professional plans to make more movies?
"When I am not busy doing shows, I'd rather dedicate myself to movies. I have just filmed the sci-fi movie Radio Free Albemuth (due this year), but
I want more."
You hadn't come to Brazil in five years. How do you see yourself in five more years?
"I will have written my biography, and made at least one more movie. Will I marry, have a new family, live in community? I don't know. But, I'm sure, I'll
always make art. In whatever way."
How would you like to be remembered?
"As someone who was not ashamed to be a good human being. But, really, I don't have the need to be remembered at all."
Feb. 4th, 2009 Latin America Tour 2009: yesterday night Alanis and her band
performed in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alanis had also an interview
for Caras Magazine, did some photoshoots and had a lot of fun. Check
to read the interview (anyone willing to translate it?) and see the pics, and
this link to watch
the video. Que linda! :D
Feb. 3rd, 2009
Congratulations to Alanis! Today, the Juno Awards 2009 Nominations were announced and our fellow canadian-american has
been nominated for Songwriter Of The Year (along with Dallas Green, Gordie Sampson, Hedley and Nathan Ferraro)
and for Pop Album Of The Year (along with "No Sleep at All," Creature; "Wake Up and Say Goodbye," David Usher; "Passion," Kreesha Turner; "Holes," the Midway State) for
her "Flavors of Entanglement".
Vancouver is hosting the 2009 JUNO Awards from March 26th-29th.
Feb. 2nd, 2009
Yesterday Alanis was guest at the brazillian TV show
Domingao do Fausto, perfoming acoustically and having an interview.
If you missed this on TV, check out the following links: