In Ocean Drive magazine’s annual Men’s Issue, Lenny Kravitz opens up about filming Hunger Games by day and recording his 10th album by night. He also talks about his design company (he designed the set of The Queen Latifah Show), what has influenced his personal style and much more.
Here are the highlights:
On making his 10th album while filming The Hunger Games
There was this old-school ‘70s studio in Atlanta that I wanted to visit. The next thing I knew, I was booking myself in there, filming the movie by day and making music by night…
When I make my music, I write it, I produce it, I play the instruments – it’s my expression 100 percent. What I love about making films is that it’s completely not about me; it’s about a director’s vision, it’s about the character, and I’m there to serve. The music was a reaction of doing that all day. Something was brewing inside of me, so it had to come out. At night it would just be, Okay, now I am back to being me, and directing myself – and doing what it is that I do.
On his “life-altering” experience seeing the Jackson 5
Everything changed the next day. That’s when I realized what I wanted to do with my life. They wore these really funky outfits – they had the Afros, boots that came up to the knee paired with knickers, and colorful shirts and vests. It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen.
The day that Stevie Wonder entered his Miami home
“He came in, took off his shoes, and as I was walking him to sit down, he said, ‘ This space is so beautiful,’ recalls Kravitz, still in awe over the comment years later. “Imagine, its all based on feel and vibe.”
On his mother’s influence
She knew very early coming up that it was about who you are; it was about respect, integrity, love, and authenticity – and not all about this Hollywood glamour. My mother moved to Los Angeles when she got The Jeffersons and took the bus to work for the first season. The bus. She’s like, ‘I’m a New Yorker, there’s no subway, so I’m taking the bus.’
On his parents’ friends having a lasting impression on his personal style
I was around people like Miles Davis, who at the time had moved from his suit look to being really funky, wearing all these great leather, suede, and denim outfits, big glasses, and ethnic jewelry. A lot of my parents’ friends were poets, writers, actors, and directors, and this was the very early ‘70s in New York City, so people were very colorful. And their apartments were very expressive, and I was just drawn to that.
On his design company, Kravitz Design , not being a vanity side project
It wasn’t about, ‘Well I’m Lenny Kravitz, and I am going to use my star power to bully my way into some other field…’ It was about actually designing, creating, and learning.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters on Nov. 22nd.
Also on magazine racks….
Inside the latest issue of HEED, 31-year-old actor Columbus Short (who’s heading for divorce court) talked about his experience on Scandal and how it’s shaped him as an actor.
Within myself, I feel like I am a versatile actor. Scandal has started to broaden the awareness of my range of acting. So, I consider myself a character actor. And I’m starting to see that (evidenced) in the responses…that respect…Now it’s not all about, ‘Oh, he’s hot! He’s sexy! They’re talking about the work. And that’s always what I wanted it to be about. There are more opportunities for African American males opening up. For me, this is just the beginning. Scandal is the beginning of a new chapter…
The magazine hits stands on October 8th and also features actor/singer Tristan “Mack” Wilds (90210), Jay Ellis (The Game) and actress/singer KeKe Palmer (Crazy Sexy Cool).
Watch a preview here:
Model Chrissy Teigen stars alongside her husband John Legend in “All of Me” , a song he penned for her.
Photo Credit: Mathieu Bitton/HEED
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