Rufus Wainwright Gives You His Box

by Rosanna Greenstreet SOURCE The Guardian / YouTube

Rufus Wainwright, 37, was born in New York and raised in Montreal. He is the son of the folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle, and brother to Martha Wainwright. This month also sees the release of House Of Rufus, a 19-disc box set that spans his career.

A vocalist and songwriter, Wainwright's work spans rock, opera, theatre, dance and film. He has released six studio albums and two live LPs. He will become the first solo artist to take up residency at the Royal Opera House when he appears there from 18-23 July. 

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Being dressed up as a pink Easter bunny as a small child in order to distribute chocolate eggs to other somewhat volatile kids.

Aside from a property, what's the most expensive thing you've bought?
Jewellery for my mother, of course.

What makes you unhappy?
Americans falling for empty, stupid slogans that have no basis in reality.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My cheeks explode when I smile. That's why I have to look so nonplussed.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The classic Hollywood movie.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Scarlett Johansson.

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
The crown jewels of England with nothing else.

What is the worst thing anyone's said to you?
"You look ridiculous in that hat."

Is it better to give or to receive?
Let's be honest, receive.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Looking up to the Kardashians for guidance.

What do you owe your parents?
One hundred percent dedication to the craft of song.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Jorn Weisbrodt, my fiance.

Which living person do you most despise?
The Koch brothers, I say it's one person because they are one monster with two heads.

What is the worst job you've done?Cleaning a popcorn machine at a movie theatre.

What was the best kiss of your life?
When I was 18 I kissed a boy called Danny – I was instantly and for ever devastated.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Not getting proper dance lessons as a young person. I was a serious flamer.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
My mother's untimely death.

When did you last cry?
At that movie Bridesmaids.

How do you relax?
Gardening in a bathrobe.

How often do you have sex?
None of your business.

What is the closest you've come to death?
In my former life as party boy extraordinaire, heading towards the disco lights.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Universal healthcare in the US.

What keeps you awake at night?
I'm hyper light-sensitive and must sleep in the equivalent of a sealed tomb.

How would you like to be remembered?
At all.