If, somewhere along life’s journey, you wake up and find yourself interviewing Lana Del Rey, it’s important to be prepared. The 27-year-old singer is notoriously eccentric and polarizing, particularly after her infamous "SNL" performance, which is not so much bad as dull.
Her fans have made peace with questions of authenticity and savor her soulful voice and old-school glamour. Whichever camp you pitch your tent in, here are five rules that should ensure your survival with Miss Del Rey:
5. Remember the stakes. Her fans, much like “The Beygency,” are protective against anyone who fails to show her proper respect. Custom dictates that those approaching The Lana should recite the chorus of “National Anthem” in the second person while pouring a glass of straight bourbon onto a shag carpet. For reference, watch Lana react badly to being forced to tell a story about Paul McCartney and a toy piano at the 4:15 mark.
4. Get her talking about movies OR the 1950s OR movies from the 1950s. Also, you will notice that she says “record” instead of “album,” despite being born in 1986. Don’t call her out on that.
Here, she says no more than five words in a row for nearly three minutes, until she gets going on scoring films.
3. Contradict her. Interviewers commonly use flattery to get their subjects talking, but this tactic just does not work with Miss Del Rey. Interviewers who present opinions opposed to hers generally get the most interesting and sincere reactions from her.
2. Take her persona at face value. It’s just simpler that way. Watch Lana just being Lana:
1. Be British. For whatever reason, The Lana seems to get along best with Brit interviewers. Maybe her obsession with Americana is easier to sell to our cousins across the pond, where the Coca-Cola sipping, Whitman referencing daughter of Elvis and Marilyn seems more exotic. Considering how things played out in the previous clips, this rule seems to be the no. 1 rule for all your Lana interviewing needs.