These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. That's why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?
But after weeks of trying to connect with the 49-year-old rocker, Love finally called from the Seattle stop of her 18-city tour. Love has never been one to hold anything back, which makes her the perfect candidate to take HuffPost Celebrity's #nofilter challenge.
You are on tour right now. Do you have a pre-show ritual?
We all put our hands together and have a little secret mantra we say as a band, but I like to be alone. Like I need my own dressing room. I don’t hang around with the band so much. I need to be alone for at least 15 minutes. I need my space, big time, and if anyone gets in it, God help them.
What would people be surprised to know you've never done?
What do you like to read every day?
Trashy chick lit. Oh, I’ve read all the trashy chick lit, now I’m on my second go-round. I’m talking about really trashy -- I call it "bitch lit." Things like “Sin Tropez,” like really bad ones [that deal with] gold diggers, heiresses, daddy’s girls, "Bergdorf Blondes." Stories where the protagonists are all sociopaths, and it’s like a Bret Easton Ellis novel with Christian Liaigre and Jimmy Choos. [And the text reads like] and she tosses her auburn hair backward and slicks on a lip gloss, he smiles -- but I have to admit I skip the sex parts because the sex parts don’t do anything for me. They are like book crack, they are terrible.
Do you have a favorite conspiracy theory?
Well, I tend to not like most of them because I’m sitting in Seattle right now, and I have to have a big bodyguard tonight ... but there are some things that don’t make sense. I don’t think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone [in assassinating JFK].
What shows are always on your DVR?
You mean my Apple TV? Again, really bad brain junk. Other than “Mad Men,” I would say “Revenge.” I love “Revenge” -- it’s hilarious. It kind of shows you that all you need to get revenge on people who wronged you is a billionaire great hacker. I’m still looking for that guy. And I can’t stop watching “Scandal,” which has jumped the shark so hard, but at the same time it’s impossible to stop watching it. It’s like "What the hell is this show?" And "West Wing." I love "West Wing."
Who is on your speed dial?
My shrink. My manager. My business manager. One of the guys I’m sleeping with; other one is more email-y. Three girlfriends and I think that’s it.
Do you have a favorite rumor you've heard about yourself?
Yeah, I tend to hear a similar one, it’s never been true, but it comes in all sorts of towns and places, which is that I slept with someone’s father -- and it could be anyone. It’s random, it’s like, "Oh she slept with my dad.” “She slept with my boyfriend and then she slept with my dad.” It’s a weird sex rumor. I always find that funny.
And there's the rumor that I started a fire. I had one fire in the Village once. It was like really tiny, it was a candle fire, but otherwise I’ve never, ever, ever, ever started a fire. And so I hear a lot that I started fires, I mean like in every town, which is estimable. I’ve lived in a lot of places.
And favorite rumor -- that I dated Brad Pitt for a sustained period of time. That would be one of my favorite rumors and it's not, sadly, true. We hung out, but we never dated.