Norah Jones Talks to Newsweek


Remember that pretty little song you couldn’t get out of your head in 2002 that started with the words “Don’t Know Why”? It was sung by Norah Jones, a then 22 year old musician and daughter of famed Ravi Shankar. She’s 29 now and ready to launch into a film career with My Blueberry Nights (which sounds kind of like a song, doesn’t it?). Newsweek caught up to Norah to talk about, of course! Tea and pottery:

Jones makes her acting debut in Wong Kar-wai’s “My Blueberry Nights.” She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh.

Where did you study acting?
I learned on the set. It was sort of fly by the seat of your pants. I was really nervous the first few days. I just sort of watched Jude Law and Natalie Portman and copied them.

Do you think there’s a curse on singers—Madonna, Mariah Carey, Britney—who act?
I guess. But I also think of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Cher. I’m not trying to conquer Hollywood. I love my day job. I became a musician so I wouldn’t have to get up at 6 in the morning.

I don’t know anything about your personal life.
I haven’t had a lot of time off in the past. Right now, I’m decorating my apartment and taking a pottery class.

What kind of pottery?
Everything I make turns into a face. I usually end up putting a nose and some silly eyebrows and eyes on it. I’m making a sake set or a teapot set.

Is tea better for your voice?
I don’t know. Coffee gives me bad breath.

Why don’t you sell your own line of teapots?
No way, José! I don’t think anybody would buy it.

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