Manning at PaleyFest 2014, representing Orange Is the New Black
November 6, 1978 |
Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.
|Occupation||Singer-songwriter, actress, fashion designer|
|Genres||Pop, alternative rock|
|Labels||Dreamworks, Little Vanilla|
|Associated acts||Boomkat, Mystic, Butch Walker, will.i.am|
As a brother and sister, our tastes were pretty different growing up. He liked a lot of early hip hop. My dad didn't understand it and would try to talk him out of it.
After reading Eminem's autobiography, which I did because I'm so interested in him as an artist, I respect him a lot. Even though he seems angry and mad, he's had to fight so many demons in his life.
I just had to find something else to fulfill me. Always being a singer and writing, it was a blessing. My brother started making music that was the kind of music I always saw myself singing.
When we saw our plane on TV as breaking news, it was the most surreal experience. A lot of the women were crying. There was a gentleman who was writing in his journal and crying. Seeing that isn't easy.
I play, in real life, Kim, who is actually Marshall Mathers ex-wife as of now. She lies and says she is pregnant because she really wants to keep him and he figures her out.
It's really hard for actors to cross over and get any respect as a singer, and if I could just keep it separate and not use my music in movies, it's cool.
That's why I'm an actress, to do something completely opposite from myself.
My dad was a musician and I traveled around with him, so it was something that I knew.
My singing is my hobby. It's me and my brother. We just enjoy writing music.
I just get focused on whatever is in front of me. When I was filming Crossroads, it had all my focus. Now I'm all focused on finishing my recording so I can get that out. It's just day by day.
We wanted to write a whole song about partying and then taking Yellow Cabs home. That's the weirdest topic we've ever thought of centering a song around.
If you are being weird or silly you can be excused because you are just playing a character.
It could be fun to sing with Prince or Michael Jackson. Justin Timberlake has an amazing new sound now.
I went through the process of auditioning like every other struggling actress in this town.
Lauren Hill, I always have her solo CD nearby. I have Coldplay, Radiohead, just a mix.
I would go visit my mom on Sundays, and my brother was working on stuff. I'd go in there and sing a little melody, then we started working with words and the next thing you know it was just born organically without really trying.
It's just different in the music world. You come more with an entourage.
Even though it seems like there are a lot of parts, there is really tons of downtime in the acting world.
There's definitely a whole different vibe on the set when there's like basically royalty working with us. We could have whatever we wanted. I felt like Britney Spears.
Through teaching myself how to be happy and get through things, I hope I can also do that for other people.
It was Britney's movie. I liked that movie. It didn't get too much love, but a lot of people really liked it.
There's really nothing else I'm going to do with my life. I'd be useless if I weren't singing or acting.