Post subject: Lena Katina's Interview in Women's Advice [April 2014]
|-Lena, you recently planned to unite with the second member of t.A.T.u., Julia Volkova, having even performed together at the Olympics in Sochi. But then your paths split once again…
Yes, we performed “Not Gonna Ge Us” and even planned to go on tour together, once again as t.A.T.u.. But, Julia, as I see it, did not behave nicely, unexpectedly telling me when we were already at the airport that only she will decide everything in our duet and I will just be…next to her. And if I did not agree to everything with her that she would simply get another red-headed girl to take my place…Obviously, I did not agree to such absurd terms. I have my own creative work, my own songs, I am a grown person who does not need to be pushed around. I have experience and my own opinion, so from now on I will continue to work on my solo project. t.A.T.u. will forever remain in the past…
-t.A.T.u. was practically the only Russian project that was known throughout the whole world. How is life after such popularity?
Life is wonderful! I am busy with solo work, recording new songs, touring! In autumn my single and video for “Lift Me Up” came out. I am getting ready to release my album in English and Spanish languages, I have been performed some solo concerts in Mexico, Brazil and am often in Russia on tour. Yes, the popularity of t.A.T.u. was stunning, no other Russian artists has yet to reach such success. Now, everything is different! It was hard to reconstruct and start everything from scratch, but I am very happy with my life! It is, undoubtedly, a creative development and a great experience. When you are 14 and suddenly you are hit with such popularity, it is very hard to really appreciate it. Right now I do not have such insane popularity in my life, but I value everything that happens to me much more!
-When fame collapses during such a young age, it is a huge test, and “fame-sickness” can occur very fast…
Yes, there have been moments when fame had intoxicated me and I overestimated my popularity. But I always had people around me, who, so to say, put my mind back into place, and I am very thankful for that! I am always surrounded by my family, I am used to listening to their opinions. If people recognize you and ask for an autograph it does not mean you should see yourself as above everyone else! I hold the opinion that every person should be treated with respect, whether it is a waiter, janitor, or a prime-minster…
-Was it hard to play the role of a girl with a non-traditional orientation?
Oh, we were so young and did not realize that we were participating in some sort of propaganda. I remember we stood in front of the microphone screaming, “Not gonna get us!” and our producer, Ivan Shapovalov, suddenly said that we are missing something. “You are going to kiss!”, it dawned on him. Julia walked up to me and our kiss on stage somehow happened on its own. It was just fun for us then and nothing more. And then every time we needed to kiss we began to laugh. Of course, we learn to “portray” love- we needed to start monitoring our image. But, we fell in love with only guys, of course.
-Lena, your parents and grandmother are creative people. How did they view your shocking fame?
My parents have always been and are happy with me. I am very attached to my family because it is the most wonderful one! And they viewed my image in t.A.T.u. normally, they knew it was just a role. I have been on stage since childhood since being in Neposedi, so I have always received support from those close to me! My parents have a wonderful summer home and I love to go there. We thought up the project ourselves, we spent three whole years building our house…We hung up my grandmother’s, artwork, my father’s mother- Asia Nikitichna Katina, a professional artist. And it is so quiet there, so great to sleep! During the summer we make shish-kebabs, call our friends over, and during the winter we sit around the fire. We can sing or dance there- we are a musical family, after all. We have a piano there and a guitar, so we play music together. My mom is great at playing the piano…my parents home is for me- this is a place where I can take a breath from all the hustle. I fly in from L.A., where I live, and rush to our summer home. There, I sit in a rocking chair, which my best friend gave to me as a gift, light the fireplace and look at my wonderful collection of angel figurines, which I have been collecting for a while now. When I have children, I will definitely bring them there. I am certain that they will love our home as much as I do…
-You recently got married to a Slovenian musician, Sasha Kuzmanovich. You met a long time ago during t.A.T.u. and then there was a wedding after all these years!
Yes, we have known each other many years, we met back in 2003 on MTV in L.A. Then we communicated, but rarely. And then we met again during the period of my solo career, and actually, randomly, at a bar. He is friends with my musicians and one Friday we all went out together. Everything happened so fast that I moved in with him after a month and after three years we were married! Sasha is a wonderful singer, a talented composer, and a loving, thoughtful husband! We are whole together and are very happy together! He is learning Russian because of me and now we can communicate not only in English.
-Your husband is older than you, does the age difference have an influence?
Sasha is 9 years older than I and, of course, this is only a plus for me! Before him I dated people the same age as me and I can honestly say that it is like heaven and earth! It is a completely different relationship! So, for me he is everything, he is the best! I think that Sasha is very handsome man.
-You received a degree in psychology. Does this knowledge help in communicating with your husband, at work?
I cannot say that I attended all the lectures- it was a high level of work. But I tried to keep up as best I could. I really wanted to receive a second profession. Yes, the knowledge remains in my head, but without experience there is less and less of it left…I can say that I intuitively feel the way I should behave and what I should say…I think that wisdom comes with reading books and life experience.