Camille Dodero of SPIN.com recently conducted an interview with EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
SPIN.com: One of your biggest hits is “Call Me When You’re Sober”. Do you drink?
Amy: I wouldn’t say I’m a drunk or anything. When I was young and we were first out there, there was more of that. I think I badly needed the ?release because everything was crazy. But I’ve calmed down a lot.
SPIN.com: You have such a serious public persona. Does that create any misconceptions about you?
Amy: I don’t think it’s a misconception because the music is serious. When I’m posing for a photo shoot, I’m not going to be sticking my tongue out with my eyes crossed. My looks fit the music. Me in real life is a much broader spectrum. I’m the goofball. I’m the person cracking people up.
SPIN.com: But isn’t EVANESCENCE also a part of “real life?”
Amy: It’s hard to describe. It’s like a play of my own life. It all came from a very personal and honest place inside me. But at the same time, it’s just a picture of extremes. So in quote-unquote real life, I ?don’t have to do that. If I just wear some flip-flops and a shirt and ?wanna go see “The Hangover” with friends, that’s totally normal and ?fun. But I wouldn’t do that in an EVANESCENCE video.
SPIN.com: Can you remember the last time you had a conversation with [former EVANESCENCE guitarist] Ben Moody?
Amy: Oh, we don’t talk. We don’t have a relationship. I don’t remember the last time.
SPIN.com: He posted a halfhearted apology online in 2010. I was wondering if that made you think about giving him a call.
Amy: [Sighs] I don’t want to say why, but no, I didn’t respond. I think we’re probably both better off not being in each other’s lives.
Read the entire interview at SPIN.com.