Norah Jones Talks to Newsweek

by | March 26, 2008 at 8:34 AM | General

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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.