Lana Del Rey on her future: ‘I want to become a sort of Angelina Jolie’

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey covers the February issue of Madame Figaro magazine, and she’s been styled as a snake skin- and fur-wearing child of the 1960s. The look here is rather severe with Lana’s new dark hair hanging limply around her face, which is filled and photoshopped into oblivion. Lana has had a pretty big past year though — she’s appeared in an H&M campaign/homage to David Lynch, been named GQ UK’s woman of the year, appeared on the cover of Vogue UK, and possibly hooked up with her childhood crush, Axl Rose — so her fans will probably eat this photoshoot up anyway. In the interview, Lana and her growing ego talk a bit about how she’d love to be like Angelina Jolie, which leads to an obvious remark about how her lips are already halfway there. She also touches a bit more upon her history with alcohol rehab while she was a teenager. Here are some excerpts:

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

She’s not just a fabricated face: “Music was my passion, but my work with this foundation is more important. I myself had the chance to be [helped by an establishment]. Helping others now feels like it’s my turn to give something back. I want to become a sort of Angelina Jolie. Like her, I think fame is nothing in itself, but it can be put to good use – by using it to generate money for charity for example.”

She’s always been weird: “As a child, I felt different. I always wanted to make my life a work of art.”

On her early issues with alcohol: “When you no longer drink, it is more difficult to celebrate. In fact, when I quit drinking, I lost my life. It took my all to reinvent myself. Find the roots. It was very difficult. At the same time, I had never felt rooted in whatever I’ve done or wherever I’ve been since.”

[From Le Figaro]

The excerpts released thus far from the interview don’t really clarify what Lana means by “this foundation,” but I’d wager a guess that Lizzy Grant is merely trying to reinvent herself once again. I’m not sure whether she’s also alluding to designs of being an actress (or merely a prospective humanitarian), but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Lana wanted to use the latter as a means to achieve the former. Hell, she could slap on some Marchesa, and Harvey Weinstein would instantly be in the mix. Maybe he’d even produce one of her as-yet-unwritten screenplays for a very special price. One never knows.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Photos courtesy of Madame Figaro

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  1. alons -y alonso says:

    Ugh….My eyes just rolled so far back I saw brain matter.

    • RocketMerry says:

      But why, dear alons-y alonso?
      After all, “When in doubt, name check La Jolie” is the very first line of the well known How-to-be-a-controversial-interview chapter in the uber-famous encyclopedia Guide-to-starlettedoom.

      • alons -y alonso says:

        You’re right RocketMerry! :D
        Rumor has it if you namecheck La Jolie one too many times in the mirror she comes and kills you….Wait….

      • RocketMerry says:

        Wow… spooky!
        I heard something similar happens with typing her Name on phone keyboards, only she comes and sucks away your soul, turning you into a zombie-like creature. I know a guy who almost typed it all, but got too freaked out: lights flashing and a sudden cool breeze in the house, you know :D

    • Jane says:

      When you look at her you can almost see MADE IN CHINA label . There is nothing real about her and “her” music. She was manufactured from head to toe.

      • Lexi says:

        +1000. That’s what I came here to say! That gal is a complete fraud ~ name, face, “music”, life history ~ blech!

      • Cam S says:

        Man, I thought we were done with trying to make this chick “happen”? Enough already, she’s a dud

    • Pop! says:

      Is your name a reference to the tenth Doctor? If so, I think I’m obligated to marry you now.

  2. Amelia says:

    *heavy vocal fry*
    Like … GOD, you guys. Lay OFF of her, y’know. Like – she WANTS to do something. I know, she hasn’t, like, actually done anything of value yet, but … she WANTS to.

    Pfft. This bitch is as real as the Loch Ness monster.

  3. Cherry says:

    Actually, that thing about her wanting to be like Jolie doesn’t bother me that much. I’m sure it’s all talk, but I can’t condemn her for saying that she wants to use her fame to help others. If so, good for her.

  4. Riana says:

    “Like her, I think fame is nothing in itself, but it can be put to good use”

    Taps finger to chin.

    I think your pillowed lips are telling lies my dear.

  5. Stuart Horseley says:

    Oh look! It’s Lana and her real lips! LOL :D

  6. poppy says:

    lady elvis.

    the quaalude, no talent years.

  7. truthSF says:

    I love how Kaiser started her quotes with: “shes not JUST a fabricated face”. That just says it all.

  8. Redheadwriter says:

    And who is she?

  9. keats says:

    In the…um..tweed suit photo, don’t her hips look impossibly narrow? Photoshop mishap?

  10. hayley says:

    I don’t know why everyone brings up Lizzy Grant being her real name and all that…… does nobody remember how Katy Perry started out as Katherine Hudson? it’s a stage name. it happens.

    • TQB says:

      It’s just further evidence of her manufactured-ness. It’s not just a stage name, it’s a whole revised image/character. Like Marilyn Monroe or Lady Gaga. Sure, it happens, but this one is running about acting like she is some kind of authentic artist.

      • gg says:

        And it’s not like she picked a cutesy nickname, she’s picked a very flavorful Latina name that inspires images like a 30s movie star born in Central America with a lot of flash and flavor, and instead, you get this bland plastic hollow thing with, I’m sorry but I’ve heard her “songs” and I’ve heard her “sing”, and she sucks. She clearly is where she is only because of who she knows and nothing more, that I can see so far. I keep waiting for her to show us something, and it’s like staring at an empty shoebox waiting for some Manolos to show up.

      • Justyna says:

        I agree with TQB. Katy Perry changed her name only because there is another Kate Hudson around. Lizzie Grant and Lana Del Rey are 2 different people. Lizzie was ordinary but pretty looking singer-songwriter who was trying but couldn’t make it in the music business. Lana Del Rey is an artificial show-business product bought and promoted with money from the multimillionaire daddy Grant. Nothing about her is real – her face, her image, her story, her songs. Every word she says is a carefully manufactured lie but she claims she is all authentic. Lizzy Grant was writing her own songs and she wasn’t successful. Lana Del Rey has the entire team of people doing that for her in order to make money (but she claims it’s all her) etc.,etc.

  11. RN says:

    Whenever I see a picture of her, it always appears as if it’s hard for her to talk; as if each lip weighs 10 lbs.

    I betcha she’s one of those people who needs to say profound things in a soft, halting voice.

  12. Nina W says:

    Love the La Jolie name dropping, am I the only one who wants to puke? Oh yes, we all aspire to be like our patron Saint Angelina cause she’s super real and not into fame at all.

  13. TQB says:

    so, wait, is her point that life is meaningless without alcohol? I fear we’ve found common ground…

  14. lettylynton says:

    I’ve never heard her music. But I really like the pictures with the headbands!

  15. Dee Cee says:

    Hipster headbands have no legit purpose to be worn on foreheads.. ever..

  16. Karen says:

    She is so boring and looks bored in every photo. I honestly don’t know why she’s famous. I think the hate on her stage name is because it’s Latino sounding and she is as WASPy as it gets. Please, let her 15 minutes be up soon.

    • Debbie says:

      To be fair, when she had her face frozen like that, they asked her what she wanted her perma-expression to be, and she said “knowing and world-weary with a touch of hipster irony. With Angelina Jolie lips.”

  17. geekychick says:

    You all said everything that needs to be said (written) about her music and talent. I just want to add, as a hippie(and 60ies and 70ies general fashion)loving person, I can’t believe how ugly, boring, bleh and cheap looking the clothes in the photo-shoot is. I’m sorry that I have to say this, but her face seriously creeps me out-it looks so unnatural, so plastic with that lips that I feel like I’m looking at robot. It’s so awful of me, but I can’t see person or anything deeper than the plastic face. Like a robot, I swear. The cliche answers, straight from “cool-interviews” playbook don’t help.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yeah, agree with all of this. It still annoys me that I know people who have fairly shrewd taste in music but still like this chick. Ugh.

    • RN says:

      Amen, Geeky. Between reading this post and Beyonce’s post, I’m sliding into a pool of despair about today’s music. My 11 year old found an a cappella group that she loves the other day and said to me, “It’s so great to hear people singing without all of the computers.”

  18. Theresa says:

    Meh. I don’t hold it against her that she is thinking about her future or talking about it. She’s a young woman, I would be more disappointed if she wasn’t thinking about doing something more with her life. She’s also immersed in the entertainment business, so of course she wants to stay a part of it, and her role models would come from there.

    I have her del ray debut album and I actually really enjoy listening to it.

    I know she gets on most people’s last nerve, and she did mine in the beginning, but I have to admit I enjoy her music. The rest is white noise.

  19. bns says:

    She is so unattractive. All of that plastic surgery, botox and collagen is not a good look.

  20. Eleonor says:


  21. Cuddles says:

    I agree with posters, she is incredibly boring. Like, looking at her gives me a headache. She’s pretty (no matter how “real” it is), I like the whole throwback of her look. But, something about her rubs me the wrong way, she seems pretensious to me. But that’s just my opinion.

  22. Sway says:

    Bitch, please.

  23. Ellie66 says:

    This girl is soo very boring she seems like she took to much Valium. I’ve never heard of that magazine is it about cigars?

  24. Samihami says:

    I have no idea who this girl is (a singer,I guess, from the comments?) but she just looks so, so very sad in all of those pictures. Does she generally put forth a depressed persona, or is she trying to look dramatic?

  25. Vanladeelite says:

    She’s super talented and gorgeous. Very happy for her success.

  26. Chickenlishus says:

    Looks like she is just a few surgeries away from OCTOMOM!!!

  27. minime says:

    I love it when plastic-made-instantaneous celebrities come to say how they really don’t like the fame…yeah right, that’s why you put urself through some major image change so that you could hit the market…

    and here I have to quote alons -y alonso:

    “My eyes just rolled so far back I saw brain matter.”

  28. OlyB says:

    Her quote about not being able to celebrate life without alcohol is really screwy and sad. If she went to rehab as a teen, that’s like a decade plus of being boring as feck? Now I’m beginning to understand why Daniel Radcliffe was such an outspoken defender of her terrible SNL performance… She probably moaned to him about being in recovery and he felt compassion for her.

  29. normades says:

    This woman was exposed to be a liar and a fraud…why is she still here?

    • Vanladeelite says:

      She was? lol Must have missed that….I don’t think changing your name and hair color constitutes as “fraud” but that’s just me.

      • bns says:

        I think they’re talking about her lying about her backstory to make herself sound more edgy and interesting on top of reinventing herself a couple of times because the first few versions didn’t work.

    • Gistine says:

      Her daddy has LOTS of money and the media wants to cram her down our throats.

      On her “talent,” she sings like a 45 record set on 33 speed. (Dating myself here.) It is so droll and insipid and almost as if Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh is her inspiration. No offense to Eeyore.

  30. Jackson says:

    Good luck with that.

  31. wonderwoman21 says:

    Wow are the photos bad or does she really just photograph that bad?

  32. Aud says:

    I dislike her face, her fake lips…ugh.

  33. Amanda says:

    Not a bad-looking girl, but in every photo she looks like she’s about to open her mouth and spill out “DUUUUURRRRR….”

  34. GirlyGirl says:

    Judging by the look on her face even she finds herself boring.

  35. Happy21 says:

    She has the creepiest, dead eyes I have ever seen on a living person.

    They alone make me want to run screaming. Her music makes me want to scrape my eardrums out…

  36. Beatriz says:

    “As a child, I felt different. I always wanted to make my life a work of art.”

    Ugh, go away.

  37. anon says:

    One thing that always struck me about this woman is that she always looks and sounds so very bored. Well, “Lana”, you are also so very BORING. So is her music.

  38. janie says:

    She actually makes some great music. I don’t like her image or her personality (way too contrived), so I get the hate on that, but people aren’t giving her music a chance.

    At least listen to these songs.

  39. SimpleRed says:

    Well I had the chance to hear her perform in U.K.- not impressed at all… JMO
    Her vocals are not that strong and she is quite boring when on stage…
    She doesn’t look comfortable on stage; needs more work stage presence.
    The songs written well needs a little bit more emotions.

    As for the photoshoot well everyone here pretty much sum it up for me

  40. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Agree with original kitten and gg and others; she’s a complete fraud there are pics of her hanging out with that woodstock hippie Miley Cyrus on the net; Her daddy’s rich and is trying to buy her career; RN there is great music out there: try rodrigo and gabriela, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, Gary Clark, Esperenza Spalding, Buena Vista Social Club, Dead Weather – and go on youtube and listen to Jimi Hendrix Peace in Missippi and Cherokee Mist for starters (Jimi’s all over youtube). Don’t judge today’s music by pop crap.

    • LeenB says:

      I’ll be honest, I like her music (I myself am surprised I did because my music taste is very much patti smith/joy division/the cure/morrissey/people who actually are creative ad talented). she grinds on my nerves (personality wise) and I wouldn’t really want to see her in concert but I take her music for what it is, I can relate to it and it is a far cry from the constant assault of dubstep-meet-techno-meet-autotuned pop star that seems to have taken over the music industry. I think a lot of people judge her too harhly because, well, she is annoying. But each to their own. Also not everyone who likes her means they are ‘unaware’ of good music.

    • normades says:

      Tame Impala = love so much

  41. cheeve says:

    I’ve seen this chick’s name here and there, but I have no idea who she is. Is there any reason I should bother to find out? And, um, pardon my rudimentary Spanish, but if I’m not mistaken, her chosen moniker means “wool of the sun”?

  42. KellyinSeattle says:

    The only thing I am thinking is, Axl Rose? Because who doesn’t have a crush on him? If you’re in the ’80s

  43. RobN says:

    Why is somebody still trying to make her happen? I honestly don’t get it. She’s not particularly talented or attractive and the public is already tired of her schtick. You can say she had a great year because of the number of magazine covers, but you still have to produce something that somebody wants to buy, and she seems incapable of doing that. I don’t get why producers haven’t simply cut their losses with her.

  44. Rachel() says:

    I don’t like her.

  45. Debbie says:

    She annoys the hell out of me with all the fake, and her “music” makes me laugh. That said, I don’t hate the last picture, where slouching and wistfully looking off into the middle distance is actually appropriate to the pose. And I have to give her kudos for keeping her faux-pillowed lips closed in most of the shots.

  46. bohemia says:

    She seems real

  47. mac says:

    Last year I read about this chick on CB a couple times and came to the conclusion that she was fake/terrible/annoying etc. I had never heard any of her music. My brother’s gf put on her her first CD one day and I had no idea who it was. I ended up loving it. Her music s strange but something about it is so catchy. I don’t care if she’s not “authentic”. I realized I can dislike a celebrity’s persona and still enjoy their work.

    Her plastic surgery is tragic though.

  48. Charles says:

    Never gonna’ happen honey. First of all, Angleina can act and her lips are real. Yous look like you just got back from the Meg Ryan fish lips party. But a girl can dream I suppose.

  49. Kosmos says:

    She’s definitely a dud….good luck with that, Lana…however, have you noticed that there are in fact several divas out there “without any real singing, acting or dancing talent,” but they are making a fortune just by hiring publicity agents who are pushing them in our faces…

  50. tigerblood says:

    ugh….megan fox complex..
    the ‘I wanna be like Angelina Jolie cuz I gots lips like hers and oh my pretty face too’.

  51. dan says:

    her and miley are both no-talent skanks with careers paid for by their rich fathers