Can you really get under a person’s skin with just a few well-chosen questions? We find out with Blurred Lines superstar and one of Grazia’s favourite pin-ups, Pharrell Williams, 40. He talks to Grazia about his wife Helen Lasichanh, turning 40 and working with Moncler.
Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh [Rex]
1: Who are you closest to?
Pharrell Williams: Probably my girl [model and designer Helen Lasichanh, who Pharrell married in October] and my family.
2: What’s your earliest memory?
Pharrell Williams: I remember when I was three, my grandfather coming into my mom’s apartment. It was when we were living in the projects, just before he died in ’76.
3: You’ve collaborated on a range of sunglasses with Italian label Moncler. What makes a great pair of shades?
Pharrell Williams: These days when it comes to design I’m about silhouette and functionality first. What’s more important – the T-shirt or the label plastered across it? Just think about Rei Kawakubo [Comme des Garçons founder] – she’s a genius. She proves you don’t need to cover your designs in a label because the silhouette tells you exactly who made it.
4: What do you value in a partner?
Pharrell Williams: Being besties is the most important thing – you have to be best friends.
5: Tell us something that will surprise us about you?
Pharrell Williams: I’m obsessed with Einstein’s process of tapping into the ether. He called it thought experiments and I was very surprised to see it was so similar to Leonardo da Vinci’s process. It’s like putting a candle on the floor and looking at the light flickering on the ceiling to zone out – which is a good description of what it’s like when I make music. Often I’ll go outside walking, which allows my mind to wander. It’s the wandering that brings about good ideas for me.
Pharrell with Cara Delevingne and Miley Cyrus [Instagram]
6: Describe the last time you can remember feeling totally happy?
Pharrell Williams: I’ve been totally happy for a few months now – since I turned 40 [in April]. It wasn’t the fact of turning 40, it was the sequence of events that followed. It’s been crazy, with the Moncler collaboration and everything that’s happened this year. I’ve always been thankful, but now I’m thankful and super-happy.
7: What’s your biggest regret in life?
Pharrell Williams: Not learning foreign languages in school.
8: What’s the most expensive item in your wardrobe?
Pharrell Williams: I think that’s just a little ostentatious to answer. I don’t want to be defined by that because, at the end of the day, I can’t take it with me.
9: What item could you not live without?
Pharrell Williams: There isn’t a single possession that I couldn’t live without.
10: What’s the one thing you would change about your life?
Pharrell Williams: I wouldn’t change a thing.
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