“I’m so into extraterrestrial stuff. … It’s very difficult for me to look up into the sky in the middle of the night and not think that our planet is one of … a bajillion. It’s really, really small. And Russell and I are interested in anything extraterrestrial. I mean, we’re going to space!”
-Pop sensation Katy Perry, nothing that her interest in outer space has at least partially informed “E.T.,” the newest number one single from her smash second album Teenage Dream. Perry discussed her interest in the cosmos during her conversation with MTV News’ Sway on “MTV First: Katy Perry’s ‘E.T.’” on Thursday night (March 31).
Her promise to boldly go into the outer reaches of the atmosphere is serious, too. “There’s a group of people that work with Richard Branson, and he does the Virgin flights, and for Russell’s birthday, I got him a flight to space. Because I just thought, ‘What else can I give this man? He’s had every experience in the world, but not a trip to space!’” she explained. “And so he’s also always searching for what is beyond this world, and we both kind of have this same vision and are always looking for more. It will be really exciting. It’s like a half-a-day trip. I think there’s a lot of people who are signed up for this experience.”
The video for Perry’s “E.T.” premiered yesterday and features the singer in a variety of extraterrestrial looks. The makeup is stunning, but it took some work to get there. “It was, like, five and six hours, each makeup look,” Perry said. “It was hard for me! It was really a patience thing for me on this video. But, you know, it’s like when you’re doing a film. Sometimes you have to do prosthetics, and you have to get really old or turn into an animal or a monster — and that’s kind of what this process was.”Read full story