You’ve been googling Carly Rae Jepsen, but have you been getting the answers you want? We put your most common searches to the Canadian singer.
How did Carly Rae Jepsen become famous? ‘Justin Bieber is probably the easiest answer. After I’d been on “Canadian Idol”, I put out “Call Me Maybe” as my first song and Justin heard it and tweeted about it. I’d had a little bit of success with that song in Canada already, but as soon as he gave it attention, it began spreading to other countries. That was my breakout moment.’
Is Carly Rae Jepsen really Canadian? ‘Yes! I feel especially Canadian right now because I just went home to Canada for a family reunion. I spent the last three days up in the woods fishing and cleaning salmon and swimming in cold ocean water. How much more Canadian do you want?’
What is Carly Rae Jepsen’s real name? ‘Um... Carly Rae Jepsen. Though I never used the middle name when I was little, I was just Carly Jepsen. Then when I was on “Canadian Idol”, they started announcing me as Carly Rae Jepsen by mistake and it stuck.’
Is Carly Rae Jepsen related to Tom Hanks? ‘No. He’s friends with my manager, Scooter Braun, but I was as surprised as anyone when he agreed to be in my [“I Really Like You”] video. But it’s funny actually, because Tom and his wife Rita came to my latest show and when we posed for a photo, we were all smiling the same way, so we did look kind of similar.’
‘If you asked me to name my top three songs right now, I probably wouldn’t pick “Call Me Maybe”’
Is Carly Rae Jepsen a good singer? ‘Wow. Imagine if I said no – people would be like, so why are you doing it for a career? I would say my confidence lies mainly in my songwriting but I love, love, love to sing and I do think I have quite a unique and distinctive voice.’
Does Carly Rae Jepsen still like ‘Call Me Maybe?’ ‘I always joke that if I meet someone who’s sung a song more than I’ve sung “Call Me Maybe”, we’ll go and have a little therapy session and give each other hugs and cry. In all honesty though, whenever I sing it live and everyone joins in, that really makes it enjoyable for me. But I guess if you asked me to name my top three songs right now, I probably wouldn’t pick “Call Me Maybe”.'
Does Carly Rae Jepsen have tattoos? ‘I don’t because I have a severe phobia of needles and I’m also extremely indecisive. So I feel like whatever I had done, I’d probably loathe it the next day.’
Does Carly Rae Jepsen drink alcohol? ‘That’s definitely a yes. If I’m having a lazy night, I like to drink a good Old Fashioned. If I’m at a dinner party, I’ll have red wine. But I don’t really like drinking before a show because I find it makes me kind of self-conscious.’
Who did Carly Rae Jepsen kiss at midnight? ‘Ha! That’s for me to know and you to wonder…’
‘E.MO.TION’ by Carly Rae Jepsen is out on September 18.