Natalie Imbruglia was on the Rosie O’Donnell show on Monday to perform and talk with Rosie. Natalie talked about feeling old at 27, her four year break, her early work as an actress, her first acting job, living in England, and of course her new album ‘White Lilies Island’. Read on for a transcript.
Rosie: Yeah. Back with Natalie Imbruglia. You’ve been — what have
you been doing for four years taking a break?
Natalie: I only took half a year off. I actually took three whole years
to make the record.
Rosie: No kidding.
Natalie: The first year I wrote songs and didn’t use any of them.
Natalie: They weren’t good enough.
Rosie: You didn’t think so. I hope you didn’t throw them away.
Natalie: I’ll probably use some of them for film, soundtracks or something.
Rosie: Maybe you can add to them or think of something better you like.
The first one was a tremendous success and that “torn” single is like —
Natalie: I know. I traced it around the world.
Rosie: That was good.
[ Applause ] it was sort of an overnight success story for you in a
Rosie: Was it difficult all the attention you got?
Natalie: I think it was. I think — it all happened so fast, it wasn’t
until I stopped. That’s probably why it took me so long as well. I was
digesting what happened. I thought, oh, my gosh, all these people are expecting
so much of me. That took a while to process.
Rosie: You’re very young, too.
Rosie: That’s very young.
Natalie: Is that very young? I’m not sure.
Rosie: I’m in my 40s.
Natalie: That’s young, still.
Rosie: That’s young, 40s is not young.
Natalie: Okay. I feel old.
Rosie: You feel older.
Natalie: Because I’ve been working since I was 16.
Rosie: What did you start doing?
Natalie: I was on a soap opera.
Rosie: Did you always want to sing? Was that your first love?
Natalie: Yes, but once you establish yourself as an actress, to make
the crossover is very risky, so I was really scared to try it but I always
wanted to do it.
Rosie: Do you think you’ll go back to acting ever?
Natalie: I’d love to do a if anyone is watching.
Rosie: What was your first job that you got?
Natalie: A Bubbalicious bubble gum commercial for japan.
Rosie: Are you good at blowing bubbles?
Natalie: I had to look Hawaiian. Before the audition I died my hair
back to black so I looked more Hawaiian. Thank god I got the job. I had
to — like five pieces in my mouth at the time.
Rosie: Is it the commercial
the um mat bubble the ultimate flavor
Natalie: I don’t know because it’s Japanese.
[ Speaking Japanese ]
Natalie: yeah, that’s the Japanese version.
Rosie: What is the title of the record come from?
Natalie: “White Lilies Island” is where I live. On the River Thames.
Rosie: In England?
Rosie: Okay, good.
Natalie: Doesn’t sound like it’s a place in England.
Rosie: I just don’t know where the River Thames is. It could be Yugoslavia for all I know. You’re from Australia.
Natalie: Yes, but I live in England for eight years.
Rosie: Do you like it?
Natalie: I do like it. I miss the weather. I miss the sunshine.
Rosie: Of Australia?
Rosie: You come here a lot?
Rosie: It is a great CD. I love it one. You should be very proud.
Natalie: Thanks for having me back on the show.