It seems the family that gets paid together, stays together.
Despite recent fidelity rumors and a booty grabbing photo we won’t be discussing, the Thicke-Patton unit ooze with first world glamour for the October cover of Prestige Magazine.
Paula is giving ’50s “did I do that” femme fatale face while Robin is all in the sophisticate crooner zone as both are on a set built to look like, well, a set. LOL
In their joint interview with the publication, the couple discuss how each influences the other’s career, those “through thick and thin” moments in life and loads more.
How much influence do you have over each other’s talent?
PP: A lot. Robin got me ready for every single acting audition I’ve ever done. We read lines together when I’m working on movies. He’s my coach. I listen to every song he writes and help however I can, and I’ve written songs with him.
RT: Our product – what ends up being seen and heard – Paula is way more involved in mine than I am in hers. I help a little bit, give some notes and encourage, do whatever I can. But my music…she’s the first one to hear almost every song that I write and many times before it’s even finished being written. She helps me with my art direction and my album covers and my videos and my wardrobe, and she is really the good taste of the family [laughs]. I just keep working hard and hoping I get lucky.
And I imagine that you’ve also been there for each other during those inevitable down moments in a showbiz career?
RT: Oh, without question. I don’t know if I would still be alive in some ways if it wasn’t for Paula. She’s been my rock, my muse, my inspiration and I love her. The whole way.
PP: I’ve been there for his down moments and he’s been there for mine. Life is full of peaks and valleys. Robin has always been a great person to remind me to celebrate now. Even when it looks like I’ve got a role but don’t know for sure, he’s like, “Let’s celebrate!”
Who were your idols as a child?
PP: Oh gosh, I don’t know who my idols were growing up. But Denzel [Washington] quickly became my mentor, whether he knew it or not. When I worked with him on Déjà Vu I’d only done one other film. I know he’s a man, but he’s one of the great actors of all time. He didn’t teach me by telling me anything, but just watching and listening to him. I thought to myself, “I wanna do everything the way you do it.”
Robin, you came from a showbiz family and your mom was a songwriter. When did you first start writing songs?
RT: The first songs that I wrote was when I was about 11 or 12 years old. I started to teach myself how to play piano. All I needed was a few chords and I would write a whole song. And then I’d learn a few new chords and I would write a new song for that. I think it was all just determination.
Who were your early influences? What did you listen to as a child?
RT: Michael Jackson, Prince and Billy Idol because I loved his hair and “Rebel Yell”. That was a big moment for me. I was Billy Idol for Halloween. MTV had just started when I was seven, eight years old, so the first people they played on MTV were Billy Idol, John Cougar Mellencamp – his “Jack and Diane” song – Michael Jackson and Prince. Those were my heroes early on.
Back in the day you were known for your long locks. Why did you cut your hair?
RT: Actually the question is, “Why did you grow your hair?” When I was 22 and decided to dedicate all my time to my own music, I told myself I wouldn’t cut my hair until I heard my songs on the radio. Then when I heard my song on the radio, I cut my hair.
Like a lot of people, the first image I have of you is riding through Manhattan with long hair (in the “When I Get You Alone” video).
RT: Yeah, with a llama on my head. I was a hippie. I was into peace and love and rock ’n’ roll and living the free life. I was stick skinny and hadn’t cut my hair in two years and just loved making music. Then my hair became such a maintenance issue that I decided that it had to be chopped.
Read the rest of the “Crossing Lines” interview at Prestige.
Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock