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TV Hits Interview October 1999

Welcome Back!

Alanis Morissette zapped in and out of OZ late last year at the speed of light - but this month she's back for a full-scale concert tour. The girl who once had a "jagged little pill" to swallow, talked exclusively to TV Hits.

You were in through the out door last time you were here, Alanis!
Yeah, it was pretty quick! (Laughs) That was my third or fourth time here.

That makes you an expert on OZ! Is there anything particularly unique about Australia?
Australians remind me of Canadians in a lot of ways...the humour. I was born and raised in a similar way.

What can we expect from this tour and how will it be different from the previous tours?
The music is different. We'll be doing some songs from "Jagged Little Pill" and some of the songs from that record we do different variations. Songs from the new record, lots of colours and new band members.

You recently starred in Dogma with Ben Affleck. How many scenes do you have with him?
My only scene in the movie is with Ben.

What was he like to work with?
He's great. He's really very funny!

We remember reading rumours, while you were filming, that you were going out with Ben...
Yeah, I heard about that. Yeah...

Did Madonna - your record company boss - give you any acting tips for the role?
No, I haven't talked to her in a long time.

What's your relationship with Madonna like? Do you talk often?
No we don't, actually. I don't see her very much.

You have a boyfriend now, Dash Mihok from The Thin Red Line. How did you meet?
We met in Cuba. He was travelling with us on a cultural exchange.

Dash also appears in your video for "So Pure" - which you directed!
He's the best dancer (smiles). He inspired me to get back into dancing! So I thought it would be remiss of me not to have him in it.

You're a famous woman, but what would you do if you were a man for a day?
I would observe the kinds of things that I would get away with that perhaps as a woman would be a little more difficult.

Here's some weird questions! What's the biggest mistake you've made in a relationship?
Thinking I could change a person.

Finish the sentence: Supermodels are...
...supermodels (laughs) That's my answer!

Your new lover farts in bed, do you dump him?
(Laughs) Wow! I'd give it a chance first and have some conversations before I was that rash!

What's worse - a bad kisser or a bad attitude?
(Laughs) Bad attitude.

How many lovers is too many?
That's relative. Are we talking about at the same time, or a lifetime?

Over a lifetime...
I don't think there's such a thing!

What do you do in your spare time?
I run, I bike, I swim, I water-ski, I snowboard, I paint, I dance, I sew and I hike (phew!)

Have you always been an outdoorsy person?
Yeah. I love being outside!

When can we expect a new album?
Next year!


Transcribed by Tim Abidin from TV Hits, Issue 134