THE INSIDER: ASHLEE SIMPSON
Will there ever be a 7th Heaven reunion?
More than eight years since the release of her debut album Autobiography, it's pretty apparent that Ashlee Simpson is no longer living in anyone else's shadow. With a number of titles (including singer, songwriter, actress and reality television star) already under her belt, and a brand new film (Pawn Shop Chronicles with Elijah Wood, slated for 2013) and album both on the way, the star has a lot more to look forward to in the coming year.
This story was published on July 20, 2012.
We caught up with Simpson at the launch of Samsung's new Galaxy S III phone in New York City to catch up.
How long have you been here in New York City? I just got here today, but I was just here this past weekend and flew back today.
Oh really? Why were you here over the weekend? My man Ė haha!
You always look great but itís really your hair that tends to be the focus of discussion a lot of times. What are you planning to do with it next? Iím kind of in this fun in-between stage right now. My stylist Jenny Cho came over the other day, actually, and I was like ďIím kinda thinking I wanna grow it out!Ē So just cut a little bit in the back so it could grow normal. I just feel like Iíve already gone so far Ė Iím going to go just a little bit longer and then I donít know.
Speaking of hair, your son Bronx probably has the best hair in Hollywood. Does he have his own little shelf of Bumble and bumble products at home? Yeah, his hair is pretty awesome. I do use some of my conditioner on just the ends of his hair (because itís baby hair) but he really likes it to be long.
Youíre currently dating Boardwalk Empire star Vincent Piazza. Are you a fan of the show yourself? I love the show and heís absolutely brilliant Ė heís great in everything he does. [Also] Iím obsessed with Game of Thrones! It is soooo good, oh I love it.
Whoís your favorite character? Oh, Khaleesi for sure. Iím dying to see what happens with her and those dragons.
What about us? We're dying to know what happens to the 7th Heaven gang! If there was ever a 7th Heaven remake would you be down for doing it? Oh, lord! Hahaha Ė [My character] Ceciliaís still at college! Umm, Iíd be happy to see everyone.
You also have a new movie coming out called Pawn Shop Chronicles. Whatís it actually about? Can you tell us anything regarding the plot? I canít! But itís a really rad movie, itís got a really cool style. I think people will be shocked Ė itís going to be fun for everyone to check it out. It was cool to see everyone in the film getting their Ďwhite trashí on.
Whenís your next album coming out? I assume you havenít given up on your music careerÖ I was actually playing a couple of tracks for my friends tonight! No, I havenít given up. I feel bad to even talk about it because everyoneís going to be like, ďWait, what! When?Ē But, needless to say, Iím really proud of the sounds and Iím really excited for it to be an artistic venture. The sound is a little soulful, a little electronicÖ
You probably have one of the most notorious Saturday Night Live performances of all time. But some said you were trumped by Lana Del Rey. Did you catch her performance? What did you think? I think sheís great and I think when an artist is new and fresh itís hard. You grow throughout the years and thatís whatís great about it. It makes you stronger and you never have to worry about that stuff anymore. For me, it made me a strong woman and into a mother.
Right now is such a great time for female musicians. Is there anyone out there who you really enjoy listening to? I actually love the Ď90s. I love Beth Hart, I loved Hole, itís also great to see Garbage back with Shirley Manson. Theyíre who I look up to Ė itís so great to see those women kicking ass.
Shirley Manson was just on the cover of our NYLON music issue! Yeah, I saw that! She looked great, it was really cute.
Aside from the music and your upcoming film, do you have anything else going on? No, Iím just taking my time being a mom. Iím not in a rush, I just want the record to speak for itself and it definitely is an emotional one. So Iím just doing that.