FW: We must discuss the rainbow airbrushed Adam Siegel suits you’ve been wearing this album cycle. They’re stunning.
JL: One’s a little more My Little Pony, and the other one’s a little more like, Gram Parsons nudie suit. I love them so much. I knew I wanted to wear a suit. Autumn de Wilde, who I work with on all of my album covers and we’ve done a bunch of videos together, gets together with me after I’ve made a record to discuss the album art. I always want to tell a story and create a movie subplot, which we did for Jenny and Johnny and Under the Blacklight [Rilo Kiley album] as well.
Adam [Siegal], who’s Autumn’s art director, had been kind of revisiting airbrushing. He was a graffiti artist in the ‘80s in L.A. and they had done a shoot together where he airbrushed a suitcase. So Autumn asked him to do the suit, I gave him a color palette, we talked about the inspiration, and he just made those two suits for me. I kept on bugging him to paint more things. I was kind of taking advantage, like “Could you also do my boots? And my guitar? And my guitar strap?”
FW: “Can you just come over and do my whole house?”
JL: “Yeah, just do my teeth. I want a My Little Pony grin.”
Anyway, I’m going to ask him if he wouldn’t mind painting a couple more, because I cant take them to the dry cleaners! And I want to wear them every night on tour! For the decency — for the sake and happiness of my band — I need at least another blazer.
FW: You’ve been retweeting all these great behind-the-scenes photos from The Wizard, because it’s the 25th anniversary. What’s it like for you to look back on your early acting career?
JL: Well, first of all, I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since The Wizard and Troop Beverly Hills. It’s just so weird that I have a totally different career now than I did when I was a kid. And it’s been that long since I’ve been a working actress! I’m distanced enough from it to really appreciate it. Those are my memories from my childhood! They’re not like, “Oh I played soccer when I was 12.” It’s like, “Oh I kissed Fred Savage in a movie — and that was my first kiss.” Fucked-up memories from my weird childhood that, at this point, I’m pretty psyched to relive.
FW: What does it feel like to be so many women’s Girl-Crush?
JL: Well, I’d rather that than being everyone’s nemesis, though that’s cool to play too. I bet I would have a Girl-Crush right back on them! That’s just the weirdest thing I’ve ever said.