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You have worn some gorgeous looks today, Nicole. Can you talk us through them?
“This pale pink dress is soft and beautiful and ethereal and was inspired by a look that I wore to the Pride of Britain Awards recently. I’ve also worn the most gorgeous yummy cashmere sweater with big sleeves that you just want to snuggle up in, then a very simple and elegant velvet slip dress.”
Do you enjoy photoshoots?
“I do, but my secret is music – I have to have great music and it has to be the right music for the right vibe of the shoot. Today there was a lot of Beyoncé; it’s all about [her album] Lemonade.”
You invited us behind the scenes of today’s photoshoot to celebrate being the new face, hair and nails of Perfectil supplements. How long have you been taking them?
“I’ve been taking Perfectil for a few years now. They are my favourite beauty supplements and I find that they help my nails, hair and skin, especially when I am really busy.”
Your hair, skin and nails seem so perfect that I’m surprised you feel the need to take a beauty supplement…
“Oh thank you, but trust me – this is hours of glam and beauty. For me, Perfectil is part of the overall wellbeing. I think beauty comes from within, it’s part of how we sleep and eat well, exercise and just look after ourselves. Even when I am working super hard and not having much sleep, like right now with X Factor, I still drink lots of water and exercise – anything that I can get my beat on to keeps me energised.”
You have gorgeous hair and it’s all yours – no extensions. What’s your secret?
“Perfectil for hair, obviously, but I do use clip-in hairpieces for the show or the red carpet, but yes, today this is all mine. But my secret is Olaplax [a hair repair treatment]; it really works. And I also like Oribe texturising sprays and I always use a heat protector spray.”
What are your favourite beauty treatments?
“A deep-tissue massage is my all-time favourite. But also any type of facial, particularly the collagen wave facial – it’s awesome.”
What would I always find in your make-up bag?
“A grapefruit hand sanitiser and coconut oil because that’s my multi-purpose beauty balm for everything. For make-up at the moment, my two favourite brands are Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford. In fact, Charlotte is winning right now – I love Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and her new eyebrow colour gel. And Giorgio Armani new Lip Magnets are amazing. Oh, and Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate contouring palette. And I love my friend Tyra Banks’s contour sticks; they are like crayons you just draw on your face and are really great, but you guys don’t have it yet – Tyra you need to bring it to the UK.”
Charlotte Tilbury reads hello!, so I think we need to get her to create a Nicole Hot Lips colour just for you…
“Oooh yes, hi Charlotte!” [Blows kisses].
Do you have secrets from The X Factor that you can share?
“They are live shows so anything can happen at any moment. I am obviously rooting for my boys; they have the best mentor.”
It’s been a very contentious and controversial series. Why do you think that is?
“Because Simon Cowell is back – he loves to grab the headlines.”
Last time we met, you were talking about this amazing cycling class in the US called SoulCycle and how we need it here. Now you are back and it is here, have you taken any UK classes?
“You’re welcome UK and where’s my commission? In fact, I’m still waiting on my One Direction commission [Laughs]. But no, I haven’t had the time and now my favourite class is called Twerk Before Work – I kid you not. It’s a dance cardio class and it’s like you are at a club but it’s 8am and you are getting in a really strong workout. I like to change it up when it comes to my workouts. I jog, listen to music, zone out during exercise. Before my shoot today I did some Bikram yoga – I love to get a good sweat on.”
Are you enjoying your time in London or are you missing Los Angeles?
“I am living in London and enjoying it, but I’m not going to lie – I have been very, very busy and this city has been keeping me going. I come over every year to do X Factor for three months and I rarely fly out, so I must admit that I’m a little homesick and am looking forward to Christmas now. But I’m grateful.”
Describe your perfect Christmas day…
“I love a white Christmas in the snow, but this year I shall be in Hawaii and so this Christmas day will be a walk on the beach, going to church – my poppa is a bishop so we all go to mass as a family – and just relaxing. We have a huge feast at lunch, then we play cards and games and hang out and not do much, then eat again. I’ll maybe go for a swim in the ocean and roll around in the sand with my nieces, who are six and seven – that’s definitely on my Christmas wish list.”
Your nieces are the perfect age for Christmas and Santa Claus. Dot hey believe in him?
“Of course they do. I always spend my Christmas with them and they make it – they really do.”
What’s your signature scent
“Byredo La Tulipe. But I also love anything with Hawaiian flowers in it because it reminds me of my childhood and growing up.”
What’s your favourite piece of beauty advice?
Is it true you drink coconut oil in your coffee?
“Oh yes. I want to have my own coconut oil; I use it for my hair, my skin and my deodorant and I eat it every day.”
Are you comfortable doing your own hair and make-up on days you’re not working?
“A lot of people like to do their own make-up and hair, but that’s not me, so I keep it simple. I like hats and use a flat iron, super-light make-up and I always put a lip on.”
Who is your beauty icon?
“I love Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot. And JLo, of course, and Gwen Stefani for fashion.”
What’s next for you after X Factor?
“I’m working on a project that could be mega and I’m really excited about it. It’s music, but that’s all I can say.”
We hear you are appearing in two films too…
“Yes. I’ve just shot my first lead in a movie, a re-imagining of Dirty Dancing, which comes out next year. I play Penny, Johnny’s dance partner, Abigail Breslin is playing Baby and Colt Prattes is Johnny. It’s being released to celebrate the 30th birthday of the original.”
And you are voicing a Disney character too…
“It’s a Disney animation film set in Polynesia called Moana and I’m really proud to be in it because of my Hawaiian heritage. It’s about a little girl called Moana and I play her mother. Let’s just say that it’s been a very busy year for me and I feel blessed.”
POPSUGAR: What drew you into this movie?
Nicole Scherzinger: I am of Hawaiian descent, so when I found out they were making a Polynesian-inspired Disney movie, I was like, “I have to be a part of this!” I knocked down Disney’s doors to let me audition and make sure I could be a part of this. It was awesome, and it worked out, and now I am Moana’s mother in the film. And my name is Sina.
PS: What do you think sets Moana apart from other Disney princesses?
NS: I feel like Moana is a Hawaiian princess warrior. Warrior Hawaiian princess, is what I should be saying. I think a lot of other Disney characters, like in Brave and stuff, they are still really strong girls, little princesses. Moana comes from a very rooted background. It’s not a love story. It’s a heroine story. It’s about a little girl finding out who she is. And it’s a message for all of us: discovering who we are and getting back to our roots . . . and who we know as ourselves . . . A lot of [Disney movies] are love stories. This is a love story about a girl who discovers who she is, and a love story between her and her people and her island.
PS: I love that it’s not a love story! How powerful.
NS: Yeah, it’s an inspiring story and she’s such a role model for little boys and girls out there.
PS: What is Moana’s relationship with her mother like?
NS: Moana has a very close relationship with her mother, her family, and her grandmother. Her mother is very strong-willed. Normally the men are the head of the house in our culture, but the women are the backbone and the spine of the family. Moana is like her mom, and she is very strong-willed as well. Sina is strong-willed, and very protective of Moana. She obviously respects her husband’s views of making sure Moana abides by her father’s rules . . . in the end, she really trusts Moana and allows her to make her own decisions.
PS: That’s nice, to see parents who will let their daughter leave.
NS: Yeah, it’s a special moment . . . her mother sees her and has a feeling. She sees her packing, and instead of stopping her, helps her pack and sends her on her way.
PS: Did you have a favorite Disney princess growing up?
NS: I loved Princess Jasmine, because she was the closest thing to my skin color. Now, it’s wonderful that there is a little Moana to be a role model for the Polynesian kids, or kids of different ethnicities and ethnic backgrounds. Because, if I had Moana growing up, she would be the Disney character I would want to be: a Disney warrior.
PS: That representation is so important.
NS: Absolutely. There are so many films for other cultures and other people . . . What’s wonderful is Disney chose to do a story of the Polynesian people. Their story and their culture, respectfully and in the right way . . . It’s beautiful. It brings me to tears.
PS: What are you hoping that little boys and girls will take away from this movie?
NS: To hopefully be inspired and be strong-willed. To go out and and search what their destiny is, who they really are inside . . . To be inspired and to fight for it. Fight for it and to not give up. And to follow that inner voice.
PS: What was your experience working with Dwayne Johnson on this film?
NS: I didn’t! I’ve met Dwayne a couple of times in the past . . . but when I recorded, I recorded on my own in the Disney studios. So it was lovely to see him and reconnect on the red carpet.
PS: He was just announced as People’s Sexiest Man Alive, too!
NS: Good for him! . . . I think he’s the sexiest man alive, from the inside out.
PS: It’s the inside components that make him ever sexier, right?
PS: Is there any chance of a Pussycat Dolls reunion in the future?
NS: I don’t see why not! I love my girls. I miss my girls. And if the time is right and it’s meant to be, I would love to be able to do more music with them and tour for our fans out there. I would love that. We’ll show them how it’s done.
For the December issue of InStyle Nicole Scherzinger talks to Hamish MacBain about Simon, social media and being silly. Plus check out the video below where InStyle’s Josh Newis-Smith AKA JoshingtonHosts quizzes her in the hot seat…
Nicole Scherzinger’s life is non-stop. If you want evidence of just how non-stop, consider that, for a large portion of our interview this late afternoon, she will also be getting her nails done and digging into a box of salad (also a large portion) Later, as we are finishing up, she tells me she’s about to jump into a car from our current location in Forest Gate to The Ivy in the West End. I tell her that Friday night traffic into London is not to be trifled with, and that it may take her a while. This doesn’t matter, she says – the time is going to be spent doing a Skype meeting with someone in the States, and also reading notes on another future project. Non-stop.
Not that the 38-year-old is unfocused or distracted; quite the opposite, in fact. Three of my questions are preceded with a polite ‘Whaddyou mean?’, while two of her answers to them conclude with a ‘Does that make sense?’ And it has to be said that she is extremely nice. Not just to me, but to everyone present with whom she will happily take – and retake, and retake until they are right – selfies, and make jokes and have fun. All day there’s loud music (‘I can’t take pictures without music’) of her choosing, from Banks to Grimes to Christine And The Queens (‘I’m in love with her’). Nicole doesn’t, she notes, always like shoots, but today’s is declared to be ‘cool, chill and a great vibe’. Only one line of enquiry – I’m sure you can probably guess which one (more later) – is rebutted and shut down immediately, but even then only with a light smattering of frostiness. Other than that she’s open, honest, self-deprecating and gives as good as she gets.
The ostensible purpose of today’s interview is to promote The X Factor, and quite early on in our conversation she says that she ‘really doesn’t like speaking on TV, because it gives me the heebie-jeebies’. I tell her that in that case she may have picked a strange job. ‘I didn’t pick it,’ she laughs. ‘They picked me!’ This is true. They – or as it always is with The X Factor, ‘he’ – did. Why? ‘Simon told me when he called me, “The fun’s gone out of the show,”’ she says. ‘He was like, “I just want to have fun this year”. I said, “OK”. And we are. Not stressed, or overthinking, or overanalysing, or over-anything. We have a nice gel. So I don’t think he means fun as in being goofier, or being silly. It’s just fun because everything feels really natural, and fits easily and well together.’
I ask her what she thinks of Louis’ gleeful assertions that the previous series wasn’t up to scratch and that the ratings were suffering because of this. ‘I think he’s just telling the truth!’ she hoots, while also adding that she never saw it (she says she doesn’t watch TV in general). ‘In all honesty, he would call me or text me and be like, “It’s hoorrrible!” I was like, “Oh, stop!” He was like, “Yes, it’s horrible!” But I mean that’s his baby too, and has been for so many years, so of course he’s going to have an opinion, you know?’ It does, certainly, feel like there is more of an unfakeable camaraderie between the four judges this year. Nicole says that she would ‘go out for drinks’ with Louis, and that she ‘looks up to’ Sharon (or ‘Mrs O’ as she calls her).
What about Simon, I ask? Does she hang out with him? ‘Uh-uh! No. I hang out with his… with Lauren.’ But would she regard him as a friend? ‘I mean Simon is… I’ve known him for years. But if I ever have a question or need anything, I can go to him.’ So he’s a nice man? A nicer man now? ‘Yeah. Yeah, he is. The past few years I’ve worked with him, he was a lot tougher and more ruthless. But I feel like this season he’s a lot softer. Like we all watched [an episode playback] yesterday and a few people were like, “Awwww!”. We got a few “Awwws” for him.’ And the reason for this? ‘Eric. Being a dad. We all grow up sometime. He’s at a different place in his life. We’re all at different places in our lives.’
That place for Nicole Scherzinger is, at present, a happy one. And not just because of her relationship with 25-year-old tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, which is (obviously) the single line of questioning that she will not go down. ‘I don’t like to put focus on that, because if I ever say anything, it’ll get written about, and it’s the headline and it’s like…’ she says, trailing off into a sigh. ‘I’m happy, and I’m in a relationship, and we like to keep it our own business. And that’s it. You talk about it, then people write about it like, “Ooooh, she can’t wait to be blah, blah, blah with blah, blah, blah” and it’s like, “No, I never said that!”’ She is referring (I think) to a recent story in which she supposedly said she was planning to start a family. ‘A few years down the line, yeah, it’s something that I’m going to be thinking about,’ she says. ‘But I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface of what I’m supposed to do and create, and that’s where my mind is at. So when I’ve got there, and it’s the right time, then maybe I’ll think about kids and a family.’
When I ask her what she thinks about people for whom all of that kind of thing forms part of ‘a brand’, she says that it’s not something she’s really interested in, and that she prefers to just ‘be a creative outlet, doing the work and being an artist’. But, for example, you’re pretty active and good on Instagram, I say. ‘Nooo, I could be much better! You have all these people who have millions and millions [of followers], but I don’t really know what they do. I’m rubbish at it. I have to work really hard, and it doesn’t come naturally. I don’t naturally want to share everything with the world like that. Each to their own, and I mean obviously the people who don’t hold stuff back, well, they seem to be quite successful. But it’s just the way I’m built, I guess. I want people to get to know me, but it’s more important for me to be known for something: for my art, for a legacy. That’s what I need to do the work on, as opposed to just farting around.’
So right now, it’s work, work, work, work, work, and a wide range of work, work, work, work, work at that. Nicole has just finished filming a role as Penny in the remake of Dirty Dancing (‘It’s a wider, more extensive look into some of the characters’ lives, like things you wouldn’t maybe have known’), and she also has a ‘really sweet’ role as the mother of the main character in Disney’s Moana. She has plans to do ‘a movie musical. And I’d love to do some indie stuff. And then I want to somehow be an action hero so badly!’
A year and a half on from her Olivier Award nomination for Cats, she is also keen to do more theatre, but not for a little while. She went to see Rebel Wilson in Guys & Dolls recently and was offered the role after she finishes, but turned it down for the same reason that she left (and royally pissed off Andrew Lloyd Webber), because theatre, she says, with its eight shows a week, consumes your whole life. It leaves little space for the things she really wants to do (she also says, by the way, that ‘everything’s cool’ with Lloyd Webber, that she can ‘understand why he was upset’, and that she has ‘one of his shows she wants to do next year’). The thing Nicole Scherzinger ‘really wants to do’ is, as you might expect, music. ‘Just because I haven’t put out new music in a while doesn’t mean I’m not making new music,’ she says. ‘I’m just taking my time to make sure the next stuff that I do represents me properly. Like I’m at an age now, and enough time has gone by where it’s not enough to, like, be a junkie and just try to get that next hit. It’s like, “What body of work am I really putting out, and what am I leaving behind?” It’s time to start thinking about something that has some substance and depth, and that tells my story. That says something about who I am. I’m thinking outside of the box this time. ‘This time I’m thinking, “How could I do it my way?”’
Credit: Hamish MacBain/ Instyle UK