At 51, Madonna's Still Got the Drive (...and Body)
By PopEater Staff Posted May 3rd 2010 12:43PM
If there's something Madonna has certainly never lacked, it's ambition. If there's two things ... the second trait would be bravado -- and both are flaunted in a new interview and photo shoot the Material Girl gives to Interview Magazine for their May issue. During Madonna's chat (conducted by director Gus Van Sant), she talks about how she balances work and her kids, her trips to Malawi and why Sean Penn has "a fire under his ass." Saucy! Quotes and pics after the jump!
On trips to Malawi: "I go to Malawi twice a year. It's where two of my children were adopted from, and I have a lot of projects there that I go and check up on and children who I look after. It's sort of a commitment that I've made to this country and the hundreds of thousands of children there who have been orphaned by AIDS. I made a documentary about it ['I Am Because We Are,' 2008], and it's just become part of my life. I'm going to meet with Jeffrey Sachs [the economist]. I'm sure you've heard of him. He's starting a global education initiative, and I'm going to be his Girl Friday, so to speak. We're going to hold a press conference to talk about the school for girls that I'm building in Malawi. It's kind of our way of making sure that every kid has a chance to have an education -- more specifically girls, but boys as well. Girls, though, in a lot of developing countries don't have the opportunity to go to school, nor are they encouraged to go to school, so what we're doing is the beginning of a dream. But I'm going to Malawi for lots of reasons."
On her film 'Filth and Wisdom': "I guess it is intimate. I never thought of it like that. It's kind of a small story. But really, if you break it down, it's about the struggle of being an artist. I feel like the three main characters in the film are basically me."
On Sean Penn's work in Haiti: "He's got a fire under his ass, that's for sure. A bee in his bonnet."
On balancing script writing and family: "I tend to write during the day so I can see my children at night. But if my kids aren't with me and I have a chunk of time when I'm a single woman living in my house for a miraculous week, I will get to write at different hours. I mean, we've burned the candle. We've stayed up all night. We've done it every which way. But generally we schedule chunks of time to be together and work on it."
For the full interview and photo spread, check out Interview Magazine!
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