Waters: “That’s the electric chair from Female Trouble that Divine gets in at the very end. The Auditions sign—we don’t really do auditions here—is a Mike Kelley sculpture piece that’s supposed to look like, you know, at the Chateau Marmont where one day they’d put it up. But yeah, that’s actually an art piece.”
“This is from Guys and Dolls, a prop that Johnny Depp gave me when we finished making Cry Baby.”
A collage piece called Chorus 1 by Vincent Fecteau sits on the wall of the staircase.
“I have a lot of fake food around the house.” Why do you have so much fake food? “I dunno, I guess so I won’t eat it all?”
Fake food sitting in the kitchen next to a Magritte print of Young Girl Eating a Bird.
Some CDs from his collection, including a compilation of covers of “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” Benjamin Grosven’s Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Keren Ann’s 101, Lykke Li’s Wounded Rhymes, Gang Gang Dance’s Eye Contact, PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake, Wye Oak’s The Knot, Yelawolf’s Radiaoctive, and Zola Jesus’s Conatus.
“This is my favorite book title of all time.” What’s it about? Have you read it? “No! I just love the title!”
“This is my bulletin board where I put things that inspire me. I think it’s just such a good idea and everybody should have one in their house, just a place where you can put images.”
“These are two tabloid moments captured by, I don’t know—we ordered them online—but this is Michael Jackson dangling his baby, the moment that caused the scandal, and this is Britney getting out of the limousine showing her private area!”
Waters pulling out some of his favorites from his book collection. This one is Dad’s in Prison by Margaret Speed.
Single and Pregnant
“This is a piece of artwork done by the artist Susan Lowe. She has been in many of my movies.”
“Here’s a fake cat. Just make sure people know it’s fake, because I would never have a white cat!”
Why do you love Justin Bieber so much? “Just ’cause he makes me laugh so much.”
“This is my desk where I sit down every single day to write my book.”
“Now I have to take your picture, because I take a picture of everybody that comes into the house. So you can take a picture of me taking a picture of you!”
The Polaroid of me.
On a side table in the living room there’s a picture of Liberace, a Jeff Koons plate, a Yoshitomo Nara ashtray, and a photo of Anita Ekberg.
Waters’s living room
The living room. Bye, John Waters! Thank you for having me over. Love, Hazel.
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