Update: Shortly after this interview, Katy Perry released her Birthday video.Watch it here.
Katy Perry is set to debut her “Birthday” music video later today on VEVO and it turns out she’s been burning the midnight oil to finish up the ambitious project in time for the big premiere.
“It’s coming out in a few hours,” Perry told Carson Daly Thursday morning. “I just wrapped the edit at two o’clock in the morning, so I’m a little frazzled. My head is spinning. I’ve only gone through half of my almond milk latte! I’m freaking out, but it’s so exciting.”
She’s dubbed the video her “most insane” yet and it’s easy to see why when you get a look the teaser. Perry crashed real birthday parties disguised as a clown, animal trainer, princess, and past-her-prime dancer.
“This was a very intricate video to make and to shoot. I did five different characters,” she explained. “And basically, they’re all the world’s worst birthday entertainers.”
“All the video footage is hidden camera footage…The adrenaline was running so high because they were real birthday parties.”
“I’m not very good at being kind of mean or ‘punky’ or whatever it is, but we staged a lot of stuff, like in the clown section we staged a car accident.”
TMZ reports that her clown character terrorized a gathering of unsuspecting five-year-olds, but Perry assured that some of the party planners were in on the practical joke the whole time.
“Some of the main people knew and there were a lot of different planted actors. You know, they all thought that they were signing up for this reality program called ‘Birthday Blowouts,’ but for Ace the Animal Trainer who brought a petting zoo to a jumpy castle situation, all of the animals started going awry. It was like an apocalyptic Noah’s Ark. It was crazy.”
“There’s a couple of really adorable, validating moments that make you feel like, ‘Oh yeah, Katy Perry, you’re not a d**k! But basically, you are a d**k,'” Perry continued. “Listen, I’ve made so many kids happy for so long, it’s time to balance this out!”
On being the most-followed person on Twitter:
You guys know how much of a responsibility it is when my butt tweets? It’s so embarrassing! Or like, when I pick a picture to tweet and I’m like, ‘No, no, no! Not that one!’
On preparing for her world tour…
I’m just kind of getting into the mindset. We’ve been working on this tour, we’ve been in production for about three months, but we’ve been planning it for about a year…There’s so many different moving parts. I’m not just someone that walks in with a latte and goes, ‘Okay!’ I’m always a part of every moving part and it can get a little overwhelming, but I think the end result is going to be very exciting for everyone to see.
On rumors that she gave up alcohol to get in shape for her tour…
I did for awhile, but I always hit the bottle late! I only drink once a week. I love a bit of champagne, darling!
On attending Coachella…
[It was] amazing! I love Coachella. I’m so desperate. I’m such a basic. Actually, you know what? My favorite show, surprisingly, not that I wouldn’t expect it to be good, but Pharrell was so great because he brought on incredible guests. He brought out Nelly and Busta and Gwen and a couple other people and then he let us go onstage for the end song, for ‘Happy.’
On Sam Smith…
I saw him play with Disclosure. His range is incredible!…I have a visceral gut reaction to it. Sam is going to be important. He is already, obviously, we’re seeing that, but I think that it’s really exciting to go to Coachella and see all the new music, discover bands.
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles