The Mullumbimby-raised rapper reflects on love, life lessons and the pull of a box of doughnuts. Interview by Alison Boleyn.
What’s your greatest strength?
And what’s your greatest weakness?
What scares you?
My career sometimes scares me because I work so much. I get worried that I won’t find anybody to have a family with because I’m always busy.
What virtue do you most admire in people?
What’s one thing about you that would surprise people?
I’m not actually an a**ehole.
If you could have dinner with two famous people, who would you choose?
Tupac and Rihanna. They’d fall in love and I’d tell everyone I’m a great matchmaker.
What’s your most treasured possession?
My Tyrannosaurus rex tooth collection. I love looking at them and thinking about all the places they’ve been over the millions of years before they ended up with me. It makes me think about time and the universe and puts things into perspective.
If you could do any other job, what would it be?
I’m very lucky because I already work in the other field I like, television production. I really enjoy creating stories and sparking people’s imaginations. [Azalea has signed a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios and has optioned rights to young-adult novel Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews.]
What travel experience is on your bucket list?
I’d love to visit some of the islands in the Philippines and jump off the cliffs into the ocean. It just looks really beautiful.
If you were down to your last $20, what would you spend it on?
Probably a box of doughnuts from Randy’s in LA and a ticket to the movies.
How do you switch off?
I go horseback riding to get my mind off things and away from my phone.
If you could turn back time, what would you change in your life?
I wish I hadn’t ignored a lot of red flags in my life, both professional and personal. I would trust my intuition more.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Trashy reality TV: The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a creative, fun, outgoing woman.
What is the most Australian thing about you?
I can drink anyone under the table, though I rarely touch a glass of alcohol. And I still love Vegemite.
If you were an animal, what would it be?
Probably a dolphin or a monkey, because I like to talk a lot.
Where would we find you at a party?
What’s your idea of absolute happiness?
It’s complicated and it changes as I change. Currently, it’s just waking up and eating breakfast in my backyard in the sun. ￼
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