So I interviewed YouTube star IISuperwomanII earlier this year and it was one of the most interesting chats I’ve had in a while – I genuinely feel like I share something with this woman, I can relate to her in many respects. We spoke about her rap career before #LEH, her role in Dr. Cabbie which got her juices going for acting and eating ice cream with M.I.A BECAUSE SOMETIMES LIFE GETS REAL.
I’ve re-posted it from MTV right below – enjoy and that!
Word on road is that you’ve been filming a lot recently. Can you tell us what you’re up to?
I will say that nothing is confirmed but I’m definitely trying to get my foot into Bollywood! My Hindi is really crappy but I’m trying and I do want to get a bit more into the mainstream of things, whether it is Hollywood, Bollywood… even musically.
I can imagine you being in comedies, just generally. Do you feel like being labelled as a ‘south Asian female’, or just labelling in general, is part of a bigger problem?
IISuperwomanII: It’s been the biggest hurdle and the biggest blessing. I’m not naïve; I know if I wasn’t that unique south Asian female YouTuber I probably wouldn’t have gained the attraction I did – I would have fallen into that generic category with all the other YouTubers. Having said that, no matter what I do on a universal level, I’m always going to be ‘that brown YouTuber’… it is a bit annoying at times, because I’m more than that. I personally don’t believe in terms like ‘my people’ and all that stuff, so it definitely does get irritating at times.
I can relate, being from a similar background. It is annoying – we’re all just human beings at the end of the day.
IISuperwomanII: Yeah… especially when people message you like, ‘you should discuss this because they’re your people’ – I’m very big on not believing in that term. I believe everyone is my people! So when people tell me to do videos on Punjabi people or ‘brown stuff’ because ‘these people should be most important’… no, I’d rather make a video about self-esteem that can apply to everyone.
Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
IISuperwomanII: I would love to see myself acting in movies or on a TV show; I was on set last year for a small role in a film called Dr Cabbie and I fell in love with the whole experience of being on set. Right now I shoot edit and direct all of my videos myself, so to go on set and have everything set in place so you can just focus on being creative in acting… I really love that.
Sweet. Who is the most interesting person you’ve met throughout your journey?
IISuperwomanII: One of the most interesting and inspirational people I have met would be Kunal Nayyar, who is Raj from The Big Bang Theory. Me and him became really good friends on the set of Dr Cabbie and since then he’s taken me to watch the taping of the Big Bang Theory; he’s just taught me so much and is the most humble, down-to-earth guy you’d ever meet. He gave me the best piece of advice: ‘when you’re acting, a lot of people are so concerned with how they look; just forget about that and act as the character.’ I feel like that was the most simple but best advice anyone’s every given me. He’s an awesome actor.
The second person would be M.I.A. She reached out to me on Twitter and we went out for ice cream; she’s just the most interesting person I’ve ever met. She’s super real and exactly what you think she would be like; that’s how she is.
Speaking of musicians, you reference rap lyrics in your videos a lot. Who is your favourite artist and why?
IISuperwomanII: Oooooh… I love Beyoncé! [Laughs] I love Drake, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez… you can take that and do what you want with it. [Laughs] A lot of people hear that and are like ‘so you like Selena Gomez AND Nicki Minaj?’ because they’re so different; but I have the biggest girl crush on Selena. My all-time favourite person to listen to when I need to relax or de-stress is Bob Marley though. I’m absolutely obsessed. I’ll also jam to Justin Bieber [laughs]. I’m down for anything that can evoke emotion out of me.
I’ve seen you rap in your videos. Is it purely for fun or can we expect to see you drop a musical project sometime this year?
IISuperwomanII: I actually started rapping in high school before I started making YouTube videos and I sucked so badly! [Laughs] Even now I don’t think it’s my greatest strength, but I know if I actually sit down and work on it that I have the ability to do some pretty awesome stuff. I use it in a comedic sense right now because it’s almost my way of testing the water. But one of my goals this year is to actually drop a serious mixtape, or something along those lines. Out of everything I do, I think writing lyrics are something I enjoy the most. It’s up there with videos; not past it, but up there.
What’s your favourite feel-good quote?
IISuperwomanII: Your past does not define who you are; it’s a part of who you will become.
Check out the full interview on MTV’s The Wrap Up. The rest of my conversation with Miss Lilly Singh can be found on MTV Voices.
PS. Above image is property of Unicorn Island