Name 5 songs that are significant to you.
Ocean Bed - Zoo Kid
Lust For Life - Girls
Vanessa - Grimes
Strawbear - Keaton Henson
Peaches En Regalia - Frank Zappa
What is your earliest memory?
I think we flew to Amsterdam. My mum is a fashion and textiles teacher at a university, and she took a massive coach-load of students to Amsterdam. I remember as we got off the plane, getting on to the coach with all these students... I don’t know whether I’ve made it up or not, but I’m pretty sure there was this big sunset, and I remember it coming into the windows of the coach, and there were posters of art galleries on the front of the coach, and all these students in front of me, and me being like *makes sound that embodies ‘oh my god’*.
Can you identify a turning point on your life?
At the time, I didn’t think of it as a turning point, but it was a turning point. It was definitely the summer between year 9 and year 10. We went skinny-dipping and we were all like ‘we’re so free and wild!’ After that summer, I stopped trying to be me, and I just was. It was quite a big transformation.
What is the last photo on your phone?
[I ask: Can you take photos on your phone?]
Absolutely not. My phone is... How do I say this? People laugh at it, and say ‘that’s sweet.’ How kind of you!
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
When I was younger, I always used to think this. I’d always say I’d get 10 more wishes. Then I read this really horrible story and it was about a girl who went to a magic cactus, something weird happened, but the cactus told her that she could have one wish, and then she was like ‘I want 10 more wishes’ and then the cactus dies because she’d been so greedy. WHAT. WHAT. I mean, I understand, it’s like the moral of the story, but one wish? It’s kind of a big thing.
If money wasn't an object, what would you do for the rest of your life?
I would make Super 8 films, and I would make them about everything. My grandpa used to make them in the 60s and he used to make little art films out of them. Also, with a Super 8 projector, you get this amazing clicking *demonstrates clicking sound*. They’re all so raw, and *joyous spasm* yeah... That’s what I’d do.
Let’s try some word association. I’m going to say a word, and you say the word that immediately pops in to your mind.
This might bring out some deep, psychological problems.
I want to say 'Happy', but I’m also feeling 'Family'.
Good word. And 'Life.'
'Endless'. I don’t know, 'Life', that was weird... With my life, I can visualise it, I can see a timeline. It’s very much, like, I know where I am on my timeline... I don’t know why I said 'Endless'. It just came out.
When was the last time you cried? Who were you with?
I cry all the time. Literally, ALL the time. Didn’t cry yesterday... *seld-directed* WHAT?! When did I last cry...? Friday. I cried because I had an argument with my Mum. I am a very emotional person when it comes to family. I’ll always argue with my family, and be like ‘YOU’RE SO MEAN TO ME’ and then run away, and then after that, I’ll be fine, and be like ‘yep, that’s my emotion for the day. That’s fine. We’re over that.’
When was the last time you properly laughed? Who were you with?
Yesterday. My friend, he’s so big-headed. I think I bring this out in a lot of people where they say things around me that they wouldn’t necessarily say around other people. Basically, whenever I see him by himself, he just starts talking about how amazing he is. I find this really funny. So yesterday, we were on the phone, and he was saying how he’d come up with this amazing proverb. [commence script-like format here]
Rachel: You’ve come up with a proverb? Like actually created a proverb?
Friend: Yeah, yeah.
Rachel: *preparing herself* Okay. Okay, okay.
Friend: See, it’s really difficult for people like me and you, Rachel.
Rachel: What? What are you talking about?
Friend: It’s really difficult for people like us.
Rachel: What do you mean by ‘us’, J****? What are you talking about?
Friend: I mean, because we’re both, like, really good at everything, ‘cause like, we’re both really popular...
Rachel: J****, you may say this about yourself, do NOT say it about me, keep it to yourself.
Friend: But come on, Rachel, really. Like, everyone just worships us.
Rachel: STOP THIS NOW. Please, stop. Okay, J****, just tell me the proverb.
Friend: Okay. Okay, look, this made me really, really sad. I came up with this the other day, and I was sad for the whole day.
Friend: *deep breath* “Nobody can be the best at everything.”
*laughs for 10 straight minutes*
Can you tell me about one of the best moments of your life?
I went to Iceland, and I went in the Blue Lagoon, and I was just so calm. I was in this state of complete calm. I would literally pay anything in the world to go back there. Imagine being in the best bath you’ve ever been in. It’s completely outdoors, with opaque, light blue, water. There’s steam everywhere, and you’re just so warm, and you’re like ‘mmm, I want to BE the lagoon!’
What are you most proud of?
The i-D thing was pretty cool. I walked for Meadham Kirchoff for about 4 of their shows. Then the casting woman from that was like ‘do you want to go to this casting? But it’ll be during your revision time for mocks. It’s for i-D magazine though.’ I was like ‘I’ll go for the casting, see what happens, if I get it, I get it.’
4 days later, she was like ‘okay, you got it.’ The stylist said ‘you need to have like a personal object, a personal accessory.’ I was like ‘what.’ But I wear clips in my hair, so I brought my clips. So I went down there, waited for, like, 5 hours, and then we did it, and it was really nice.
What can you say is the strongest aspect about yourself?
Probably the fact that I can just talk to anyone. Well, most people. I can just jabber on for hours. But when I find people I can’t talk to, I find it really weird. Like, really difficult if you have to try really hard.
And what is your weakest?
My weakest aspect is that I have so many ideas and so many little things which I wanna do, and so many things I want to keep on doing, and I plan all this stuff and meet all these people, and I just physically can’t fit it all in. So I stop, and I’m like ‘I have to stop this, I have to stop this, etc.’ And then, it seems my plans for everything have gone, and I’ll be like ‘oh no! That’s rubbish!’ So, I’d say it was time management that I’m not very good at.
What is your ideal holiday?
I’d like to go on a road trip around California. I’ve planned it all out. Fly to San Fransicso, stay there for a week or two, then drive down Highway 1, stop off at places like Big Sur, spend a couple of days in LA. Then, I’d drive to, like, Coachella, and then Palm Springs. I’d want to get a camper van, and drive through the desert, and go to the Burning Man festival, and then go to Nevada, all around there, and then go back to San Francisco. Yeah.
What would be one piece of advice you'd give to a stranger?
Don’t try to be anyone you’re not. Just be whatever you want to be.