Shania Twain Talks Fanboy Diplo, Brad Pitt & Cooking for David Copperfield in Las Vegas (Exclusive)
By Leena Tailor
December 9, 2019
Shania Twain has just launched her “Let’s Go” residency in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in-between inviting DJ fanboy Diplo to come jam backstage and hoping Brad Pitt turns up in the front row, the songstress has another star keeping her busy -- David Copperfield
ET’s Lauren Zima caught up with the 54-year-old Canadian singer at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater, home of her new residency show, where she dished on the craziest thing she’s done in Sin City.
“This is kind of crazy … I have to recook David Copperfield's meat because he doesn’t like it too raw,” she dished. “Sometimes we'll eat late after the show because he has a late show and [at] midnight/one in the morning, I’ll order some food in and some meat never comes cooked enough, so I always recook it.”
“It's kind of crazy, right?” Twain continued. “The weird thing about it is that I have to cook his meat. I'm like, ‘David, just ask for it more well-done.’ It's steak and I have to recook it. Chef Shania!”
However, chances are Vegas life might even get stranger when Twain’s loyal follower, Diplo, comes to hang at Zappos Theater. The musician was in full fanboy mode when he got to meet Twain on ET’s interview platform at the recent 2019 American Music Awards.
And, Twain dished that the two have since exchanged numbers!
“He's gonna come to the show!” Twain shared. “And, when he does, I’ll make sure that we have a chance to maybe jam backstage and have a couple guitars back there.”
Someone else who Twain is hoping might pop in backstage or to her show is Brad Pitt, who she famously referenced in her 1997 hit, “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Reflecting on how Pitt made his way into the lyrics, Twain explained how it came about after a scandal involving Pitt and his ex, Gwyneth Paltrow’s, nude photos being published in Playgirl.
“I thought it was a horrible invasion on them and I just sort of took the other angle of it,” she said. “He's so gorgeous, clothed or naked, so I just did that as an exaggeration ... being playful.”
“It doesn’t impress me much that I still have not met Brad Pitt, come on!” Twain also said.
While she awaits Pitt turning up, in her dressing room, Twain can reflect on all the great artists who have shared her new Zappos Theater home. The venue currently hosts Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson, and was previously home to Jennifer Lopez’s All I Have show as well as the record-breaking Larger Than Life residency by Twain’s longtime pals, the Backstreet Boys, whose band member AJ McLean showed his support by turning up for opening night.
“I think about [who else has shared the dressing room] when I’m in there!” Twain said. “I think about the Backstreet Boys, and all of the people who have gone through here. I mean, Jennifer! I haven't found anything [left behind] yet. I should start looking like under the cushions.”
Of course, it’s the action on stage which fans are flocking to Vegas for, with Twain’s new “Let’s Go” show featuring around eight costumes, eight “hot guy dancers”, two hairstyles, several pairs of boots and sequins which she says number “probably in the millions." With fun saloon vibes, she says she “milks the country vibes” in her discography and even busts out a song that fans have been pleading with her to perform for years -- “Forever and For Always.” The track even sees her serenade her pet pup, Melody, on stage!
“I'm not sure if I've ever even done that live in concert before, but fans are always asking about it,” she said. “I wanted to make it a very intimate experience, so I broke it all down with just a few instruments and brought Melody into it. It's very much one of those singer-songwriter songs that I would have written just sitting on my sofa at home, so I wanted to recreate that whole vibe.”
“It’s hard to sing,” she added with a laugh, explaining why she hadn’t performed the song before. “I think it would be hard to sing for anyone. Actually, Prince recorded that song, but changed the melody. He and I had never talked about it in person -- I only heard it recently and didn't know whether he had changed the melody because it was a weird place to go. Of course, he could have done anything with his voice, but it is a hard one to sing live. I’m happy it's back in the show.”
As Twain forges on with her next musical chapter in Vegas, her son, Eja, is meanwhile following his musical genes.
“He's very passionate about making music, creating music, composing music -- he doesn't have this desire to be on stage,” Twain shared. “I'm not sure if he would ever go in that direction. He's following more in the footsteps of creating the music. He loves to orchestrate music. I'm very happy for him!”