Bankrate: On what level have you matured and on what level do you still
consider yourself a teen?
Macy Gray: I don't go to clubs anymore, which is a real sign I'm getting
older. I like to go to Fashion Week and see all the new clothing trends instead. I'll go to dinner or birthday parties,
but no clubs anymore.
I remember when I was young and
going there, I'd see older people and we would
always call them "Uncle" and make fun
of them. For the first time, I'm thinking about
my future and the stability of it. I've always
lived in the moment and never really thought about
a year or two from now. But I'm thinking more
about my finances and maybe that's because of
Bankrate: Where and how do you like to spend your money?
Macy Gray: I like gambling -- Las Vegas or anywhere really. I like playing
poker and I'm actually pretty good at it. (She came in third place in a Celebrity Poker Tournament) If not poker, than
I also love traveling to Europe. I like going to new places and seeing new cultures, new faces. You
realize how small America is. And I'm attached to massages. There's nothing like spending money on a good massage. And
I like going to movies and spending money on food. Plus I like going to comedy clubs because I like to laugh. I think
it's crucial to have a good time and laugh, and I laugh easily anyway.
Bankrate: Do you like to live extravagantly?
Not really. My clothing line is coming along,
slowly. "Humps" is for voluptuous women and it's
within my Natalie Hinds collection. But that's
a lot of work. A perfect day for me is not lavish
at all. It's laying in bed all day. I love those
days; and then I'll get out of bed around 8 p.m.,
finally get up and go have dinner and then back
to bed and read. I think that's one of the best
Bankrate: What are some recent books you enjoyed?
Macy Gray: I remember two years ago, I read "In My Skin," a book for teenagers
about a black girl who discovers herself and how her race impacts her life. It was really interesting. I was raised to
think that my color was really powerful.
I had a mother who was really into
civil rights. From her point of view, being black
was the best thing and I never felt inferior or
not being able to have things. That was great,
but at the same time, when racism is being thrown
at me, I don't notice it that much because, in
my head, I'm just as cool as everybody else. So
the book was different because this girl was almost
consumed by racism.
Bankrate: If you were to write a song on your life, what would it be called?
Macy Gray: "The Sexiest Woman Alive."