- [Interviewer] Lilly?
- Hey Joe, I’m in here.
- [Interviewer] Ok, Lilly Singh!
- Job interviews… were.
What’s going on?
- [Interviewer] I better not be throwing a wrench
into your upload schedule with this 73 Question interview.
- Come on, not at all.
You’re welcome any time.
- [Interviewer] What did I stumble
upon you doing right at this second?
- Oh, I was just practicing for a video.
- [Interviewer] And what’s the
next video you’re going to make?
- “If Job Interviews Were Honest.”
- [Interviewer] And this is the room
where you shoot most of your videos…
- Eh, sometimes.
I mean I shoot everywhere in my house, but you know what?
Let me show you.
- [Interviewer] Let’s go.
How do you come up with your video ideas?
- Ooh, I pay attention to the world and the people in it.
Check this out, by the way.
- [Interviewer] Nice.
How do you describe your humor?
- Feel good, relatable, and smart, I hope.
- [Interviewer] Ah, what’s the funniest thing in the world?
- Oh, memes.
- [Interviewer] What’s one thing
that you need every morning?
- Positive self talk.
- [Interviewer] What are three things
that you cannot live without?
- Music, good hugs, and buttery popcorn.
- [Interviewer] What does it feel like
to have more subscribers than there
are people in half the countries in the world?
- I mean I have 13 million subscribers, which is like
26 million eyes that give me a chance every day,
so I’d say I’m pretty fortunate.
- [Interviewer] Can you Tweet something
to all of them right now?
- Yeah, sure.
- [Interviewer] How did you start your channel?
- Ah, I started in 2010 when I was a not so happy person
and making videos made me happy,
so I thought, let’s do more of that.
- Makes sense.
What’s one thing that you’d still bet
most people don’t know about you?
- Ugh, I can’t run or jump.
- [Interviewer] You have more than 2 billion views.
What’s the key to a successful video?
- I think the key to a successful
video is how you define success.
I’d say just try to do something you enjoy.
- [Interviewer] What’d you tweet?
- I said, “There’s a guy in my house
who’s following me around… heart eye emoji.”
- [Interviewer] What’s the deal with this art behind you?
- Ah, this one?
I love it.
I dunno, I just believe that everyone should feel like
they can be their own superhero, ya know?
Especially young kids.
- [Interviewer] Why do you call yourself “Superwoman”?
- Because when I was growing up calling myself “Superwoman”
really helped me through some tough times.
- [Interviewer] Now if you actually did
have a superpower what would it be?
- To pause time so I could take a nap sometimes.
Let’s go over here.
- [Interviewer] You are from Toronto.
What do you miss most about Canada?
Tim Hortons for sure.
- [Interviewer] Now you’re living in L.A.,
can you describe L.A. in three words?
- Sunny, amusing, and gluten-free.
Wait is that four, four words?
- Some would maybe have a hyphen in that, but it’s ok.
All right. What meal would we most likely
find you cooking in this kitchen?
- Ah, KD mac and cheese.
That 99 cent box?
- [Interviewer] What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
- Let me show you.
- [Interviewer] Sure.
- [Interviewer] That is a lot of Skittles.
- I mean it’s one or two.
- [Interviewer] Oh, and that’s a lot
of famous people right there. – Yeah.
- [Interviewer] Oh, and look who I noticed, Mr. Will Smith.
- Right there.
- [Interviewer] What was it like
collabing with Mr. Will Smith?
- You know, it’s so awesome when you meet someone that’s
so talented, but they’re also just a really good person.
You’re like, where do you exist?
How do you exist?
- [Interviewer] Ah, what was it like
interviewing Michelle Obama?
- Ah, right there?
I mean we sang Beyoncé together.
No big deal.
- [Interviewer] And what’s the real deal with Cardi B?
- Cardi B, my girl right there.
Conversation with me and Cardi,
“Yo Cardi, you drippin’ in finesse?”
And she’s like, [impersonates Cardi B].
- [Interviewer] You inspire so many people.
Who are the people that inspire you in life?
- Ugh, so many, but definitely my mom,
Selena Gomez, and The Rock.
In fact, let me show you something upstairs.
- [Interviewer] Ok.
Now, can you describe yourself in a hashtag?
Hey Joe, can you ask me if I can
catch a Skittle in my mouth?
- [Interviewer] Can you catch a Skittle in your mouth?
- Yes. – [Interviewer] Yes.
There’s your documentary
right there. – Mhmm.
- [Interviewer] Unicorn Island.
Where did Unicorn Island come from anyway?
- Unicorn Island is a synonym for my happy place,
so “A Trip to Unicorn Island” is
my documentary that traveled me…
traveled me – followed me as I traveled across the world.
Skittles in the mouth, ya know?
- [Interviewer] What causes are important to you, Lilly?
Education for kids, women’s rights,
and of course spreading girl love.
- [Interviewer] And uh, what’s your spirit animal?
- A unicorn, obviously.
I was just like one.
C’mon. – [Interviewer] So obvious.
And what’s your spirit emoji?
- Praying hands.
I know that people think this is
a high five, but it’s praying hands.
Don’t add me on it.
- [Interviewer] Now you’re pals with
a handful of 73 Question alums.
How do you describe Liza Koshy, Gina Rodriguez,
and your “Fahrenheit 451” co-star Michael B. Jordan?
Liza’s funny, Gina is compassionate,
and Michael is – so charming.
- [Interviewer] Alright now, what this a shooting room for?
- Oh, this is my writing room.
So I write here, I shoot sometimes,
and every once in a while I impersonate my parents.
- [Interviewer] Can you show me an impersonation?
- Right now?
- [Interviewer] Ok.
- Here we go.
- [Interviewer] And.
- “Oy, you want a 74 questions, huh?
Ask Lilly when she going to get bloody married, ok?”
If my mom was here.
- [Interviewer] What are your parents really like in person?
- Ugh, my parents are the best.
They’re so supportive, they’re super cool,
and my mom knows all of Drake’s lyrics.
- [Interviewer] What do – that’s weird.
What did they think of you wanting to
be a rapper when uh you were younger?
- Oh, what do my Indian parents think of me
when I was younger and wanted to be a rapper?
Oh yeah, they were really proud.
- [Interviewer] Can you rap while verifying
the following claims made about you?
- Ugh, rap, yeah I could try.
Ah, ok, this is ah “Fact Flow.”
- [Interviewer] This isn’t planned at all.
All right. Here we go.
Lilly hates taking selfies.
If we meet I don’t mind if a selfie is taken,
but I do prefer genuine conversation.
- [Interviewer] Lilly hates tomatoes.
- It’s true.
I do hate tomatoes, but if it’s in ketchup that’s ok though?
- [Interviewer] And Lilly loves a Carlton dance.
- You know I can do the Carlton dance.
I don’t got two left feet.
If you don’t believe me, Joe, drop a beat.
- [Interviewer] Dunt, duh, dun, dunt, duh, nah, nah.
Wait, are you not gonna flow with me?
- [Interviewer] Ugh, I would never try to rap.
- I’m gonna get you to flow.
- [Interviewer] Ok.
What was your favorite city you visited on your tour?
- Ahh, definitely Singapore.
- [Interviewer] What’s the most adventurous thing
you’ve ever done in your entire life?
- When I was in Kenya I went on a really cool safari.
- [Interviewer] Ok, if you could collaborate with anyone,
living or dead, who would it be?
- Definitely Bob Marley.
Speaking of which, “Three Little Birds,”
favorite song on my wall right there.
- [Interviewer] Very nice.
- But check this out. – [Interviewer] Ok.
- So I was telling you about – a fan got this for me.
Little Dwayne. – [Interviewer] Wow.
You really do like Dwayne Johnson.
- How’d you know, from the doll?
- [Interviewer] Ah yeah, ok.
What is Dwayne really like in person?
- So down to earth.
You could just feel his work ethic
and he’s just everything you hope your role model would be.
- [Interviewer] Did he give you any advice when he met you?
- Yeah, so much.
He said, “No one can take care of you
the way you can take care of you,
so make sure you take care of yourself.”
- [Interviewer] That’s very nice.
So, how has fame changed you?
- I think fame has taught me that I have a purpose
that’s much larger than myself, ya know?
- [Interviewer] Is there a downside to all this fame?
- There’s a downside to everything.
I think everything is a double edged sword.
- [Interviewer] And how does one stay humble?
- It’s easy.
You have good role models.
- [Interviewer] It’s true.
What do you always keep in your closet?
- Ah, let me show you.
It’s right over here.
- [Interviewer] Ok.
- Ah, check this out.
- [Interviewer] Nice closet.
- I love motivational slogans on sweaters.
‘Hustle Harder’ – all day every day.
- [Interviewer] What’s a trend
you hope doesn’t go out of style?
- A trend I hope…
I’m all for it.
- [Interviewer] What does beauty mean to you?
- Honestly, beauty means individuality.
- [Interviewer] Do you think that it’s humanly possible
for you to describe yourself in three words only?
- Funky, ‘Bawse’, tomboy.
- [Interviewer] Why did you name your lipstick, ‘Bawse’?
- I think you’re scared to say it.
You’re nailing it.
Ah, it makes you feel bold and it makes a statement.
- [Interviewer] Now you wrote a book, How to Be a Bawse.
- Killing it once again.
- [Interviewer] And in your book,
you talked openly about your struggle with depression.
How hard was it to open up about that?
- I mean, yeah.
It was definitely difficult and of course, uncomfortable,
but I think there comes a point when you realize
that what you’re doing is positively impacting
so many people so you decide that’s worth it.
- Should we go back downstairs?
- [Interviewer] Ok, let’s do it.
- Let’s do it. – [Interviewer] So what
are you reading right now?
- Ugh, all the movie scripts for all the auditions.
- [Interviewer] What’s on your music playlist?
All day every day.
- [Interviewer] What are you binging on Netflix these days?
- “The End of the F***ing World.”
So-it’s so good.
- [Interviewer] It is good.
- It’s so good.
- [Interviewer] What actress would you play in a movie?
- Selena Gomez, I hope.
- [Interviewer] What actress would
you want to play you in a movie?
- Ah, Emma Watson.
That would be amazing.
I tripped over the thought of it.
- [Interviewer] How do you deal with the haters?
- I just hope they find happiness.
- [Interviewer] Nice. – But check this out.
- [Interviewer] Ok.
- Dwayne gave me this tequila for my birthday.
- [Interviewer] Dwayne Johnson,
you are the man. – Casual, whatever.
It’s casual, casual.
- [Interviewer] Ok. What would
you like to be remembered for?
- I want to be remembered for how I make people feel.
- [Interviewer] What’s your biggest fear in life?
- That I’m gonna stay the same.
- [Interviewer] What advice
would you give your younger self?
- Stop trying to figure everything out
because you’re not gonna.
- [Interviewer] And what do you give
as advice to yourself right now?
- Ah, if it’s considered growth,
then it can’t be considered failure.
- [Interviewer] What is your message
to all the millennials out there watching this video?
- Don’t just hope and pray for your dreams.
Work hard for them.
- [Interviewer] All right, I’m gonna ask the next question
to this special guest right here.
- Ok, cool.
- [Interviewer] It’s your mother.
Lilly’s mom, can you do your
best impression of your daughter?
[Impression of Lilly]
- [Interviewer] It’s identical.
- Ok, I don’t even sound like that.
- [Interviewer] Yes. – [Sigh]
- [Interviewer] Yes, yes you do.
Lilly, that is you.
- Bye mom. Thanks.
That was great, thanks.
- [Interviewer] If you ran YouTube
for a day what would you do?
- Oh, definitely ban clickbait, titles, and thumbnails.
- [Interviewer] What are your favorite comments to receive?
- The ones that say “You inspire me to work hard.”
I love those.
- [Interviewer] Sweet.
You launched a social media campaign,
#GirlLove a few years ago.
Why’d you start that?
- I just want young girls to feel like they don’t
need to fight with one another growing up, ya know?
I want them to understand that we’re stronger together.
- [Interviewer] What’s the most
controversial thing that you’ve ever said?
- That I’m a feminist.
- [Interviewer] Why is that controversial?
- Because a lot of people don’t
know what the word feminist means.
They think feminist means man hating, but that’s not true.
It just means that if you’re a feminist you’re not a sexist.
- [Interviewer] Do you have any regrets?
- I do.
I regret all the time I spend regretting things.
- [Interviewer] I would regret it if you didn’t
show me a secret talent in this video.
- [Interviewer] Do you think you can do that for me?
- Yeah, yeah, yeah. Ok, um…
- [Interviewer] Ok… – Do you see this?
- [Interviewer] Yeah. – It’s a very sharp needle.
It might look like it’s not there, but it’s there.
Oh, it’s really sharp.
Ok, I’m gonna put a string through it…
- [Interviewer] Uhuh. – Just like that…
- [Interviewer] Yup. – And now
I’m gonna put it through my lip.
It’s very graphic.
I know, I’m sorry.
I’m gonna tie it to my lip, the string.
- [Interviewer] Oh…
- Sign me.
- [Interviewer] Can I ask you one more question?
Lilly Singh I gotta go, and I know
you’re like ‘oh no,’ but last cue I’m gonna throw
is what you think about my flow?
- Mmm, dang Joe!
- [Interviewer] That’s good.
I’m gonna leave on that note. – That was fire.
- [Interviewer] That was my last question anyway.
Lilly… – Thank you so, so much.
- [Interviewer] Oh this was great.
- Oh you’re welcome, anytime.
- [Interviewer] Alright. See ya later.
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