The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 13, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Original Song
(“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”)
Have they asked you to be the next Bond girl?
[She laughs.] No.
You’ve won a lot of music awards, so how does it feel to win a movie award?
It’s absolutely amazing. It’s very surreal and quite hilarious because it’s not my field. Grammys and stuff, although it’s mind-boggling to win Grammys, whether it be one or how many, this [Golden Globe], amazing actors have this award. It’s very weird but incredible.
How do you feel tonight and where do you find your inspiration?
I feel very excited tonight. I feel a little bit over-excited. It’s my first night out since I had my child. And my inspiration normally comes from heartbreak, but I don’t think I’m going to be devastated again anymore, so it’s all good.
“Skyfall” is the kind of song that sticks in people’s heads. Is there a recent song that got stuck in your head?
Yeah, the Gotye song “Somebody That I Used to Know.” It had a xylophone vibe going. It was wonderful. And obviously, it was the biggest song of the year. I’ll just follow the crowd.
Have you seen Bill Clinton backstage?
I didn’t even know he was here! [She laughs.] I don’t know where he is.
What was the first James Bond film you ever saw?
The first Bond film I watched, it was definitely a Pierce Brosnan one, because I’m only 24, so I don’t really go back that far with the old gold classics. I can’t remember the one it was, actually. It was one where he on a speedboat going down the River Thames. That was the first one.
And the Daniel Craig ones. He’s so edgy as Bond. He’s completely turned the vibe around as Bond for the better, I think. It’s real kind of elegant Bond films. Pierce Brosnan was my first Bond, and Daniel Craig will be my Bond forever.
You said at first that you were reluctant to do a James Bond movie theme song. Why did you not want to do it?
It’s a huge responsibility and a lot of pressure to do a song, let along a Bond song. Shirley Bassey is the queen of Bond. So that pressure was huge. I had a huge, weird, strange, bizarre year with my album “21,” which just shot me to beyond fame. It was ridiculous.
And I was pregnant. I had my child two weeks before the film came out. So it was bad timing. That’s why I didn’t know if I wanted to do it.
Do you feel a part of the massive success of the “Skyfall” movie, which has become the highest-grossing James Bond film of all time?
I’m really not made that aware of sales and figures, really, but it was talked about [“Skyfall”] being the most successful Bond and stuff like that. It was a billion-dollar movie. And I got reminded of that when I went and sat with Sony. Yeah, I do pay attention. We’re very proud of the movie, and we’d be very proud of the movie did nothing as well.
It’s such an honor to be involved with it. [“Skyfall” director] Sam Mendes was wonderful. The script was really exciting. Normally. I write about my misery. And this time, I wrote a song according to someone’s script. So that was exciting and challenging but very great.
On behalf of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who does it feel to win this award?
It’s absolutely amazing. Like I was saying, it’s kind of out of my comfort zone. I wasn’t expecting it. I took the risk and I was really proud of it, but I really, really wasn’t expecting it. It’s beyond everything I ever thought of, really.
The next step is an EGOT [Emmy Grammy Oscar Tony], is it? So I’ve got to go to Broadway and be in a TV show. I’m going to do it. I’m going to do a Whoopi [Goldberg]. I’m going to do it. [She laughs.]
How has motherhood changed you? And what is your son’s name?
I’m exhausted. I’ve got eczema from sterilizing so much bottles in water. And I’m not revealing his name. I’m not ready. It’s too personal and intimate. I’m enjoying him on my own at the moment, but thank you for asking.
For more info: Golden Globe Awards website
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