The two-page interview titled “What I’ve Learned” is a monthly feature in the men’s magazine that features a celebrity opining on personal life lessons. Interviewed by Esquire writer-at-large Cal Fussman, Jameson offers various nuggets on fan adulation, politics, her book and debating at Oxford University.
Below are some of the interview’s highlights.
On her rabid fans:
I’ll be out having a good time and stick my gum on the side of my cup — I know, it’s a horrible habit — and people will steal the cup. I’ve had girls come up in crowds and rip out my hair. Not because they’re being mean. Because they want a piece of me. It’s really weird.
On the design of her bathroom:
I did my bathroom like that on purpose. The photo of Jean Harlow. The one of me spread-eagle across from the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. I think what you see is a beautiful contradiction. That room is me in a nutshell.
On being a powerful woman:
I’m a powerful woman. I think that’s intimidating to a man, on every level. That’s why I always go out of my way to be ultranice and ultrasweet and coy, because it makes people feel comfortable, and I want people to feel comfortable around me before I put them in a headlock.
On anal sex:
There are certain things that I just didn’t feel comfortable with on film, and anal sex was one of them. It’s just too intimate. To this day, I equate doing it with only someone that I 100 percent trust. It’s very private for me.
I hate getting political and stuff, but when really right-wing people get into office, they worry about things that should be the least of our worries. Whether or not I’m getting it doggy style from a black man should not be their concern. They should be worrying about health care, about our homeless, about the war. How about bringing the troops home? Call me crazy.
On her New York Times bestselling book:
I remember finishing my book and thinking, Okay, now I’m going to settle down, and have kids. I’m going to ride off quietly into the sunset. Now look. It seems like I will forever be that crazy girl who never rides off into the sunset. I’m always going to be the one riding the fucking bronco. In assless chaps.