Andy Warhol’s Interview Interview: Courtney Love

By
Photography Ellen von Unwerth

Published September 11, 2014

ABOVE: COURTNEY LOVE IN INTERVIEW, MARCH 1994. PHOTO BY ELLEN VON UNWERTH.

Before becoming the godmother of grunge, Courtney Love began her career as an actress, with roles in the two 1986 movies Sid & Nancy and Straight to Hell. And even while her band Hole is on indefinite hiatus, she is hard at work shooting scenes for her upcoming appearance on Sons of Anarchy. But, as she tells Andy, she’s learning to be a little bit more comfortable.

ANDY WARHOL: What do you think about love?

COURTNEY LOVE: It is the core of everything—nothing survives without it.

WARHOL: What kind of clothes do you like now?

LOVE: Victoria Beckham and Valentino, but I’m in a very sparse, androgynous phase, as I’m acting, and I don’t feel the need to always be “fabulous.” So a lot of Rick Owens for comfort and Saint Lauren jeans with Chanel flats.

WARHOL: What did you eat for breakfast?

LOVE: I’m terrible but I don’t eat breakfast. I have tea and then I chant.

WARHOL: What’s the craziest thing a fan has sent you?

LOVE:  A piece of skin with my face tattooed on it.

WARHOL: What’s your favorite movie?

LOVE: Magnolia.

WARHOL: Do you have a dream role?

LOVE: Yes, but it’s been made into a film now—Venus in Fur.

WARHOL: When do you get nervous?

LOVE: I get nervous about press and about being rejected or disappointing myself.

WARHOL: Are you interested in furniture at all?

LOVE: Yes, extremely, and in wallpaper too.

WARHOL: Do you take showers or baths?

LOVE: Baths, baths, baths.

WARHOL: Do you dream?

LOVE: Yes, I do. I dreamed about a fellow I know in Manhattan. We were in a postapocalyptic setting, having a drink, and staring at each other like panthers ready to strike, like each was food. It was sort of scary.