You haven’t appeared on screen since 2003’s Stuck on You. Is that because your Las Vegas show has kept you busy?
I did a world tour for three and a half years. Then I was really tired and didn’t wanna work. After a while, I get bored. Movies are much more difficult than singing. Singing is like going to a party at someone else’s house. Acting is like having the party at your house.
As someone who successfully crossed over from music to movies, did you offer Christina Aguilera any advice?
We would talk about how you have to find some part of it that’s real for you even if you haven’t had the experience. Acting is hard to explain, because it always sounds pompous. When we were in the scene, I knew how to help her.
It seems like musicals are more popular than ever. Why is that?
Because life is so hard right now and everything is so negative. Acting leaves off in a certain place, but music takes you that one step higher.
Do you ever imagine a day when you’ll retire?
Well, at some point you get too old. If people want to see you and you can do it, then you should do it. I like writing and directing. At some point, I think I would like to develop stuff and work with other people. You can kind of do that until you can’t move anymore.