As her transition memoir, The Secrets of My Life, hits stores, Caitlyn Jenner sat down to discuss her love of Breaking Bad, the Golden Girls, and Sarah Brightman.
My favorite book as a child
Of Mice and Men. I remember crying at the end. It might have been assigned for school.
The TV show I love
Overhaulin‘. It’s a show on the Velocity channel where they secretly take people’s cars and redesign them and then surprise the owners with the improvements. [Host] Chip Foose is great.
The last book that made me cry
Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness. It’s her transgender life story, and it made me cry to see her struggles. To know her today as a friend and to see what she went through was heartbreaking.
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The fictional character who is my hero
Superman. I tried out for the part in 1977 for the movie. I got to wear the cape and went to Rome to do the screen test. They had me on hold for the part for almost a year. It was great fun.
The last TV show I binged
Breaking Bad. Did I like it? Absolutely. It was very well done. But it was also exhausting to watch, to see all the stuff this guy went through. I just thought, I’ve got to take a break from this! I’ve got to find the Smurf movie or something.
The actor I would want to play me in a movie
The role has gotten more difficult over the last few years! I was wondering if there’s somebody out there that could play Bruce and also play the struggles of Caitlyn. That’s a hard one to cast. I think Rob Lowe could be good. He’s kind of got this look where maybe he’s the one who could pull that off. It’s all in the eyes.
The fictional group of pals I’ve always felt I belonged with
The Golden Girls. They were classy, they were funny, my kind of humor. That was a great series.
My all-time favorite movie
The Right Stuff. I love aviation and the story of the first man to break the sound barrier, Chuck Yeager. I’ve got such respect for guys that do those types of things. Buzz Aldrin is a great friend. This guy was sitting in a rocket on a launchpad, with millions of tons of TNT underneath him, going to a place that nobody has ever been to before, knowing, “I’m probably going to die doing this, but it’s worth it.” It just fascinates me that people will do that.
The first album I bought with my own money
Janis Joplin’s In Concert. Back when I was in college — we’re talking late ’60s, early ’70s — you only had albums. And I would go over to the library in college, and they had a record player — with headphones, of course, because it’s in a library. (Laughs) And I used to always take that [album] with me and sit down and listen to it. It was just so good. I just love her raspiness and the soul that she put into it. She was great. Never did see her live.
The first concert I ever attended
The actual first live concert I ever went to was in Des Moines, Iowa, in college. And it was Three Dog Night. It was great. I didn’t have any money, so I had the cheap seats way up on top, a million miles away. But it was good! It was really good. I don’t go to too many concerts. There’s only a few people that I’ll actually go to see: Elton John, Billy Joel. That’s my kind of stuff. Good old classic, great music kind of stuff. They’re both so talented: Pianists, writers, singers. They’re like the whole package.
The song that always makes me feel better
There’s nothing better than sitting there and listening to Sarah Brightman doing The Phantom of the Opera and just turning the volume up and listening to that golden voice of hers and just… tearing it up, you know?
The fictional place I’ve dreamed of moving to
The Star Wars version of outer space. I’m a pilot. I’ve been flying for 40 years. I have my own plane. Space travel, to me, is just fascinating.
The last book I gave as a gift
My new book! The only ones to actually read it so far are Kris and Kim.
What I’m reading right now
Golf Digest. I’m not a real big reader of books, just because I grew up a dyslexic kid, so reading, to me, had kind of a negative connotation. I was afraid to go to school because I was afraid the teacher was going to make me read in front of the class. I got so nervous and didn’t want to look bad… you know how that goes. For me, keeping my attention for a really long, long, long period of time is tough. So most of my reading is articles and this or that, mostly smaller stuff. Something I can get through fairly quickly.