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METRO WEEKLY: What’s on your nightstand?
MELISSA ETHERIDGE: My clock radio, the speaker to my surround sound system in the bedroom, and a light.
MW: What’s in the drawer of your nightstand?
MELISSA: Lip balm, the remote controls to my surround sound system, and a — how can I put this? — a marital aid.
MW: What’s in your DVD player?
MELISSA: Kid’s movies — Tarzan. The Disney one.
MW: What’s the most memorable pickup line you’ve ever heard?
MELISSA: Would you like to have dinner with me? It’s the only pickup line I’ve ever heard because [Tammy Lynn] is the first girl who ever asked me out.
MW: Boxers, briefs or other?
MELISSA: If I’m sleeping, boxers. If I’m out in the world, it’s other.
MW: How many hair styling products do you own?
MELISSA: I have a lot of hair products. I probably use only one or two at a time, but a girl’s gotta have a drawer full just in case.
MW: Name someone you admire.
MELISSA: Oprah Winfrey. She’s been able to stay in her truth and be very successful and helpful to the world.
MW: Who’s your greatest influence?
MELISSA: Bruce Springsteen. His choices, his craft, the heart of his music I’ve always enjoyed and been inspired by.
MW: What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon when you were a kid?
MELISSA: The Archies.
MW: What’s your biggest turn on?
MELISSA: Tammy [Lynn Michaels].
MW: Biggest turn off?
MELISSA: Overt sex. Not necessarily pornography but something that’s not sensual, not mysterious.
MW: Who should star in a movie about your life?
MELISSA: Britney Murphy.
MW: Who was your first celebrity crush?
MELISSA: Kristy McNichol.
MW: Name something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet tried.
MELISSA: Drive a motorcycle.
MW: Name something you’ve tried that you never want to do again.
MELISSA: Marry a straight woman.
MW: Name a bad habit you’d like to get rid of instantaneously.
MELISSA: The first thing that comes to mind is Pop Tarts, but I don’t think I’m going to stop eating them.
MW: Who would you like to trade places with for a day?
MELISSA: Dick Vermeil, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. I want to tell the team what to do for a day.
MW: What kind of animal would you be?
MELISSA: A Siberian Husky.
MW: What kind of plant would you be?
MELISSA: A big bushy evergreen Christmas tree.
MW: What kind of car would you be?
MELISSA: A Porsche Carrera.
MW: If you could travel back in time, what year would you most like to visit?
MELISSA: 1993, when Clinton became president.
MW: What are you most grateful for?
MELISSA: I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow, that every day is a new day, that any mistake or problem or issue that’s right here today, I have an opportunity to work through.
MW: State your life philosophy in ten words or less.
MELISSA: Be strong, speak true.
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