13 Embarrassing Questions for Jackie Collins
BY Louis Virtel
June 06 2008 12:00 AM ET
Jackie Collins makes us blush, and she’s damn proud of it. The 70-year-old romance novelist, who still produces a best seller with her every release, explores the lush sex adventures of Sunset Strip-savvy heroines. Candor -- lurid, vulgar, cheeky candor -- is the name of the game. But when Jackie Collins is forced to reveal her own embarrassments regarding lust, love, and the attacks of critics, does she finally blush? The Advocate set out to ply the saucy septuagenarian with a refreshingly unladylike interrogation.
You're loaded. What’s the filthiest thing you've dropped a bundle on? The filthiest thing is a car. I love cars. I have a passion for cars, so I guess it would be my Jaguar. It’s champagne[-colored], of course. It's very fast. It’s so fun to drive down to the beach with and play really loud music. I'm really into making my own CDs, and I love -- not singing on them, thank you, just putting together artists I like -- I just made a fabulous one yesterday with Amy Winehouse and her original CD, Frank. Do you know that one? It’s unbelievable. I'm thoroughly crazy about "Fuck Me Pumps." And also Madonna’s "She’s Not Me" off Hard Candy. "She’s Not Me" is fabulous. So that’s what I like to do -- I like to spend my money on a fast car and get in there, play some music, and you know, zip off to the beach.
Your book sales competition seems pretty fierce and prolific. I imagine it’s quite daunting. Still, do you own any of Danielle Steel’s books? Do you have a favorite? I love Danielle. She’s a friend of mine. I have her whole collection, because she sends them to me, and I send mine to her. I send my books to her signed, she sends her books to me signed. She’s a fabulous character; she should be in one of her own books. I would say the one about the guy who comes and stays in the guesthouse is my favorite.
You're obviously brassy, but who still has the power to intimidate you? You know, I'm very happy to say nobody. Does that sound terrible? I'm full of confidence because, I guess, I've met so many people, seen so much, and done so much that I'm not easily intimidated. And I can't think of anybody who would actually intimidate me. I was always a very street-smart kid, so when I first came to Hollywood when I was 15, and I was an actress in my teenage years for a short time, always playing the Italian girl -- I would go into an interview, and some guy would say [lowering her voice], "Well, honey, let’s have dinner and discuss the part." And I would always say, "Take your part for yourself," and I would leave. So I was always that street-smart kid, you know?
The sex in your new book occurs frequently, and largely without speed bumps. Tell us -- what’s your most magnificent sex accident? Have you ever injured your partner? I have never injured anyone! [Laughs] Though I nearly drowned someone once. In Acapulco we were having great sex in the pool. Which is wonderful. Sex in the pool is great. Have you tried it? I'm sure you have. Well, anyway, you get carried away, and you know, you're under the water. And all of the sudden you try to struggle up for breath, but somebody else is … not wanting to come up for breath.