Aug 29, 2013

The Catcher in the Rye


I was kind of sad and sort of offended that so many of my classmates didn't like The Catcher in the Rye. They are removing it from US school curriculums and that makes me very sad. I wrote about why it is important for kids to read Catcher in the Rye for a school essay. Here is the last paragraph:


Holden Caulfield contains all the emotional turmoil of teenage life.  The Catcher in Rye applies now more than ever. A lot of kids now are out of touch with their emotions and out of tune with other people. Technology has allowed my generation to hide, instead of learning how to relate to people in a healthy manner. Social networking and online communication has made my peers more scared to make mistakes, because they will be humiliated digitally in a second. I think that is why many students feel like they can’t relate to the book. People who don’t have compassion for Holden, don’t feel comfortable opening themselves up to feel certain emotions. It is important for students, because if they read it thoughtfully, with an open heart, it will awaken their compassion for their fellow students and everyone they encounter.

Maybe I'm projecting.





Feb 21, 2013

Guest Blog: Leo Reich


Here is the first guest post on my blog, written by Leo Reich (@leoreich_ on twitter).




Aug 20, 2012

Falling Out of Love with Twitter


I used to write more, before I got addicted to technology. I was going through my old journals from elementary school, pre-cell phone, and saw that I wrote so many short stories and poems. The excuse I tell myself is that I don’t have time, but that isn’t true. I do have time, but I am wasting it reading tweets and looking at Willow Smith’s Instagram. The amount of time that I spend on my phone scares me. The amount of time I see other people on their phones makes me realize that what I’m doing isn’t important and I shouldn’t be wasting my time. Getting invested in other people’s relationships just makes you feel bad about yourself and maybe feeling bad feels good sometimes.
I read into technology too much and it makes me sad. I take every “like” and “follow” personally. I take everything personally in real life as well, so maybe it isn’t different. Constantly having something to do like check Twitter, Facebook and Instagram makes me feel like I don’t have time to do other things like write or read. I feel like my brain is getting smaller and I cant think of any new ideas to write about. Sometimes when I start thinking about things that make me upset or I feel like I am thinking too much, I go on my phone to shut my brain down. I have been thinking about checking my phone the entire time I have been writing this.
I put so much pressure on myself to make sure my writing is good (whatever that means) that I stopped. I gave up and got involved in social networking. All I think about when I don’t have my phone is checking it. When I don’t have it, I don’t feel safe. (I secretly think one of the many reasons I didn’t like summer camp was missing my phone and feeling disconnected.
Why do I tweet? I like twitter because reading about what other people are doing makes you forget about what you have to do. I like Twitter because it makes me laugh. I like Twitter because it informs me when something important has happened. I like Twitter because it makes me feel closer to celebrities that I know I will never be close to. I like Twitter because reading about crazy things other people do makes me feel normal. I like Twitter because people are so  nice to me and it makes me feel happy.
I hate Twitter because it consumes me and I never stop thinking about it. I hate Twitter because it fills my brain with sad news and events. I hate Twitter because people are so mean to me for no reason and I don’t understand why. I hate Twitter because it exposes me to disgusting people who bully others. I hate Twitter because when I get mean messages, I like to look for mean messages about other people I like, because it makes me feel better, like I’m not the only one. I hate Twitter because it makes me jealous. I hate Twitter because it makes me feel bad about myself. I hate Twitter because it makes me feel good about myself.
I bet I will tweet this article.

May 22, 2012

An Interview with Simon Cowell


When I talk on the phone, I try to speak like an overly polite secretary from Mad Men.  I speak calmly and quietly while pacing aggressively.
Interviewing is a lot easier on the phone. Simon did not get to see how terrified I was. He didn’t even know that I was silently squealing the entire time. Another great thing about interviewing someone on the phone is that long pauses are okay. I could smile with my braces without being self-conscious because no one could see me.
Simon Cowell is very smart, and thoughtful and everything I said made me feel like I did not know how to speak English correctly.
MAUDE: 
Hello.
“Maude, how are you?
”
I’m so good, thank you.

“I’ve been looking forward to this, Maude.”
Oh! I’m so excited.

“I hear you’re very good.
”
Oh, hopefully.

“We’re going to find out, Maude.”
Okay, so I know you grew up with your dad working in the music industry.  Did you learn anything from him that helped you pursue this? Did he influence you in any way?

“That’s a good question actually because moms and dads are important, you know, in what you do in life. And with my dad, he was actually a very humble man, so I probably take after my mum. But he taught me a very valuable lesson when I was about 12 years old.  He was chatting about people who worked for him and he said, ‘Simon, everyone around you has an invisible sign on their head and it says “make me feel important”.’  I never forgot that.  As I got older, I was aware that when you work on a big show or when you work for a record label, you have a lot of people around you who do a lot of hard work.  You have to acknowledge what they’ve done. He also taught me though that you have to be your own boss. That was very important.”

Now that the rules have changed about who can audition for X Factor (like repped talent and groups), how do you think this will affect the show?

“I try where I can to take away as many rules as possible because, in general, I’m not a fan of rules. I think they’re boring. And if you introduce more rules then you’ve got to introduce even more rules. We’re kind of the opposite, we try to take away as many as possible. And one of the things that bugged me was that we couldn’t have people who had management contracts.  It sounded crazy because when you run a record label, most of the artist that you want to sign have managers. So I just thought the chances are that we should find better people [without the rules about representation]… If they’ve got representation, they’re probably quite good.  It just makes the show more open.  I’m always confident that there’s one person out there, Maude. You know?”
I know the youngest you can be to audition is 12 years old.  Do you ever think that’s too young? That this is too intense for them?

“I think it’s too old.
”
Really?

“I’ve seen 13 and 14-year-olds… they terrify me nowadays. I mean, you look to Astro…. When he first auditioned, he was 14 and he made me feel about 11.  They’re like a new generation, these kids who audition now. A lot of them have watched these shows before and they’ve grown up on YouTube and Twitter and Facebook and they know much more about the music business than I do.  Like I do with the adults, if I think they’re too nervous for this, I’ll say to them that this isn’t the right time. So they’re kind of screened before they meet me. I was really impressed with the young teenagers on the show last year. I thought they were brilliant.”

Yeah.  Rachel – that’s so amazing that she sang at the White House.  That’s so cool.
“That’s unbelievable. I mean, this girl is 14 going on about 75. She’s got so much confidence. And to do what she did the other day… I could see that she was nervous but she pulled it out. I was really impressed with her.”
Okay, back to social networking and social media – do you think that’s changed the competition and how people respond to the show? How has it affected the show?
“
Again, that’s a very good question.  When I was making these shows ten years ago, you had to sit and wait for the review which could come 48 hours later in a newspaper.  You didn’t know what people were really feeling about the show. When we watch the show now, within about two minutes we know whether we’ve got this show right or wrong. You’ve got this instant feedback.  When I’m watching the show back, I’m watching the Twitter feeds simultaneously and it’s fascinating to see how people respond, whether they like something, they don’t like something.  So it’s like you’ve got millions of people who sort of produce the show with you now.  Because most of what we read about, we incorporate into the show the following week. If they particularly hate something, we’ll drop it. If they particularly like something, we’ll do more of it.  I think if you’re up for criticism and you can handle it, I think it’s the best thing in the world. I really, genuinely do. It’s a much more exciting time to be making shows now than it was ten years ago.”
Do you have any advice for people who want to audition?
“Do you know that I actually think that you shouldn’t ask questions when you audition? I think that all the smart artists that I’ve ever met in my life genuinely know why there is a gap in the market for them, why they are going to be successful and the kind of record they want to make. Those are the really successful artists I’ve met. So when you go to an audition, you’ve got to do your research.  You’ve got to work out why there’s a gap in the market for you and why you’re better than other people because that’s all that record companies want. They want to find something new and hopefully original. And if they do their homework and their research properly now, particularly on You Tube, there’s so many examples of people doing it well.  And I think you’ve got to come in with a lot of confidence.  I don’t mind people who come in with a lot of attitude either, I kind of like that.
”
What would you say about groups auditioning because they’re usually formed on the show? Do you think that will change relationships backstage?  How do you think that will affect the whole chemistry of the show?
“Well, one of the reasons I left American Idol to go on X Factor was I actually prefer auditioning groups more than solo artists. I think they’re more fun. And I’ve worked with a lot of groups over the years and sold a lot of records. So I was always amazed that there weren’t more groups in the charts over the last few years. But I think One Direction is really important because it’s proven that obviously there’s a gap in the market for a group. And actually the way that you form a group is quite simple. The best groups are normally the ones that are formed as friends deciding they want to be in a group. If they haven’t had months of preparation, they just have to learn a couple of songs and show that they’ve got chemistry and they’re different, and that they’ve got that kind star quality… but you can be a duo, you can be three people, you can be in a family. I mean there are tons of variations. Or you can school choir, you know that counts as a group. But I think like I said off the back of One Direction, you’re going to see a big, big change in the show this year.
”
How do you feel about One Direction doing so well and selling out concerts?  What do you attribute to their success?  What did you think when you first saw them? How did you know that they were meant to be together?

“Well it was genuine horror that we couldn’t put these guys through as solo artists because they screwed up something in their middle audition but I felt bad about them leaving. So we took a chance and we got these five guys back who we liked.  We said, ‘Look, we think you would do better as a group rather than solo artists because you failed the middle round through bad song selection or nerves … whatever it was’ – But as they stood there for the first time, you know I had a weird feeling thinking, ‘You know what? If this works, they’re going to be huge.’ I could sense it.  And then when they did another audition for me, five or six weeks later, they were absolutely brilliant.  When we made the record, we made it in partnership with them … we listened to everything they liked. We threw away what they didn’t like. And then it was literally fan power that made them who they are today. It wasn’t a big marketing campaign or promotion campaign; it was all word of mouth.  I put all of the success down to them and, like I said, fan power.  It’s just showing how the record business is changing in a really positive way, and if you trust your group and they’ve got talent and you trust the fans … it will work. It is a very, very different way than how it used to be.”
I’ve been a fan since X Factor … and we just saw them recently at Saturday Night Live and I was so excited. In the US, I think they really did just become famous basically overnight. It was amazing how their fan base grew so quickly.

“
And you know what? … There’s something exciting about a band. I don’t know what it is. When you’ve got more than one… everything gets bigger. The excitement gets bigger.  I think they’re a really good example of what is going to happen in America because genuinely most of the reason why this group has succeeded came down to them… they’ve got good taste, they really respect their fans, they talk to their fans as friends and they’ve become friends themselves.  The best advice I gave them was to never forget your fans, and most importantly, you’ve got to have fun.  You’ve got to enjoy the process. It’s when you stop having fun that it’s over.  We talk with them all the time … and they really are having a great time and they genuinely respect and appreciate what the fans have done for them. And I don’t think they’ll ever forget that.”
One last question. Do you think you’ll ever want to host a more traditional interview show like Piers Morgan?
“I’ll tell you what. I think you should.”
Thank you.

“I’m not kidding.  I’ll tell you why I say that. I don’t know you but I can tell you are a fan of what you’re talking about.  I think that’s where I really genuinely mean this… I think there’s going to be massive gaps in the market going forward… the hosting roles and judging roles are going to be people who are genuinely fans of music and what they’re seeing.  You can pay a lot of people to do the job, but if they’re not really into it… .  You’re going to see what’s going to happen on X Factor this year with how we’re changing the judging panel and with what we’re going to do with the hosts because I really want people on the show who know more than I do because they come from a different background and have different experiences.  We have to change things up quite a lot.  I’m probably going to be interviewed by you in the future on TV.  I’ve got a feeling.”
Thank you so much! Thank you for talking to me. 

“No, I like you.
”
I’m so excited. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

“No, thank you, sweetheart. It’s been an absolute pleasure.”
It’s nice to talk to you.

“Alright, darling, take care of yourself.
”
Bye.

“Bye, Maude.”
Simon Cowell is the nicest person I have ever spoken to.

May 21, 2012

Interview with Paul Rudd

Interview with Paul Rudd for HelloGiggles:

I don’t remember the first time I met Paul Rudd, but I do remember seeing him make my sister cry in a deleted scene fromThe 40-Year-Old Virgin in which he can’t turn off a toy robot which terrified tiny Iris. He was playing a scene. Iris was actually crying.
Paul Rudd is a great actor. He has also been a great pretend dad to me in the movies Knocked Up and the upcoming This Is Forty. I loved chatting with him about his Bar Mitzvah, his career and his new movie Wanderlust.
I asked him a lot about his childhood because I don’t think anyone really knows much about what Paul Rudd was like as a kid. I also thought it was unfair that he knows a lot about me as a 14-year-old but I know anything about him as a 14-year-old.
This was an important interview for me because I finally worked up the courage to ask follow up questions. It was easier with Paul because I know him personally. I did not know the band One Direction personally when I interviewed them. I still don’t. I am not happy about that. I have not heard from them since the interview. What is that about?
Here is my interview with Paul Rudd.
Hi, Paul!
Hello, Maude! Thank you for spending this time with me today and thank you to HelloGiggles!
Thank you! Okay, what is some advice you wish someone told you when you were a kid or a teenager?
That’s a great question. You know, people said it to me and I even thought it’s probably good advice, but it’s really true and that is enjoy your youth and don’t take things too seriously. Always remember, even though a situation might seem like it’s the end of the world, it’s not. It really is true that you will be okay and look back on things and laugh. You don’t need to sweat it – whatever it is – that much.
That’s really good. Because you know, I really do take things too seriously right now.
I know, it’s very sweet and I adore you. That’s why I want to grab you and say, ‘It’s okay, Maude. It’s okay.’
Okay, what were you like as a 14-year-old?
Uh, that was around the time I started to go through puberty and my hair went crazy curly, and I had zits and glasses. Uh, but not cool glasses. They were almost kind of like sunglasses but like a bad frame of sunglasses with clear lenses. I have pictures that I could send you that you would be horrified and you would laugh your head off. Fourteen was tough for me.
Were you a nerd?
Yeah, I didn’t think that I was but I probably was. I really prided myself on my fashionable dress. I had a very independent streak and thought, I’m going to dress super cool and different than everybody else and everybody is going to be envious of my cool clothes. But looking back, I realize that nobody was envious and I’m sure they were laughing. I really prided myself when I was in eighth grade for not owning a pair of jeans, and I never wore jeans for a year and a half. I wore a tie to school every day, although I didn’t have to. But then I started moving into kind of like new wave kind of style and was really into thin ties and really baggy pants. And I remember when that movie Pretty In Pink came out, some people in my school said you totally remind me of that guy, Ducky. And I thought that was a compliment.
Okay, what was your Bar Mitzvah like?
Well I didn’t speak or really read Hebrew. I bailed on Hebrew school early on. So I kind of memorized my Bar Mitzvah piece and then the day before I had to do it, I totally panicked and started to project and then I wound up doing okay during the actual piece and had some phonetically written out in case I lost my place. But I just wanted to get through it and go back to my grandmother’s house for kugel.
Did you have a big party and a Bar Mitzvah theme?
No, it’s so weird the idea of it, because I grew up in a place where I didn’t go to any Bar Mitzvahs because I wasn’t in a very Jewish neighborhood. And I really didn’t have friends that were Jewish. So it wasn’t like what you experience in Los Angeles, or what thirteen year old kids here in New York City experience where there’s lots of Jewish kids. There’s a Bar Mitzvah circuit. I didn’t have any of that so it wasn’t even until I was an adult that I even realized that people had big, extravagant Bar or Bat Mitzvah receptions. Mine was, I literally went back to my grandmother’s house and she cooked. And there was no entertainment. There was no theme to it. I mean I have since been to Bar Mitzvahs where it’s like the theme would be Transformers or Indiana Jones, or some sport’s theme. The theme to my Bar Mitzvah was pinstripe suits and relatives that had a lot of phlegm in their throats.
That is so gross.
It’s so true. It’s like congratulations, Paul. You were wonderful up there [phlegm noice].
And no friends were there?
I had no friends there. I had a bunch of cousins. There were very few children.
All of the Bar Mitzvahs I went to had like Transformers theme and airplanes.
Yeah, and I didn’t have any of that. I didn’t even know that was an option. I never heard of anything like that. Mine was a low key affair that was really like, you know, just the house smelled like fish. And people were milling around and occasionally handing me an envelope.
Are your kids going to get Bar and Bat Mitzvah’d?
You know, Jack Is 7 and Darby is 2, so we haven’t really had that conversation. We’re not particularly religious, but I think that we probably would because you know, I had that, and it would be nice. I think it’s kind of like, you do it for the relatives.
Would it be better than yours was?
I think, yeah. Because Jack has been to a couple of friends’ of ours Bar Mitzvahs and like when he was four, he was just so psyched. It was like a fun party. So I think he’s fully anticipating having one, but I don’t think he realizes that he has to do anything.
It’s hard. All of my friends were so stressed out and it was just, it seemed like so much.
It’s really stressful. It’s super stressful. I was really freaked out about chanting and singing. I just got really monotoned and didn’t even go “oh la la”. I just read it.
Who were your female influences growing up?
Well, you know my mom and my sister because they were closest to me, my grandmother and the females in my life. Apart from my family, I had a couple of great teachers in school and the best ones I’ve ever had were women. I had a teacher in 8th grade named Mrs. Sanders, who was amazing. I had a teacher in high school, Mrs. Shipley, who encouraged performing and that was her thing, and she was great. One of the best teachers that I ever had. So really it was a few teachers.
And did you have any favorite female comedians or actresses then?
When it came to it, I used to like watching the Carol Burnett Show. I thought Carol Burnett was very funny. And I liked Madeline Kahn a lot because in my house we were watching a lot of Mel Brooks movies and she was always in them and super funny. And Gilda Radner. I used to like watching Saturday Night Live. I always thought that she was hilarious.
Okay, what should my friends tell their parents to convince them to take them to see Wanderlust this weekend?
Wow, well it’s got a sweet message, but it depends on the parent because it’s not really, I mean let’s be honest—
Age appropriate?
We’re not talking about you know, The Lorax here. I know it’s pretty bawdy. So I don’t know. I can’t wait to see the parents, but I would not want to make a suggestion on the chance that some kid took my advice, went to their parents, got permission, went to see it, and the parents realize what it’s about and then they trace it back to me and then I’m embroiled in some legal battle.
So you don’t suggest that young children see Wanderlust?
I don’t. I wouldn’t know what to say. As a parent myself, I get a little skittish.
Well, I think that’s it.
I’ve really enjoyed our interview. I hope we can do it again when later on maybe, even in a year when you and I are playing father and daughter. I’ll really give my answers some serious thought and maybe by December I’ll have an idea of what I can tell kids to tell their parents to take them to go see Wanderlust… Probably.
When it’s on DVD.

One Direction Interview for Teen Vogue



British-Irish boy band One Direction—Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson—met as solo contestants on the UK version of The X-Factor when Simon Cowell decided they should be a group. Although they came in third place on the show, they quickly became the kind of musicians that make girls scream and cry in their presence. Their first album Up All Night will be released in the States on March 13. And—Happy Valentine’s Day to us!—their first single drops on iTunes today. Buy it here!
I was asked to interview them for Teen Vogue after they saw my numerous tweets about them. What you are about to read is the result of that interview. There are several elements of the interview, which you will not be able to pick up simply by reading this Q and A:
1. I am in love with every member of One Direction.
2. One Direction was in love with me. Okay, I am just guessing there. I cannot confirm that fact.
3. I have never been so nervous in my entire life. My legs did not stop shaking. When I get nervous my voice gets very high. My voice was so high that it was painful and embarrassing to listen to the tape of the interview. I have since destroyed it.
4. I have not heard from One Direction since this interview. It is possible they are not in love with me?
5. The reason I did not ask follow up questions was because my brain shut down and was only able to read pre-written questions. New thoughts were not possible.
6. I discovered their music on YouTube before any of my friends and am not happy about the fact that everybody at my school is now in love with them too. I preferred it when I was their only fan.
7. After the interview I took a very awkward photo with them in which I hunched over when they tried to put their arms around me. My shoulder was in Harry Styles’ armpit. I regret my pose. Here is that photo.
Maude: How do you guys like the United States? 
Harry: We love it.
Liam: It was a shock to get to the airport and actually see that the fans have grown from 40 people to like 500. It’s amazing. 
Louis: And also you can’t beat the weather. Coming from the UK where it’s freezing cold.
Harry: We’re wearing little tee shirts and everyone’s wearing coats.

Maude: What were your first impressions of each other when you guys got thrown together as a band? Do you all get along? 

Zayn: Before we got together as a band we were kind of each other’s competition because we’re from the same category [on X Factor]. But as soon as we got put together we all got on really well. We all went to Harry’s place and stayed there together to get to know each other. 
Harry: We were all going through this new experience, we all kind of entered it in the same mindset. It was like we were all starting school. 
Louis: Similar ambitions, similar goals. I suppose that’s why we got on together. 
Liam: For first impressions, I think you [Louis] were the most different from what we thought you were. When I first met you, you were so quiet, so down played. I think it was after we left the coffee shop in Birmingham, where suddenly this character came out of nowhere. 
Louis: Yea, I was quite quiet at boot camp. But as far as first impressions for me, I thought Zayn was more quiet. The more I get to know Zayn, he’s definitely not quiet. Harry was still quite charming, pretty boy. Niall was loud, really loud. Honestly, I would have gone away thinking Niall was the king of boot camp. He was the leader of boot camp.

Maude: How involved is Simon in your lives now? 

Harry: Simon kind of hung back a bit and let us do what we wanted to do with it. I think that was good because it made things a bit more authentic. He still has the last say on everything we do.
Louis: He’s the boss.
Maude: What famous person have you met so far that’s given you the biggest thrill? 
Zayn: I was a big Michael Jackson fan and we got Jermaine Jackson on the X Factor. 
Louis: For me, Robbie Williams was a massive influence when I was growing up. But also Cheryl Cole. Being in her presence was intimidating, because she’s so hot.
Harry: When we first met Simon, we’d go into the dressing room and talk to him normally. And then we came out, we’d be like, “we’ve just been in the same room as Simon Cowell, had some bananas…it was so weird!”
Liam: Robbie Williams is a big one for me. As well as Bon Jovi. We got to perform with him during a group song.
Maude: How are British and American One Direction fans different? 
Liam: The American girls are very confident.
Louis: And the English girls wear more coats.
Maude: Would you say each of you has a specific style? 
Zayn: Mine is a bit more urban, more street. Nike trainers, varsity jacket. Louis is a bit more “fashion.” More staples: stripes, braces, really tight trousers. Harry is quite preppy.
Louis: Kind of smart. Blazers. Niall is quite casual. Do you think?
Zayn: Liam is more like… American casual.

Maude: How would you describe your sound? 

Liam: We’ve always described our sound as a bit more guitar driven than normal pop music. Kind of Pink in a boy band form. We’ve heard a few people say that so now we use it. I think Pink is amazing person to be compared to. 
Harry: We like pop music but instead of using synths, we like using our hands. Guitars. Drums…
Maude: What musicians do you look up to? 
Louis: I supposed in terms of influence: Take That, New Kids on the Block. 
Zayn: People like Pink. Katy Perry is amazing. Bruno Mars is amazing. McFly. They’re cool as well.
Maude: Most played song on your iPod? 
Zayn: Probably a Chris Brown tune. Something off his new album. 
Louis: “Look After You,” by The Fray.
Louis: “Viva Forever,” Spice Girls.
Harry: Ha. “Paradise,” by Coldplay.
Niall: “Wanted Dead or Alive,” by Bon Jovi.
Liam: Probably a John Mayer song off Where The Light Is. I can’t remember the name, its track 2 or 3…
Niall: “In The Atmosphere?”
Niall: Yes, yes.
Maude: Who are your favorite new artists? New bands? 
Louis: Ed Sheeran. He’s very very good. You should look him up.
Zayn: Bruno Mars is wicked.

Maude: When did you realize everything changed? That your life changed. 

Zayn: When we were on The X Factor, we didn’t realize how overnight the fame thing was. We didn’t really understand it until we went on a shopping trip. It was like Week 7 or 8 of the show. We went with a few other contestants and there were loads of people, packed.
Louis: We later found out the sale was on, and that was the reason everyone was there.
Maude: How are your parents reacting to this? 
Zayn: Our parents are obviously proud, but they’re still trying to get used to the fact that we’re in a band. I have a feeling my mom would actually like One Direction if I wasn’t in it!
Liam: They’ve all got the same sort of mom thing where they’re all really upset when that we leave home but at the same time they know we’re going out and enjoying what we do. But they miss us. 
Louis: I’ll tell you what’s been really nice about this whole experience that we never really bring up in interviews is the fact that obviously it’s a great experience for us, but also we also make our moms proud. We’ve found friends in each other, but also our parents are friends. 
Harry: Our families always come and support us. This is all happening, yet our families keep us grounded.
Maude: Your first stateside single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” comes out Valentines Day in the US. What are you guys planning on doing on Valentine’s Day? 
Liam: We’re actually meant to be in France. There’s a trip lined up to Paris. The City of Love!
Louis: If we haven’t got any dates, well all just have to go out to dinner together. Otherwise we’re gonna be pretty depressing to be honest. 
Zayn: All five of us are going to sit in the Eiffel Tower restaurant together.
Niall: Finish each other’s spaghetti and stuff like that.
Maude: What’s your scariest moment with a fan? What’s the weirdest, craziest fan? 
Liam: We were in Heathrow once, and there were about 500 girls at the airport. We went out the side door to try to get to our car but we couldn’t get to it. Zayn’s hoodie got ripped off. I got a good whack in the face.
Zayn: There was a security booth outside and it was all glass. People were licking the windows. It felt like we were in a zombie movie.
Louis: This box was really small. We were really crammed in. There was staff asking for photos. 
Zayn: That was one of the craziest. Someone once asked Liam if he’d lick their face.
Liam: No someone asked to lick my face.
Louis: If I was a fan and I actually had the wish to lick Liam’s face, I wouldn’t ask. Cause you know what the answer’s gonna be. I would have just gone for it.
Zayn: So you’re encouraging people to lick our faces?
Maude: What’s it like staying at your hotel in Los Angeles and having girls camping outside? 
Zayn: We’ve been surprised by the amount of people that recognize us. We haven’t released anything, we haven’t done any promos, so we didn’t expect anything like that. So to come out here and see that type of support, that type of following. It’s amazing to see that. We’re really happy.
Liam: We’re all a bit nervous. Just to see a good reaction would be such a massive confidence boost. We’re excited for the single to come out.
Maude: I have friends who are standing outside the hotel waiting for you guys. 
Louis: Wow!
Maude: Well, I think that’s it! 
Louis: Can I just say, I think you did a great job.
Boys all applaud!
Maude: Gosh, thank you! I was so nervous! 
Zayn: If we do Teen Vogue again, we only want to work with you!