Pop Culture
Aug 03, 2022, 06:28AM

Living the Dream, You Know?

A 2021 Interview Magazine interview with painter Amy Sherald vs. a 2019 Complex interview with actor James Ransome.

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Amy Sherald: I’m so nervous to talk to you.

James Ransome: I can’t do it. I’m sorry.

Sherald: You bought the house for $150,000 and the neighborhood was gentrified and now the house is worth $2 million.

Ransome: Yeah. But still, to this day, I’m a huge John Carpenter fan. I hate watching myself in anything.

Sherald: That’s especially true for the individual portraits.


Ransome: Living the dream, you know?

Sherald: For me, it comes when I’m living—just being on the subway and turning and seeing somebody.

Ransome: You would walk down the aisles and look at all of the boxes, and you could only go by the cover art.

Sherald: Presentation became everything. Luckily it worked out.

Ransome: Why is violence so acceptable?


Sherald: Even when that’s translated to color, I don’t like conflict.

Ransome: No, nothing scary. No, no, no, no.

Sherald: I still get anxiety thinking about it.

Ransome: I hope my next movie is a rom-com or something like that.

Sherald: Especially with this show, I had this idea of a playground and I was trying to find something that worked but instead I landed on an image of a person walking with a surfboard.


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