Ashley Huizenga on Sex, Starvation, and Art
They're born to survive. I love how they're scary.
On her marriage "performance":
It's a marriage scene that leads into a human sacrifice and some homoerotic stuff.
Who's getting sacrificed?
Who's getting homoerotic?
On the "sexual maypole" in her last video:
I directed a video for Late Night Guys -- my dad said "no videos to be shot here [in the family home] at all" I woke up at 6 am, got my hair and makeup done, and then the boys came over. We had to be out by 6 pm. We had all these really hot guys, and we had a sexual maypole around me. Abdi was lying up on the mantle with a kitten. We were eating ice cream outside. Everything was white outside and black inside. Pop but nice.
My stylist Devin he had this cool leather boustier with a hoop. I attached gold and black ribbon to these chains on the boys who were all wearing skimpy leather and lace outfits, and they went around me while I was singing. One boy was tied to a harp kind of like Busby Berkeley. My hair was all the way down to my knees, blonde.
On meeting Morrissey:
I didn't know he was coming [to the family house, which was for sale] - I only knew there was going to be a realtor. I was sitting outside by the pool looking at my texts. Someone came up behind me and -- in an English accent -- said "What is this?" It was Morissey, and he was pointing at our chicken coop. It doesn't have any chickens in it anymore so it looks especially strange. I looked at him and said "that's the chicken coop but the chickens died." I said "Possums ate them". He said "Interesting." I don't think he likes animal cruelty -- maybe that's why he didn't buy the house. He had on a plaid three-piece suit, just to go out in the day and look at a house.
I used to take care of the rabbits. I used to breed them. I wasn't supposed to. We had a lot until our Dobermans ate them. There are bunnies and dogs and cats and parrots buried all over this property. Most of them are just in the ground but Bowie, our first sphynx cat has a tomb and everything. He looked like a bat. He was old. My mom brought him down to the basement in a shoe box with flowers on him. We had a little funeral. You're not supposed to bury pets. It's against the law. You're supposed to make them into ashes. Our two Dobermans were named after our grandmothers. Dolly got hit by a car right outside. Marian died of cancer. We had to make them into ashes. They were too big. That's like putting a human out there. But there are lots of baby rabbits. We had a crazy rabbit named Snowball who lived for 7 years. She had rolls of fat. This little dwarf rabbit somehow mated with this giant white fatso and no one knew she was pregnant and she gave birth on this grate and her babies got stuck in the grate and she was eating them. If they don't want them they eat them.
On her feature film, Write A Book About It:
That was me capturing what I had in L.A. before I had to let it all go. I wanted to get rid of all my costumes. Leave this house.
On simulated sex:
I responded to a job ad and this guy said "So I'll give you 500 bucks but I'm gonna fake hit you." I thought "OK that's kinda funny." Then he was like "And I'm gonna simulate sex on you." I asked to see some references. I'm not gonna do that sort of thing if it's not my own project.