For those who don’t know yet, Robin, what is a Pussycat Doll? Are they strippers?
Because people think that.
People love to think that. When you say; “I’m a dancer”, people go “Oh, really?”. But a Pussycat
doll is professionally trained- from ballet, jazz and taps to ballroom dancing and gymnastics.
And a Pussycat doll is someone who has the right attitude- she’s sexy, she’s funny, she has a sense of
humour, she’s smart, she’s really hot. (laughs) Maybe skinny, maybe not so skinny.
Can you talk about the evolution of the Pussycat Dolls?
Robin; Sure. As a professional dancer, I had always wanted to create my own style, so I pulled together four or five
girlfriends who were awesome dancers, and we’d do these little showcases in Hollywood at places like the House Of Blues. After a while I wanted
to the show at a club that was more intimate- and it was you(Christina Applegate), actually, who had the idea to take it to
the Viper Room. When we were rehearsing, Johnny (Depp) came in and he was like; “This is so cool. This is why I opened
the Viper Room, for this vibe”. He asked us to perform there at a weekly basis.
Can you describe the show’s vibe?
I wanted to do something that was non-stop fun – music, dancing and singing – from the second you walk in the
door until the time you leave. You walk in and there are girls hanging off swings, talking to the audience, flirting with
guys. They’re gum-chewing, wacky girls who are sexy but campy and have a sense of humour. The audience freaks out because
there’re these incredibly hot girls coming through the audience, dancing and playing. I remember, as a little girl,
my brother going to see The Rocky Horror Show. He came home and told me how Tim Curry came up through the audience. I always
remembered how cool that was.
Who else inspired you?
The old pioneers of film dance like Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. And I’m really inspired by Bob Fosse-
his films like Cabaret and Sweet Charity. Everything from the costuming to the
makeup to what his dancers were doing physically and as actors mattered with Fosse. I really identified with that.
Your costumes are so unique. How did you come up with that concept?
Robin; I always loved the idea of a little frilly panty
with garters and boots. I grew up sewing, so in the beginning I made all the costumes.
It’s kind of 30’s.
Yeah, it sort of goes from the ‘30s to the ‘60s, but it always have that twist, that rock ‘n’ roll
edge. I just think it’s so sexy. It’s sort of a lot of clothing – but not (laughs)
But it’s classy enough that you don’t remember that you’re half-naked onstage. You feel sort of powerful
and wonderful in these costumes.
ExactlyIt’s about being comfortable with being sexy and flirtatious and not taking it too seriously - because it’s not serious. I don’t want to say we’re making fun of strippers, because
that’s not nice, but we’re really having fun with it. Back in the days of burlesque there was so much fun to tease,
which is much more exiting than something trying so hard to be sexy.
And now all these stars knocking down the door to be in the show. How did you get the celebrities involved?
Well, let’s start with you, since you such a star(Applegate laughs). Even when it was just a couple of dance numbers,
you knew that it was something you wanted to be a part of. Gwen Stefani also came to see a show at the Viper Room, and she
just loved it. Immediately, she was like “Oh, my god, this is exactly what I’ve always wanted to do!”. So
we got her in the show.
Amazing. And Christina Aguilera…
The same thing. Chrsitina came down the night when Gwen was in it and immediately wanted to do it. Then there was Nikka Costa,
Brittany Murphy, Charlize Theron…
And of course your headliner, Miss Carmen Electra.
Yes, Carmen. I really owe a lot to her. Everywhere she goes, she talks about the Pussycat Dolls. And she comes to every rehearsal
on time, like you.
As the emcee, I looked into the audience and I was a little nervous, because half the people there, I wanted jobs from.
Yeah, directors, producers. Justin Timberlake, Tobey (Maguire) and Leo(DiCaprio).
And Hugh Hefner!
And his Bunnies! But you know what? As big as it is start getting, I don’t ever want to let it out from underneath me.
I always want to keep that underground feeling.
What would you suggest to a woman who wanted to be a Pussycat Doll?
Be confident in your skin, and understand who you are and don’t be afraid to express yourself.
Because inside every woman is a Pussycat Doll!
Robin; That’s right.