With over 30 years of superstardom, Laura Pausini (@laurapausini) continues to explore her power while on a journey to reaching her greatest potential. In the wake of the pandemic and following her 2021 Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, the star devotes her time to ensuing endeavors. Here, she vulnerably reveals to us the past, present and bright future of her glamorous life voyage.
PHOTO BY TOMMY NAPOLITANO, STYLED BY ANDREA MENNELLA, HAIR BY LUCIA CIRINO, MAKEUP BY MANOLA SPAZIANI
From a young star and celebrity mother to a mature artist, at what era did you feel most inspired?
Every journey has its stages, and I am fortunate to remember them all. In the past two years of the pandemic, I have devoted my time researching my memories. As a result, my new song, ‘Caja,’ is a dialogue between the teenager Laura and today’s Laura, and it was exciting to take this journey through music.
Following your 2021 Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, what projects do you have coming up this year?
The immense honor of receiving a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination gave me back courage, strength and a great desire to start over. For this reason, besides having launched my new song ‘Caja’ this month, my first film, Un Placer Conocerte (or Nice to Meet You in English), will be released with Amazon Prime Video in April. Additionally, in May, I will host the Eurovision Song Festival with Mika and Alessandro Cattelan.
Laura Pausini takes a stroll in Rome wearing a full look by Stella McCartney, stellamccartney.com. PHOTO BY TOMMY NAPOLITANO, STYLED BY ANDREA MENNELLA, HAIR BY LUCIA CIRINO, MAKEUP BY MANOLA SPAZIANI
Why did you choose your latest single, ‘Caja,’ as the original song to represent your upcoming docu-film Nice to Meet You?
‘Caja’ is a song about the encounter between myself today and the past—this is synonymous with the summary of Nice to Meet You. I am acting for the first time in this film, and I am curious to see what the public will think about meeting a new Laura. While the title ‘Caja’ translates to ‘Box’ in English, I aim to explain how our most important memories are enclosed in our mind, in our heart and sometimes in a memory box.
Can you tell us more about the docu-film and how it translates who you are both as a person and a professional?
When Amazon Prime Video first asked me to make a documentary, I initially declined in search of a more unique idea. I figured it was wrong to hide what I ask myself daily—who would I be if I wasn’t famous? Therefore, as if it were a sliding door, we pass from the story of Laura defined by her career and private moments to the Laura that I imagine I would be if fame weren’t a factor.
‘Caja’ will debut in a list of countries with an exclusive 3D performance simulcast. Why was Miami chosen as one of the two selected U.S. locations?
Miami is my second home, literally. I have a house in Miami, and I often write songs there. But, moreover, the city has always given me a lot and I have won significant awards there.
What are your favorite spots to visit in Miami?
My daughter and I love to visit the Frost [Science] Museum. Additionally, my husband, Paolo, and I love the concerts at The Fillmore. When I visit the city with my friends, the Pérez Art Museum Miami’s Verde restaurant is our go-to lunch spot, and in the evening, we are almost always at Battubelin for some real Italian food.