John Legend

What is your current state of mind?
I am pretty relaxed, just soaking up the atmosphere of my current holiday mood.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve always wanted to be a singer.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Just successfully launching Get Lifted. It’s been really exciting so far, and I am really happy with how things are going.
What inspires you?
Music is the thing that really inspires me, first as just a listener, and now also as someone in a privileged position to perform and make the music. It’s inspiring and humbling to be able to do something that just feels right.

What personal trait do you appreciate the most in others?

I definitely like ambitious and hard working people. People with spirit and kindness also make me happy.
Do you have a cause or do you support one?
I support Aids research and helping the needy.
Which person living or dead do you admire most and would like to invite for dinner?
Bill Clinton. He just seems like a really intelligent guy and would be good company.
What are you reading?
The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman.
How do you spend your Sunday mornings?
I rest a lot, exercise and read. If I am away from home, I like to walk around the city or country that I am in to soak up the culture.
What is your idea of hell?
Being somewhere that I don’t wanna be.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Strip clubs.
What’s playing in your iPOD/Mp3/CD player?
Jeff Buckley, Kanye West and Fiona Apple.
What do you collect?
I don’t really collect anything.
Where would you like to live?
I am already living where I want to: New York City.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
I don’t have one, but a nice coat can really make a man look good.
What about you scares others?
They shouldn’t be scared of me; as I really am not a scary guy. (Laughs)
If you had to play a character in a movie, which movie and which character?
Right now I am into action movies, so if I had to pick one character, it would be Will Smith in Bad Boys.
What did you believe at 18 that you wish you still believed now?
Back then I thought that I knew everything that there is to know about the world; so I guess, yeah, I still want to believe that.
What is the one thing that you would change about the world if given the chance?
End poverty.