I've always dreaded being called a musician, because I always wanted to write and paint and I used to do art as a kid. I tried my hand at writing, and I enjoy being able to express myself in that way, but I didn't enjoy writing about other people so in journalism, there wasn't something there really. But I do like watching other people and reporting on it, so I guess you end up doing the same thing when youre a painter or a singer, because it all ends up being the same job. But journalism is in a sense, I guess, the root of all evil and the root of all art because it's really just about observing and reporting it to others. But I'm not ashamed to just merely be considered an entertainer, because art is entertaining; sometimes some of my stuff is funny, some of it has pain in it, some of it has confusion, some of it has anger, sex. I have a real hard time drawing the lines between any of them. The only thing that freed me up, and I think it is an art form in itself to act and to be an actor. You're releasing yourself to the director and you are sort of a tool of another artist. And I've enjoyed the release because I'm so much in control of every detail of what I do, that it was interesting to have somebody else put me somewhere and do something and not play myself - to act you have to be another character. And then it gets confusing because I play so many different roles in my own life, just for my own amusement. People always ask me are you the same on stage and off, and sometimes I'm much more out of control off stage than on stage. People sometimes don't know if I'm nice or if I'm mean, and I'm both. I reflect what you give to me. I think that's something that when I first began forming the idea of Marilyn Manson, it was the time when talk shows had just really become a staple in American entertainment and every channel there was, had interviews with serial killers. And then there were stories about dead celebrities and the two became intertwined and then started to bring to mind stories like The Black Dahlia, where the girl who came to Hollywood to become famous, and became famous when she died. Or more recently, Columbine: these kids wanted to be famous because they were considered nobodies. And they got what they wanted and the news media gave it to them. Thats when I first started seeing things about Marilyn Monroe that really interested me because there was so much tragedy behind the beauty. I think so many people had overlooked that because they dehumanized her later to just a product on some T-shirt sold on Hollywood Boulevard or something. And then at the same time I was seeing Charles Manson in interviews saying all these things; it made sense in 69 and it made sense in 96 and it makes sense today. He was saying a lot of things that I've gone on to say and I think he expresses the same idea that he is a reflection of culture. How can you - how can America hate something that it created. It's like being mad at your own shit. You should have eaten something different. All of that somehow started brewing up in my brain, and when you're in that position when you're turning 19 or 20 and you have to decide what you're going to be when you grow up, I found out that I dont want to grow up, I want to be Peter Pan. So I decided to create a world where I didn't have to play by anybody's rules and Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson were the two things that spelled that world out. Phonetically its like Abracadabra; you know Manson by his last name, you know Marilyn by the first name and it just goes together like Mickey Mouse". It says everything; you say Marilyn Manson and it needs no explanation. It conjures up such images, no matter what country you're from. It's very American, but at the same time I think like a European and my reason for choosing the name is both a celebration and a harsh criticism of America. And that kind of creates the whole contradiction that I thrive on. So working with your father, working with Tim Skold, now a member of the band, and he's from Sweden. I think that European artists appreciate my understanding of American culture because I look at it as an outsider. I was always treated as an outsider and it doesn't make me hate America, it doesn't make me love it; it just makes me see it for what it is. In someway a part of the problem and a part of the solution, being all you can be is entertaining in the midst of it because there is no final answer - so just be part of the show. I don't want to be in the audience, I want to be on the stage. And now with what I'm doing, I dont want to be on the stage, I want everybody to be part of the show.