Celeb Spotlight: Alanis Morissette
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Current gig: Promoting her new album, an acoustic version of her 1995 smash, Jagged Little Pill
She's not quite as angry these days
With its explosive single "You Oughta Know," Jagged Little Pill (which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide) turned Morissette into the poster girl for scorned women everywhere. But the new acoustic version of the album – released on June 13, marking the 10th anniversary of the original – reflects a new maturity. "I think my anger is as vital as it's ever been," she says. "It's just being channeled in a different way as an adult." So was it hard to revisit those emotionally raw songs? "I didn't cringe my way through reinterpreting them," she says. "With 10 years worth of objectivity, now I can step back from it and really tip my hat to the whole experience."
She faced depression – and won
For years, the former child star (she was a regular on the Nickelodeon sketch-comedy series You Can't Do That on Television in the '80s) says, "I cried a lot for reasons I didn't understand." It didn't help that she was also battling, she says, food issues and abusive relationships. But after trying an alternative therapy called "integrative coaching," she found balance. Today, she says, "I feel blessed. If I had trouble with emotionally violent relationships or eating disorders or whatever it was, rather than just staying in the victim place of 'poor me,' I can now take those experiences to support other people who are going through the same thing."
Isn't it ironic? She's happily in love
Another reason for Morissette's newfound peace? Her relationship with her fiancé, Amityville Horror star and fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds, 28, whom she's been dating for three years. "We have a similar sense of humor," she says. "He's like a soul brother to me, except that I want to jump his bones." (Says Reynolds, "Being in a relationship that is bedrocked in support, it's pretty great.") Although they've been engaged since last June, the pair aren't rushing to the altar. "There's no (wedding) date," the singer says. "We're happily swimming along in this very short phase. We'll never be able to be engaged again, so we're milking it for all it's worth!"
She's still dabbling in movies
Morissette, who played God in Kevin Smith's 2001 movie Dogma and a singer in the 2004 Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely, recently filmed a cameo in Reynolds's upcoming comedy, Just Friends. "I just play myself," she says. "Ryan is playing a very high-up record executive, and we run into each other. It's a very funny scene." What did she think of his portrayal? "He was perfect. He's fantastically slimy. He's been around me long enough to have heard some stories that may or may not have inspired his performance."