The Veronicas

The Veronicas

With seven top-ten singles in Australia, 24-year-old twins Lisa and Jess Origliasso - better known as The Veronicas - should be more than content with their accomplishments. But despite chart-topping success, a flourishing fashion label and marriage propositions aplenty - from both men and women - these spirited rock chicks are far from satisfied.

The girls have been superstars in their native Australia since their first album 'The Secret Life of the Veronicas' debuted in 2005. Now, the stunning siblings are out to show the rest of the world what they are made of.

Since they shot to fame, both girls have endured more than their share of scandal and drama.

Jess made headlines when photos that appeared to show her topless with another woman were leaked onto the internet. While Jess was being publicly interrogated about her sexuality, the break down of Lisa's engagement to 'Neighbours' star Dean Geyer was discussed in magazines and newspapers from Sydney to Los Angeles.

A year later, the girls are ready to put their troubles behind them and launch their single 'Untouched' - which reached number two on the Australian charts when it was initially released in 2007 - in Europe.

FemaleFirst met Lisa in London to talk about world domination, heartbreak and lesbian marriage proposals.

Q: What are The Veronicas working on right now?

A: Well, just world domination really. Nothing too intense! We're very happy to be releasing a record in the UK and in all of Europe actually. We're getting ready to release our second single in the US. We will be doing an American tour and hopefully going back to the UK for a tour in May.  We're heading to Japan to release the record in August. Hopefully at some point we'll start writing for a new record as well. So we've got busy times ahead.

Q: So what do you think of London? Is it true you're planning to move here?

A: Yeah, we both love it. We've been wanting to get back there for so long. We were there a few years ago but we never got to see too much of the city. It's just like the friendliest people and the whole vibe is just a lot edgier and cooler than where we are from, so we love it.

 

Q: So does that mean you're sick of Australia?

A: Oh no, we actually don't get to spend enough time at home to tell you the absolute truth. We're never in one place for too long. I'm actually feeling a little homesick. For some reason London reminds me of home. I think maybe it's the people, they remind me a little bit of home.

Q: Is it difficult to spend so much time away from your family and friends?

A: We're usually so busy and we're having so much fun that it's not like we're really depressingly homesick or anything like that but we definitely miss home a lot, and our family. We're lucky because we just did a five week tour back in Australia, so we took them on the road with us, which was really nice.

 

Q: Do you have boyfriends at home that you're pining for?

A: No, no, no. We're both single. Our personal life gets put on the back burner a little bit because we're just so busy.

Q: Do you spend a lot of time fending off admirers?

A: Oh goodness, I don't know. It's all very flattering but at the moment we're married to each other. That's it, unfortunately. But Jess did get three marriage proposals the other night - all from girls. And I got one from a boy!

Q: Did you say yes?

A: If we're that desperate to get a British passport, we might!

 

Q: Jess' sexuality gets a lot of media attention. Do you ever feel like your private lives overshadow your music?

A: It is annoying. It gets frustrating when people focus more on our love lives than the things we want to talk about - our music for example. But when you reach a certain level of fame you have to accept that people are going to want more about you. It's a given in the industry, and we understand that. But at the same time it's terribly unpleasant to have people writing about such personal things. And to make it worse, 99.9 per cent of it is not true. That's the really upsetting bit.

Q: Your split from Dean Geyer made headlines last year. Were those stories difficult to read?

A: Definitely. I had a really hard time with that. Up until that point we'd managed to steer clear of bad press and our personal lives had not ended up in the papers. We had a good run for a while and then it all came crashing down. I just can't understand why anyone would want to read about something so traumatic. It felt a bit weird. But we just take that energy and put it back into our music. You just have to move on from the heartbreak. The newspapers will be writing something else next week.

 

Q: Are all your songs about heartbreak?

A: Our music is almost like our therapy sessions. Especially this one song on the record called 'This Love' - which was written by Toby Gad. Our songs are really, really personal. When we went back into the studio for our second record, Toby was asking us all about what was going on in our love lives, our personal lives. We just started writing down all that sort of emotional stuff and it was literally like a therapy session. That's why I think our records are so honest and relatable - because our music is true to who we are.

 

Q: Your single 'Untouched' is getting a lot of airplay in the UK at the moment. What is it about?

A: 'Untouched' is about difficult, long distance relationships. It's about feeling untouched by the people in your life because you're so far away from them all the time. It was something Jess and I were feeling when we wrote the song and I think a lot of people have felt that way. But even though it sounds so depressing, it's really quite an upbeat, fun song, actually.

Q: A lot of singers do a bit of acting on the side. Are you involved in any other projects?

A: Well we have our own fashion label in Australia. It's called 'The Veronicas' and it's an edgy, fun fashion range for young girls. It's easily accessible and it has some really cool stuff. It's been a really fun challenge. It's just another way of creatively expressing ourselves. It's really nice for us to have a creative outlook other than music.

 

Q: You and Jess are renowned for your distinctive sense of style. Who are your fashion influences?

A: We like to do our own thing and at the moment we're both really into that androgynous look. I really love British fashion too. I love Kate Moss and Keira Knightley. We also love Gwen Stefani - she always wears things which are quite cool.

Q: Who are your favourite designers?

A: Most of the time, we don't wear designer clothes. We prefer one-off vintage shop finds, mixed with classic pieces. But I won't lie - we do love Chanel.

Q: Is there any sibling rivalry between you and Jess?

A: We get along really well but I am envious sometimes. If I could have one of Jess' personality traits, I would choose the fact that she is always so sure of herself and her opinions. I'm very indecisive, and I can never make decisions easily or quickly so I really appreciate that in her. I wish I had a little bit more of that. My least favourite quality of hers is that she's a know-it-all. Jess can be extremely dominating at times. She's a very strong girl, and at times I think she starts to preach a bit too much. But at the same time, the things you find annoying about people are also the things you love about them too.

By Rachel Jones

With seven top-ten singles in Australia, 24-year-old twins Lisa and Jess Origliasso - better known as The Veronicas - should be more than content with their accomplishments. But despite chart-topping success, a flourishing fashion label and marriage propositions aplenty - from both men and women - these spirited rock chicks are far from satisfied.

The girls have been superstars in their native Australia since their first album 'The Secret Life of the Veronicas' debuted in 2005. Now, the stunning siblings are out to show the rest of the world what they are made of.

Since they shot to fame, both girls have endured more than their share of scandal and drama.

Jess made headlines when photos that appeared to show her topless with another woman were leaked onto the internet. While Jess was being publicly interrogated about her sexuality, the break down of Lisa's engagement to 'Neighbours' star Dean Geyer was discussed in magazines and newspapers from Sydney to Los Angeles.

A year later, the girls are ready to put their troubles behind them and launch their single 'Untouched' - which reached number two on the Australian charts when it was initially released in 2007 - in Europe.

FemaleFirst met Lisa in London to talk about world domination, heartbreak and lesbian marriage proposals.

Q: What are The Veronicas working on right now?

A: Well, just world domination really. Nothing too intense! We're very happy to be releasing a record in the UK and in all of Europe actually. We're getting ready to release our second single in the US. We will be doing an American tour and hopefully going back to the UK for a tour in May.  We're heading to Japan to release the record in August. Hopefully at some point we'll start writing for a new record as well. So we've got busy times ahead.

Q: So what do you think of London? Is it true you're planning to move here?

A: Yeah, we both love it. We've been wanting to get back there for so long. We were there a few years ago but we never got to see too much of the city. It's just like the friendliest people and the whole vibe is just a lot edgier and cooler than where we are from, so we love it.

 

Q: So does that mean you're sick of Australia?

A: Oh no, we actually don't get to spend enough time at home to tell you the absolute truth. We're never in one place for too long. I'm actually feeling a little homesick. For some reason London reminds me of home. I think maybe it's the people, they remind me a little bit of home.

Q: Is it difficult to spend so much time away from your family and friends?

A: We're usually so busy and we're having so much fun that it's not like we're really depressingly homesick or anything like that but we definitely miss home a lot, and our family. We're lucky because we just did a five week tour back in Australia, so we took them on the road with us, which was really nice.

 

Q: Do you have boyfriends at home that you're pining for?

A: No, no, no. We're both single. Our personal life gets put on the back burner a little bit because we're just so busy.

Q: Do you spend a lot of time fending off admirers?

A: Oh goodness, I don't know. It's all very flattering but at the moment we're married to each other. That's it, unfortunately. But Jess did get three marriage proposals the other night - all from girls. And I got one from a boy!

Q: Did you say yes?

A: If we're that desperate to get a British passport, we might!

 


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