After 11 matches in 14 days, Ernests Gulbis was still kind enough to sit down and do our Quick Q & A, but of course, with Ernie, nothing goes as planned.....so here is our NOT so Quick Q & A with the "former" party boy. Enjoy!
If you were a hip hop artist, what would your name be?
Why did you chose that name?
I like Kendrick Lamar, it’s actually my favorite CD. The last one he made, "Good Kid in a Mad City" I like it. Do you listen to it?
No, no I haven’t.
Well download it, it’s very good.
What are you most afraid of?
Honestly I don’t like flying.
Really? That’s kinda a problem.
Yeah it is. I don’t like things where I am not in control. I don’t like to drive a car with a person that I don’t trust. If I was the pilot this wouldn’t be a problem.
Are you taking lessons to be a pilot?
No, not yet. (laughter)
What is your biggest pet peeve?
A lot of stuff, honestly. The behavior of people annoys me.
What kind of behavior?
You know, I treat people in a certain way. I try to be honest, respectful in my own way and when people are.... Let’s say when you travel a lot you get to meet a lot of different people, many, many nice and interesting people, but, there are also a lot of assholes during the way. What annoys me a lot is the security controls in the airport, sometimes the hotel workers.... It’s these small things, the bureaucracy. When people are thinking too much inside the box, sometimes they need to use common sense. You shake hands you made a deal, whatever, but people stick to the rules a lot especially in America, because in my country it is maybe a little bit more free.
Do you have any guilty pleasures, do you know what that means?
Sins? (hysterical giggling)
We won’t go there and talk about sins....
Should I quote the bible or what? (still laughing)
No, no, no....just anything that you really enjoy that you would be embarrassed to say that you really enjoy?
No, nothing that embarrasses me. Nothing.
You don’t seem to get embarrassed easily.
Yeah, I don’t do stuff which embarrasses me, honestly.
Do you have any pets?
Not really mine, but my sisters each have their own dog. One of my sisters has two dogs, and one of my sisters has a rabbit and a cat, and we have three dogs in the country house. It’s a lot of pets, but not my personal pets.
It sounds like a zoo!
It’s a lot.
Are you close with your sisters?
I am close with my sisters and brother. Really close.
Where do you fall in the order [of your brother and sisters]?
My family is a big labyrinth. You know, my father and mother divorced when I was a kid and I am the only one from them, then from my father’s side I have two sisters and one brother, and from the other side I have one brother. But I have a really, really, good close relationship with all of them.
What is your favorite movie?
This kind of question I honestly don’t like. I am going to answer it but write the whole answer please. I don’t like these questions because I don’t think a person can have one favorite movie. I am a movie freak and I am a music freak. I tend to watch a lot of old movies, a lot of new movies, a lot of art movies and I cannot really pick one.
So what was your favorite movie this year?
This year nothing really came out that was worth watching, because I don’t like this new Hollywood stuff, I don’t like it. A movie that I would recommend to watch....I like David Lynch a lot as a director, so I would recommend to watch "Mulholland Drive." That is an interesting movie, I saw it around 10 times because every time you watch it you find something different. He is an interesting director, so watch that movie and then maybe watch his other movies, and then next time we meet I’ll give you another director. (smiles)
What is the last thing that you read?
Now I am reading this Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. I’ve read a couple of his books. He is now pretty popular, but I started to read him a couple of years ago. I like a lot of Russian authors. They have a lot of new Russian authors who are really, really good. I’ve read some of the classical stuff also, like Russian classics, like Dostoevsky. But, mostly I like the new Russian authors like Victor Pelevin. He is a genius. I don’t know if his books are in English, it’s tough to translate him.
Do you have any celebrity crushes?
Do you have a girlfriend?
What do you look for in a girlfriend?
Oh, that is a long discussion, really. (laughter)
Do you have a long list of things?
Yeah, it’s really long. If I start it would take hours for me, honestly, because I’ve thought about it a lot what I am looking for in a girl. You can not surprise anyone now-a-days with just good looks or just being good in bed. You have to have some kind of fire, some kind of special “thing” to say that I like a girl. You know I meet a lot of girls and I like most of them. I like them because I admire women, and I really think they are the most beautiful thing in the world for us men, but for me to start dating someone I am looking for something...some kind of fire, some kind of unexplainable feeling which I haven’t found it yet.
If there was a fire and you could only save one thing, not a person, what would you save?
It would be myself.
You can’t save a person.
Then nothing. I don’t care about things.
If you had one superhero ability, what would it be?
Probably time travel.
Is there anything you would go back and change?
Probably not, but I would like to experience some stuff in history, and go to the future to just see what is happening! Maybe I’ll steal something and be really rich in the present! (laughter)
Like in Back to the Future? Oh wait, are you too young for that movie?
I think I saw it, yeah. But I don’t remember much.
If you could have a room full of anything, what would it be? A room full of whatever you want.....that might be a dangerous question for you. (laughter)
I would say money. Then I could buy anything else I wanted. Easy answer.
What’s your favorite app on your phone?
I use WhatsApp a lot.
Facebook or Twitter...are you on Twitter?
Actually I am but I haven’t used it a lot. I have a profile but I’ve been there maybe last month, and I really don’t use Facebook, but if I had to choose I would chose Twitter because it is less kid’s stuff and more informative. If you follow someone they give you interesting links and interesting sites.
Coke or Pepsi
Blond or Brunette
Shower or Bath
Boxer or Briefs
Would you rather lose your hair or your teeth?
Of course my hair, the teeth would be more problematic.
But you could get dentures!
Come on..I’m never gonna be a man where if he loses his hair to put something in it [to grow]. If a man loses his hair, it’s fine, he looks ok anyway.
Dog or Cat
Beer or Wine
Ahhhh! (laughter) None right now, but back in the good days both! (more laughter)
So you don’t party as much as you used to?
Now nothing! I haven’t been out for half a year already.
So what changed? You’re known as like the “party boy” on tour.
Yeah, but if I want to play better I have to cut it out.
Ocean or Mountains
I enjoy both.
Vampires or Werewolves
No answer. (laughter)
Sweet or Salty
Android or iPhone
I use an iPhone.
Now or Later
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