Here, the singer-actress gets candid about playing iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball for the second year in a row, fangirling over Swedish vocalist Tove Lo, and entering her twenties.
You’re currently touring with Jingle Ball and promoting The Edge of Seventeen. How are you managing everything?
I feel like life is becoming the definition of the phrase, “When it rains, it pours.” It’s always like this. I’ll have a couple of weeks off, then bam—everything happens at once. I have no complaints, though.
Is the first day on tour similar to the first day on a movie set?
Definitely. No matter what, I always feel like I’ve never done it before and I know absolutely nothing. But Jingle Ball feels like a high school reunion every year—we’re all back running through the halls and everyone’s on a new schedule. The energy is always great.
Who are you excited to see from this year’s lineup?
I generally freak out over anything Bruno Mars is involved in.
Has anyone from the music industry come out as a fan of Haiz?
I’ll never forget meeting Tove Lo for the first time backstage at the American Music Awards last year. I freaked out … I’m completely obsessed with her and her music, and I couldn’t form a sentence, but I was trying to say, “I’m a really big fan of yours,” and it turns out that she’s been so supportive of me, too.
Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
I live on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist. Whatever is on there, I’ll sing through or get my dancers to jam out to.
You’re turning 20 on Dec. 11. How does it feel to be entering a new decade?
The Edge of Seventeen is the perfect tie-in—I feel like it’s my graduation from being a teenager. I am no longer one, nor do I know that I’ll be able to play one. It’s a little bittersweet, but I’m excited to see what my twenties brings.
Will you be celebrating onstage like last year?
I just found out that the Critics’ Choice Awards are on my actual birthday … I still need to plan. I’ve been so busy! I might just wait another year ’til the big one.