The 5-minute Interview: Julian Schnabel, Artist and film-maker

'I have lost 30lb in a fast since last night'


Julian Schnabel, 56, is from Brooklyn, New York. He won the director's award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and a Bafta for best adapted screenplay for his film 'The Diving Bell And the Butterfly', which is released on DVD next month.

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be ...

Talking to Don Sanders about a painting in Texas.

A phrase I use far too often is ...

Whatever it was I erased it from my vocabulary, because every time I heard it, it bothered me so much. I think I took the word "like" out.

I wish people would take more notice of ...

Barack Obama. I think he should be president. We need him so the rest of the world doesn't see the US as isolationist.

The most surprising thing to happen to me was ...

I've lost 30lb since last night. I've been on a fast because I wanted to like myself better. I can't tell if I like myself any more.

A common misperception of me is ...

People can really find out about me if they look at my work. But they will probably find out things about themselves instead.

I'm good at ...

Surfing. The last time I surfed was in Mexico, but I'm not telling you where.

I'm very bad at ...

Giving interviews.

I am not a politician but ...

Vote for Obama. There is a lot of injustice and it is our responsibility to do something about it.

The ideal night out is ...

Not going out. I like to stay home. I am an artist and I make art so I'm normally busy getting on with my life as an artist at home.

In weak moments I ...

Make art. I make art when I feel good too.

You know me as an artist but in a truer life I'd have been ...

I've no idea. I'm happy now.

The best age to be is ...

I don't really care. I have been the same age my whole life.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this ...

Get to know something before you approach it. That way you also have something to give.

Rhia Chohan

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Management Trainer

£30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Exciting career opportunity to join East...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Scientist / Research Assistant

£18000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious start-up company b...

Reach Volunteering: Chair of Trustees

VOLUNTARY ONLY - EXPENSES REIMBURSED: Reach Volunteering: Do you love the Engl...

Day In a Page

In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible