Sometimes interviewing people who are looking to be interviewed is boring. Who cares about when your album drops, a woman might be president! And her opponent is a Satan reboot with skin discoloration! It seems like everything is exploding with new twists and turns and we want to know what you have to say about it. With Person of Interest we look for individualized takes on what’s happening in the world.
This week we talk with Los Angeles-based photographer, cryer, and close friend of mine, Emily Knecht.
Who, what, where?
I am Emily Knecht. I live in Hancock Park with my boyfriend’s parents. I like to call them my roommates. I am a photographer.
You once did a series of photos over a three-year span of you crying. Do you think you’ll do that again, but with another subject? Maybe you can document every time you’re watching a Bachlor/Bachlorette season finale.
When a couple outlets picked up the story and wrote about the project, I made the mistake of reading the comments. Someone wrote, “I took a selfie every time I took a shit for three years and Vice told me there was no story there. Sigh.” I thought that was a great idea and I might steal it.
The person who said that is funny and abusive. What’s the last thing that made you cry?
The West Wing, and that was today.
What is your relationship to Instagram and how do you think it has affected your career?
I have a really on-again off-again relationship with Instagram, but I think it’s really helped expose me to a wider audience, and therefore I’ve gotten a lot more jobs from it. It makes people think I’m cool.
What is the weirdest Instagram account that you follow?
I just started following someone that tattoos eyebrows: Shaughnessy Keely, and she’s brilliant. I also follow more Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise contestants than I’d like to admit.
What is the weirdest thing someone has ever DMed you?
I once received a message that said, “I adore you and I want to buy you a Porsche.” I regret not responding.
Yeah, me too. Are you going to buy the new iPhone and write it off as a work expense?
I don’t understand taxes, but that seems like something I should do.
Maybe you should have your roommates help you with your taxes. How long do you estimate it would it take you to lose the wireless earbuds?
One minute or never. I’m an extremist.
Does NYFW give you anxiety?
Yes, but everything gives me anxiety.
That’s beautiful. At Comedy Central’s roast of Rob Lowe, Ann Coulter became the real target. What’s the sickest burn you could give her?
She’s a fucking monster, I hate her. And I don’t know how to burn her. I thought everyone did a great job at the roast though!
What’s the sickest burn that’s ever been directed towards you?
“Chiche’ young, cute, naive, sheltered, over privileged, white girl, who ‘loves’ photography takes pictures of herself crying. This isn’t art. Get a job and stop spending all your parents money while blaming your problems on the evil male dominated world.”
I think this is my favorite from my collection. And I think he meant “cliché”.
I come from a blended family of five siblings from different parents and I know you have a weird family too. Remind me again how many siblings (step/half) you have and their ages?
Tyler: half-brother, mom’s side, 25
Scott: half-brother, mom’s side, 23
Nathan: half-brother, dad’s side, 24
Devon: step-brother, dad’s side, 33
Laurel: step-sister, dad’s side, 35
Stressful. Do you think your family would make for a good reality series?
We’re a wacky bunch. I think we would probably make a great reality show, but not a single person in my family would agree to be on one. I have been trying to figure out how to do a project on my family for awhile, so if there any suggestions please let me know!
What’s it like having a cop for a step-dad?
He’s retired now, but it’s been interesting. There are a lot of stories, and a lot more that I haven’t heard.
What did he tell you about how to deal with police officers?
He actually never really told me how to deal with them, but I grew up around them, so I’m pretty comfortable with them, which is why I do crazy things like the question below refers to.
When we were together once and got pulled over, you kind of yelled at the cops and then I was asked to exit the vehicle and put my hands on the hood of the car. Were you following his advice that time?
I will say that that situation was ridiculous. And I had had a few glasses of wine. And I was not yelling, I was merely asking why we had been stopped. It was his fault if he was intimidated by me.