Elle Varner Talks Sexy New Album And Hollywood Dreams Of Playing A ‘Crack Whore’

Features

/ February 18, 2014

We’ve seen Elle Varner in several different looks—the blown-out ’fro, cute-and-curly, blonde bombshell. But the Los Angeles singer has Hollywood dreams of appearing as you’d never expect to see her.

“I wanna play a crack whore in an independent film,” Elle tells VIBE, moments before performing at Topshop’s Fashion Week party in Manhattan. She says she’s been auditioning and taking acting classes. “I just want a really dark, dramatic role. Something that people would not expect—I don’t want to, like, play a singer.”

While Varner sees the big screen in her binoculars, music is still in the foreground. And even there, with her upcoming Four Letter Word album, the 25-year-old songbird is set on taking risks with a more mature project than her debut.

“It’s definitely sexier,” she says of her sophomore LP, which is completed and dropping later this year. “I just went there. I didn’t hold anything back. I’m not a little girl. I know that I’m a role model, but everyone is going to grow up and all I can do is share my truth and know that there are going to be girls and women that go through the same things I did. It is what it is. I’m not here to be perfect.”

The Wale-assisted single “Rover” is a taste of Elle’s more assertive sexuality. (She sings: “Grab me by my dress and slowly tear it at the seam/Throw me on the bed and baby I’ll try not to scream”). But that’s not the only suggestive track on the Perfectly Imperfect follow up.

“There’s one song called ‘Dirty Little Things,’” she says with a giggle. The song was produced by Eric Hudson (who also produced the aforementioned “Rover”). “It’s almost like ‘Sound Proof Room,’ totally different beat—it has a very OutKast vibe. It’s dark and moody. But it’s saying, ‘I’m looking at you, and you have no idea all these dirty things I’m thinking about you.’”

Outside of Four Letter Word, Elle has been communicating with Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper about collaborating. But all in all, Elle just wants to show you that she’s more than the curvy beauty that meets the eye.

“I want to be known as a composer, musician, producer—the all-encompassing music female,” says Elle. “I’ve learned so much about myself through recording this album. I had to challenge myself and take risks. Artistry comes first and everything else—I’ll worry about that later.” —John Kennedy