Katy Perry will soon embark on a new chapter of her career as the “Daisies” singer has been tasked with narrating the life story of the late Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor in a new 10-part podcast series dubbed, Elizabeth The First.
Fans are used to seeing Perry’s vibrate personality shine on TV, as she sits in the judging seat on American Idol, and through her fun, elaborate performances on stage. Now, the 13-time Grammy nominee will be heard in a totally new way as her voice spearheads this podcast. Her team at Kitty Purry Productions has teamed up with Imperative Entertainment and House of Taylor to launch Elizabeth the First.
“We are proud to announce this truly innovative and unique podcast about Elizabeth,” House of Taylor said in a statement. “During her lifetime, Elizabeth Taylor was arguably the most famous woman in the world. As such, she was talked about, written bout, photographed, referenced and celebrated ad infinitum. She was also judged, analyzed and lived her life under the constant scrutiny of the press and public. What makes Elizabeth the First extraordinarily special is that this will be the first narrative that explores Elizabeth as the original multihyphenate.”
Somewhere between being a busy mom, recording her own music, collaborating with other artists such as Thomas Rhett, and keeping her fellow Idol judges in line, Perry challenged herself to not only narrator this project, but also serve as executive producer alongside the overall series producer, Jason Hoch. The podcast is set to premiere later this spring and will feature Taylor’s legacy through the people that knew her best. Perry said it is an “honor” to be part of this project, which was created as a way to highlight some never-before-heard stories about the legendary actress.
“Like most people, I was attracted to her glamour, and in my own life, I continue to find myself referencing her through some of my visuals,” the “Teenage Dream” singer judge recently shared. “I’ve always felt a kinship towards her – I’ve even literally bathed in the same bathtub where she made that bar-setting Cleopatra deal! I’m inspired by her bold activism, her constant boss moves in business, and through it all, an unapologetic way of loving – all things I try to live in my own life. It’s an honor to be able to share her story in this way.”
Many know Taylor for her roles in classic films such as Cleopatra (1963), Butterfield 8 (1960), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), but this project written by Stephanie Koff is going to focus on what went on behind the scenes of what appeared to be her glamorous life. Before she died in 2011, Taylor used her celebrity status to bring attention to the reality of being a young, female actress in a male-dominated system and her fight to get the roles she believed she deserved. Listeners will also hear all about her struggles with alcoholism and drug abuse and how she used her voice to spread awareness of social causes such as HIV and AIDS.
Elizabeth The First will soon be made available on all major podcast platforms and the Imperative Entertainment Premium Channel on Apple Podcast Subscriptions.