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Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Favorite Music


The object of Michael Cera’s affection in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, on the soundtrack to her life. [Full Story]

What was the last concert you attended?
I went to see Bat for Lashes in Toronto. It was mesmerizing. [Scott Pilgrim director] Edgar Wright had sent me “What’s a Girl to Do?” and I became completely obsessed with the video of her on the bike with the boys in bunny costumes.

Which of your costars had the best taste in music?
Brie Larson and I connected over French pop. She was really into Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg, and I had just discovered France Gall.

Who would you like to portray in a rock biopic?
Fiona Apple. I’m a singer and I’d like to do “Never Is a Promise.”

What’s the first album you bought with your own money?
Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. When I was in fifth grade, I thought I was 17. I have memories of listening to “You Oughta Know” on the radio and knowing the “Are you thinking of me when you blank her?” part was coming up and trying to switch the station really fast. The embarrassment of hearing those words in the presence of your parents is the worst.

Name the band that comes after Radiohead on your iPod.
The Raincoats.

Who would we be surprised to learn is in your collection?
mewithoutYou. My boyfriend and I met on a cruise when we were 18 and bonded over their second album, especially “Nice and Blue, Pt. 2.” We’re getting married in October.

What song will you dance to at the wedding?
I’ve been shopping for music from the ’50s and ’60s, like the Shangri-Las, the Shirelles, and Roy Orbison. I really love Ben E. King, so I think one of the slow dances will be “Stand by Me.”

Name a song you listened to in the past 24 hours.
“Crystalised.” I thought I was the only one who knew about the xx, but they caught on so quickly I feel like I’m late getting on the bandwagon.

Who’s the most controversial artist that you’ve ever been a fan of?
Madonna. I was nine when her Erotica album came out, and my friends and I had a little group that we named “Erotica” even though we had no idea what it meant. We were like, “It’s pretty, it’s cool, it’s erotica.”

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