Shirley Halperin has interviewed plenty of artists throughout her career. As the sole music editor for The Hollywood Reporter, she’s gotten backstage access to some of the most famous people in the world. But it was Justin Bieber who proved especially hard to get a hold of. Halperin had already interviewed the Beebs in 2011 (she recalls when he was “just this sweet little kid”).
In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Halperin dishes on all things Bieber:
How did the interview come about?
This is a story I had been chasing for a long time, five or six months. [His PR team] finally gave us the opportunity, and I think a lot of that is a testament to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s really such a huge get. I did the interview with him in person, just before he left for South America, where all the craziness has happened. It was definitely a matter of convincing the Bieber camp that this would be a good forum for him, where he could not necessarily defend his actions, but defend his art.
To read more about Halperin’s impressions of Bieber and her thoughts on working with Janice Min, read: So What Do You Do, Shirley Halperin, Music Editor For The Hollywood Reporter?