It should probably come as no surprise that Perez Hilton, celebrity blogger and self-declared "Queen of All Media," runs his one-man pop culture empire from a loft in his two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the Miracle Mile section of Los Angeles.
"I used to work on my laptop from a futon," he told us by phone earlier this week. "Then my mom made me get rid of it, and she got me a La-Z-Boy recliner, which actually is fabulous. So I sit on there, put my legs up and blog all day."
Considering his schedule, comfort is a high priority. "I set my alarm for 4, wake up at 4:20, and I'm blogging until 4:15 p.m. Then I go to the gym, come home, shower, have dinner, then I work more until about 10 p.m."
During our call, he was audibly multitasking on his computer and phone. Good luck having an uninterrupted conversation with the guy. "I'm trying to handle a bunch of different things at the same time," he told us.
One of those things is a nationwide tour for his new book "Red Carpet Suicide," wherein he also describes himself as a "laptop samurai" and "gossip gangstar." Hilton (who still uses his real name, Mario Lavandeira, when he checks into hotels) is in the Chicago area today for an appearance at the Borders in Oak Brook at 4 p.m.
Most days, though, he's ensconced in his apartment, where he has turned an extra bedroom into a closet/video studio. His mom, Teresita, and 24-year-old sister, Barbara, also live in his apartment building. "My sister's my assistant, and my mom is my professional mom."
His what? "She does mom-like things and I pay her! She cleans my house, she washes my clothes, she walks my dog"—a mini-goldendoodle named Teddy—"she puts gas in my car, she runs errands, she picks up my mail. Stuff like that."
After a long day immersed in pop culture minutia, 30-year-old Hilton retreats to his bedroom, a place he calls "very calm, very relaxed. Neutral colors."
What in your home says "Perez Hilton" lives here? Probably my pink closet. It's painted pink—the whole bedroom has been converted into my pink palace.
What is the most luxurious feature in your home? Well, the fact that I was able to convert my second bedroom into a closet.
One thing in your house from your childhood: I have framed pictures of, like, my [First] Communion and graduating from high school and other moments from growing up that my mom brought from Miami and didn't have enough space to keep in her apartment.
What's the strangest thing we would find in your fridge or freezer? Nothing strange. I get my meals delivered every day so all the food is fresh, and there's pretty much that and a lot of sugar-free Red Bull.
What's your favorite household chore that your mom is not currently doing for you right now? I don't do any household chores! I mean, I'm not spoiled. But that's why I moved my mom out—I needed the help. And she's a lot happier now that we're all together again, and she was able to quit her [lousy] job and now she just works a couple hours a day and it's all in the family.
Are there any aspects of "green living" in your home? Well, technically there's some "green living" in my home—every Friday I get green grass put in outside for my dog. I have a little balcony, and he gets new grass every Friday. It's in a big container—it's called Pooch Potty. You've never heard of this? He's supersmart now—he'll tap on the sliding glass door now when he needs to go outside, so it's at his disposal.
What is the biggest collection in your home? Probably magazines and newspapers and things that I've been in that I keep as my scrapbook.
Three food items you must have in the house at all time: Sugar-free Red Bull, my daily multivitamin, and my powdered vitamin C packets.
Finish this sentence: I can't live without my… Laptop. It's with me all the time, but I can't keep up this schedule forever. Maybe a couple more years? The goal is definitely to hire people, maybe this year if I'm lucky enough. I don't think it's healthy to work at this pace forever.
What's the most expensive thing in your house? Gosh, I don't know. Probably the flat-screen TV I never use. I don't watch any television.
What's hanging on the wall in your living room? I have lots of amazing portraits of me that were made by [blog] readers. They send them to me. A lot of them come framed, and I'm always so touched that someone so talented took the time to even make something based on me.
What's on your nightstand? My alarm clock, and my other alarm clock is on my other nightstand—I need a lot of snoozes before I wake up, so I have two alarm clocks.
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