Mar 9, 2012 11:12 AM
Lenny Kravitz is still HOT at 47 years old, as these new pics for Interview magazine prove. The shirtless shots show the rocker in a domestic scene -- apparently cooking up a meal for himself (in what appears to be a low-rent apartment -- is if he lives in a place with a kitchen like that!). But no matter ... he looks hot!
The singer spoke to the mag about his role in the upcoming Hunger Games, in which he plays Cinna, a stylist who dresses Jennifer Lawrence's character in her eccentric attire. Kravitz says of being offered the part by director Gary Ross:
- "He said 'Hi, I’m making this movie called The Hunger Games. I think you’d be great. If you want it, you’ve got the part.' No audition. I was really flattered, but I had not read the book. So I downloaded it. I remember I started it late one night and I needed to go to bed—I was tired and had been recording all day and night—but I couldn’t stop reading because I was captured by the story. So I finished the book and called him back and said, “I’d love to do it.'"
He also addressed growing up bi-racial. Kravitz's father, Sy Kravitz, is of Russian Jewish descent and his mother, Roxie Roker, is African-American: "Well, it’s who I am. It’s how I grew up. It’s my parents’ story of being an interracial couple, and everything they went through. It’s also where we are today in America in terms of dealing with this whole racial issue."
He says being bi-racial affected his career in music:
- "We’ve moved forward, and there’s an African-American gentleman in office, but now the people who don’t agree with that or don’t like it are showing how they feel. As much as we’ve moved forward, we’re also being pulled back. I’ve always had to deal with being biracial, even in music. When I came on the scene, I’d go to these record labels, and they’d say things like 'Lenny Kravitz. That’s a weird name.' You know, I’m brown-skinned and I’ve got these dreadlocks and I’ve got this Jewish last name. Then I come in with this rock ’n’ roll-oriented music, and it’s not black enough . . . I’ve always had to deal with this black-white thing."
Check out the singer/actor in Hunger Games, when it hits theaters March 23.