Perez Hilton Interview: When I Was 17…


MTV will be premiering it’s new show, “When I Was 17” on Saturday, May 1, at 11am EST.

The show will give you a look back at some of your favorite celebrities when they were 17. The show will explore their family life, friendships, romantic relationships, part-time jobs and the things they did, or didn’t do, to get them to where they are today. “When I Was 17” is an instant nostalgia trip looking back at pop culture from the year each star was 17, as they reminisce about their favorite music, movies, and TV shows growing up. This new series will let viewer’s see how their favorite stars experiences at 17 were just like theirs.

One of the celebrities featured on the show is Perez Hilton We had the chance to ask the famous blogger/music expert about the show and what he was like when he was 17.

What made you want to get involved with “When I Was 17”?
Perez: It seemed like a great opportunity to share some hopefully inspiring stories with young people.

What clubs/activities were you involved in when you were 17?
Perez: I was involved in a lot of creative, afterschool opportunities. But most of my attention was devoted to acting.

How would you describe your style?
Perez: My style was non-existent. I didn’t’ even shop for clothes when I was 17. I would just wear the clothes my mom bought me or outfits I received as gifts from family and friends.

Did you fit into a certain clique?
Perez: Yes, looking back at it, most of my friends were other closeted gays.

Bullying is always a subject that comes up when talking about high school. Did you have to deal with bullying?
Perez: A little bit, but nothing excessive, thankfully.

What is something you know now, that you wished you would have known when you were 17?
Perez: That it’s a lot harder to get in shape when you’re older, so start at a young age.

What was the biggest event that happened in your life when you were 17?
Perez: Graduating high school.

Back then, did you ever think you’d be where you are now?
Perez: No, I never even dreamt this when I started my website. I’m living more than my dreams.

What advice do you have for 17 year old kids today?
Perez: Study hard, go to college, don’t do drugs, and practice safe sex.

Why do you think people will enjoy this show?
Perez: Because you get to see different sides of people that you think you might know about, but you get to see them from a different perspective.

Besides your website, do you have any other projects you’re working on? Music? Movies?
Perez: I am working on a lot of musical projects and I hope to launch them very soon.

Don’t forget to tune into the premiere this Saturday at 11am EST!