“I just felt such a kinship towards her because really weirdly she looks exactly like me when I was 20,” Welch tells Stone in a new Billboard exclusive video. “I had that bright red hair, blunt fringe. I was like, ‘I know this girl! I was this girl!’ I really kind of felt that desire to create but also I understand that chaos energy because I have been a chaos person.”
As for the overlap between music and style, Welch explains that it’s all about creative expression. “I was always interested in clothes, and fashion seemed like this outlet for creativity. Dressing up, for me, has always been a self-actualizing of the inner spirit,” she says. “I feel like it’s a way to get to the soul of you outside of yourself. With music, as my career got bigger, with a lot of the clothes, it was a way of armoring myself against the attention so that I could, very much like Cruella, embody a more frightening persona.”
Stone agreed with the empowering nature of fashion. “This enables [Cruella] to be powerful in the world,” she says. “Not having that passion for clothing and transforming herself in that way, I don’t think she would have that kind of strength. A lot of people just write off fashion as something kind of silly, and it really is not for many people. It’s something really powerful and very transformative.”
Watch the full interview here, and if you haven’t seen Cruella yet, catch it on Disney+ here. Since it’s a Premier Access title, to stream Cruella, it will cost $29.99 to watch on Disney+, in addition to the $6.99 monthly fee for the streaming service.
Cruella is also available to watch in theaters that have opened. See a list of theaters and showtimes here.