Let's Go, Girls! Shania Twain on Her New Movie, Unique Style & Relationship With Fans
By Heather Donahoe
March 6, 2020
Shania Twain’s chart-topping career spans three decades of cheeky pop-country music anthems and playful glamour. She has five Grammy awards, more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and is settling into her second Las Vegas concert residency “Let’s Go!”, which is expected to run through 2021 at Planet Hollywood.
And now, fans can catch Twain on the big screen in I Still Believe, an inspirational faith-based biopic about love and loss. In the film, Twain plays Terry Camp, mother of Christian singer Jeremy Camp (KJ Apa), who struggles through the heartbreak of losing his young wife to a terminal illness, before finding his way back to love.
While the story is different from her own, the emotions that drive it are familiar to 54-year-old Twain, who remarried in 2011 after a crushing divorce three years earlier. And in the middle of it all, Twain struggled through (and overcame) the loss of her voice after a battle with Lyme disease. These days, Twain, who has an 18-year-old son, is focused on family, staying creative and using her own story to encourage others.
You have a really special relationship with your fans. Why is that important to you?
“I love the story we share together. There is a history there that is so valuable. It’s truly a long-term relationship. I’ve got such a diverse audience, and I think that’s a reflection of who I am as an artist. I just feel that I’ve been able to be myself with fans, and the beauty of it is whatever gap there might be between us completely closes up when we’re together at a show. The music brings us all together. I know my fans are people who look for that therapy and camaraderie in the music. My story means something to them.”
You have been very open and transparent about the struggles you’ve faced over the years. What has that done for you and for others?
“I think it gives people the inspiration to persevere through their own challenges. [Talking about] it has been therapy for me. My advice to anyone would be to share and communicate your pain. Once you open up, you realize how many people around you have similar suffering in common. It opens up a whole world of mutual understanding that you might not expect. Even when it’s not easy to go into that zone of vulnerability, push through that. The rewards are incredible.”
What drew you to your role as Terry Camp in I Still Believe?
“Their story attracted me. It’s beautiful—all about courage in facing the unknown. It’s the epitome of love and faith. I was absolutely moved by the story, and I think anyone who sees the film will be, too.”
How do you approach your career differently now, as opposed to 30 years ago?
“Well, for one, I’m much more appreciative of the opportunity to still be on stage. I lost my voice [for a while], and it took a lot of effort getting back on track. I just have more gratitude after those struggles. I’m thankful that I’m still able to perform for all these fans who are still showing their love and respect.”
How do unwind after a show?
“I like to get with friends and have a great meal. The food is incredible in Vegas. And honestly, I truly love coming straight back to my little farm, hugging my horses and putting them to bed.”
Any new music in the works?
“Oh, I’ve been writing a lot. It’s so easy to get burned out on the road, and a real advantage of being in Vegas is that you’re not traveling constantly and exhausting yourself. You can settle in and really get creative. I have a difficult time writing on the road, so I love being home and getting to really dig in.”
You’ve had so many memorable looks over the years. What is your approach to fashion?
“I just want to wear things that are flattering. To be honest, I always ignore what’s going on in fashion and pay attention to what flatters my body, what’s comfortable and what makes me feel good. I’m not a model, and I want to work with designers who respect my body type and understand what looks best on it.”