Thicke recasts himself as doctor of amour
By MESFIN FEKADU
Robin Thicke's latest CD is called "Sex Therapy," but the sensual singer says guys have to think beyond the bedroom if they want to keep a woman happy.
Thicke's prescription for a satisfied woman includes the occasional foot rub, a dinner date, shopping sprees and listening sessions. But sex does play a part as well — hence the title of the album.
"Some women can buy their own shoes, some women don't want to go to lunch, some women like to cook, but they all need sex therapy," he said with a laugh in a recent interview. "It's the one thing every woman's going to need sooner or later. Except a nun. So this album is not for nuns."
The Grammy-winning songwriter talked about his wife, actress Paula Patton, his upcoming film and getting raunchy on his fourth studio release, which features guests like Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z.
How did your family respond to the new music?
The CD is so wild and some people, they're a little offended even though they love certain songs. They're like, "Wow, you're getting so this and that." I'm like, "It's not that serious." ... My older brother, who always liked my music very much but never gone over the top, he just said, "I can't stop listening to it." He said, "This album is like great sex, I just want more and more and more of it." And I was like, "Wow, that's a pretty good advertisement." (Laughs) ... But then my mom (actress Gloria Loring) hears it and (is like), "Oh, it's a little aggressive for mommies."
Your wife is in the film "Precious." ... What was your first reaction after watching it?
I was the one who hooked it up. ... I had dinner with (director) Lee Daniels ... he gave me the script. My wife was doing a movie at the time, so I read the script. I cried reading the script. ... And she wasn't sure she wanted to do it. She didn't know how she'd make the teacher role original in the beginning, she was a little nervous about it, but I said, "Listen, I will pay this guy for you to be in this movie. This movie is going to make a difference." And I was lucky that I was right once (laughs). Because now she's very thankful that I told her you have to do this movie.
I hear will you be acting soon — tell me about that.
I wouldn't want to bring down other actors by saying what I'm trying to do is acting. (Laughs) What they do is acting, I'm just trying. But I got a role in this animated film ("Rio") with Anne Hathaway and a few other very talented people, where I play a bird, a singing bird.