Santigold is dipping further into the acting world with a new role on Adult Swim’s comedy “NTSF:SD:SUV::,” in the episode that airs tonight.
In “Great Train Stoppery,” Santigold, aka Santi White, plays Millie, one of the trio of Time Angels who fly back into history to protect the past: in this case, Dash (Eliza Dushku), Clock (Jayma Mays) and Millie are trying to nab the robber who removed the golden spike that completed the railroad in the Old West.
In the process, Millie becomes an “accidental prostitute.” Y’know, as you do.
In the clip above, you see Millie “after I’ve done my duties, and I’m in need of a whiskey,” she told HitFix in our interview today. “It was awesome, it was a fun part and I got a great dress and stuff.”
The songwriter and performer hopes to turn acting into a more regular gig. She previously appeared as herself on “The Office” and has been taking acting lessons. This opportunity “just snuck up on me. I’ve been really looking into it, it’s really nice to have a new thing to focus on and challenge myself,” she continued. “Having been on [tour] for two years straight, I was like being a kid again, or learning a new sport. I’m full of wonder.”
While Santigold reveals she has another acting gig lined up – “a project in the works” – she’s in no way abandoning music. She released “Master of My Own Make-Believe” in the spring of 2012, and is hard at work on another “ambitious” effort for 2014.
“It is the most ambitious thing that I’ve ever done, musically,” she said of the forthcoming project. “For me it’s taking things one step further than what I thought I was creating on stage this last time.” She said she’s working from a very specific thematic direction, though wouldn’t hint what it is that’s inspiring her.
With her growing interest in the TV/film world, she did mention she adores the works of directors like Wes Anderson
, and enjoyed Oscar-nominated flicks like “Django Unchained
” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild
” because of their devotion to specific, stage-like aesthetics. Coincidentally, the bar in which she shot her scene for “NTSF:SD:SUV::” was also used in “Django Unchained.”
“That part where [Django] gets to pick whatever he wants, and goes for the blue velvet suit? Oh my,” she gushed, laughing. Riffing on clothes, the stylish singer said, “I’m always inspired by fashion, it’s just another form of art, like painting or listening to music or or home décor or having the most beautiful view of the ocean. It all works in the same way for me.”
On the future of her elaborate stage shows, singles and the way she thinks of presenting her music, Santigold elaborated her feelings on how records are released nowadays. At times, there is less emphasis on albums as a whole and more emphasis on lead singles, or major music videos trumping the final branded work of art.
“I’ve been thinking about the idea of the album a lot. I think its unfortunate -- it’s become such a singles market. I grew up in an era of albums. Even before my time, when I was 15 and just getting into the internet, I still bought albums later. I have a problem with the fact that everyone who puts out an album, usually there’s 1 or 2 songs that you wanna hear more than once on there and that’s it. I grew up during a time when you not only make yourself listen to the whole abum, but the albums were good all the way through. It was a treat, like every song was a whole new collection of great material.
“I do buy albums still, really! I buy them, and maybe I’ll put one song from them on a playlist… I’m not going to start making albums that aren’t working as albums. I love how an album is somehow unified as a body of work. I do know that in order to do that, you have to be a little more creative, and take risks. I’m trying to come up with concepts that work with that.”
"NTSF:SD:SUV::" airs late-night on Thursdays at 12:15 a.m.