Pop icon Katy Perry has long been fascinated by legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, whom she calls “the first real influencer.” That’s why the American Idol jury is so excited to be the voice of a new series that reveals untold secrets about Taylor’s life. But not everyone is convinced that she should spill the tea on Taylor.
Beginning October 3, 2022, Perry will feature a 10-part podcast series called “Elizabeth the First,” featuring never-before-heard stories from the people closest to the legendary actress. The series will also feature archive audio of Taylor, who died in 2011 at the age of 79.
In a new three-minute trailer for the series, Perry reminds audiences that long before there was social media or so-called “influencers,” Taylor was able to captivate audiences and lure thousands to a mall just to talk about her latest hear perfume.
“Elizabeth Taylor has fascinated, inspired and influenced me as an artist, woman and advocate,” said Perry.
The podcast series is produced in conjunction with House of Taylor, which is managed by three trustees of Taylor’s estate, whom she chose before her death to continue her legacy, including the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Topics include Taylor’s influence in fighting for equality in the male-dominated movie studio system when she was a young actress, including her successful negotiation of the first million dollar salary in Hollywood, which she earned for 1963’s “Cleopatra.” salary made her the highest paid actress in the world at the time. The podcast will also explore Taylor’s love for lavish jewelry, and how her business knowledge led to a record-breaking Christie’s auction of her jewelry.
In March, Perry told Variety why she wanted to be a part of the Taylor podcast.
“I’ve always felt a kinship with her,” she said. “I literally bathed in the same bathtub she made that bar-setting ‘Cleopatra’ deal! I’m inspired by her bold activism, her constant boss moves in business, and through it all, an unashamed way of loving – all the things I try to live in my own life. It is an honor to be able to share her story in this way.”
However, fans are divided over Perry’s involvement in the project. Her devoted fans, whom she affectionately calls KatyCats, flooded House of Taylor’s September 14 Instagram post about the podcast with celebratory comments.
One person wrote: “Katy Perry is an odd choice but cool to see more Elizabeth Taylor content coming out soon!”
“I was on board until I saw Katy Perry,” another commented.
One woman wrote: “Damn they couldn’t get Anne Hathaway or any star on the list, and actor, it’s an insult. She lip sings.”
When someone wrote, “No! Not Katy Perry!” several others replied that they had the same reaction.
But there were also those who are fans of both icons, with some crowning them “the queens” in the comment section.
One wrote: “I’m so excited to listen to katy talk about liz !!! my favorites!”
And someone else added: “Ahhh very excited. Two of my favorite icons in a podcast. Looking forward to.”
The podcast “Elizabeth the First” will be available everywhere from October 3 where podcasts can be downloaded.