Since I interview celebrities for a living, I meet a lot of different characters. More often than not, the stars I chat with are at the very least nice and professional, minus the occasional bad apple. But it's always refreshing to interview someone who is truly down-to-earth and, simply put, cool. Catching up with Pete Wentz at NBC's Summer Press Day in Pasadena, Calif. while promoting his Oxygen series Best Ink (airing Wednesdays at 10/9c) was one of those moments. Check out our convo below for Pete's take on his tattoo reality competition, Fall Out Boy and being a dad.
OK!: What appealed to you about Best Ink?
Pete Wentz: When you’re in this world (the entertainment biz) you get pitched things all of the time and none of them really make sense to me. This one is really authentic to who I am. I can just be myself and they’re not like, “Cover up your tattoos,” or anything like that. So that was a good thing. The rest of it was kind of cool because they were like we’re gonna really relaunch this season with the flash challenges, which are the non-tattoo challenges, they were like, give us your ideas. If you want to do something crazy, we’ll make it happen. It’s crazy stuff. It’s fun.
OK!: Which one of the contestants would you trust to give you a tattoo?
PW: To be honest with you by the end, like the last third of the season, there was definitely three contestants that I would have gotten a tattoo from.
OK!: For those who haven't already checked out the new Fall Out Boy album, what can they expect?
PW: Green Day’s Dookie touched me in a way when I was in high school where I was like, oh, man, I’m this weird little guy and somehow this music makes me feel like maybe it’s okay that I’m weird. They were like a gateway band for me to find other bands that were really inspiring to me. If anything I hope this album can reach kids like that and be like, all right, it’s okay for you to be weird. I want to be played on the radio because I want kids to hear it on the radio and be like, “Oh, those guys are kind of weird looking and strange and I’m weird looking and it’s okay.”
OK!: How have you drawn inspiration for this material?
PW: It’s all over the place. I feel like taking three years off and getting your own headspace and being able to be like…learning how to do your own laundry, learning how to go through the airport, basic adult stuff that everybody does you don’t have to do when you’re a guy in a band. When you take a break, being able to do that and get that perspective was really good.
OK!: Has being a dad helped you at all?
PW: I think so. I think that’s one of those things that influences everything you do, so when I go get coffee, you always think about that and you process it. There’s no song where I’m like, “Oh, that’s the being a dad song,” but I think in more so how I interact with the guys in the band I think I have a different level of patience, and understanding how to broadcast less so the stuff that you say is more important.
OK!: Have you run any of the new music past Bronx?
PW: I think he’s real uninterested in what his…I think he thinks it’s cool. He’ll ask, “What work are you doing tonight?” And I’m like, “I’m doing tattoo TV show work.” And he’s like, “Oh, that’s funny.” He’s used to being on a set and in a trailer. I think dad’s special to him only because he’s dad.
OK!: What’s your favorite part of being a dad?
PW: I like the way he keeps me grounded. I like the way when you get up in the morning, your kid doesn’t care what you were doing the night before, it’s time to make pancakes. You can go out and be the guy on Best Ink or the guy in the band and that’s not who you are to your kid. That’s really good and really helpful. It’s a humanizing aspect of it.
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