For those of you who missed the chance to see JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER in theatres, the DVD/Blu Ray release is this Friday! For those who have seen it, you may remember a very fast (but adorable) scene where Bieber is walking down a street of Stratford where he used to busk, and he stops to have a little chat with 11 year old violinist, Jennifer Saunders. We caught up with Jennifer to see how the experience has since changed her life!
Were you a fan of Justin Bieber before you met him?
Yeah, I was. I’ve always liked Justin.
Did you know about it in advance?
No, it was a complete shock… when [the cameras] first came down the street, I thought it was the news or something.
Did you get to see yourself on camera? How did it feel to see yourself back again?
I saw the movie, and looking back I wish that I had talked a little more! I was really quiet and I was really shocked.
You seem to have kept your composure well, were you scared or nervous at all on the inside?
Mainly just shocked!
How long have you been busking?
I’ve been playing [the violin] since I was four, so about seven years of busking. Seven and a half maybe…
So you’ve been busking for a long time, what motivated you to get out there?
It’s fun, I learned the violin at about three and we heard about busking so we went busking and I liked it so we’ve been doing it ever since.
Where do you hope playing the violin will take you?
I would like to play in a symphony like my teacher, Andrea Barstad. And yeah, just play in front of people.
Do you play any other instruments?
Yes, I play piano and clarinet.
What’s your favourite song to play?
For piano: Cruella de Ville, for violin: the rot, and for Clarinet: Minuet.
Has meeting Justin Bieber changed your approach to music at all?
A little bit, I’ve always liked his music, but now, it makes me want to go busk even more. I keep wondering who I’ll meet next!
If you had a chance to meet anyone else, who would you pick?
I’m a fan of Taylor Lautner, so him.
Is there anything else you want to share about the experience?
He said to follow your dreams, and I will!
Thank you, Jennifer Saunders!
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