Q: What do you think of the new airport security?
A: Everything is cool. I think they're taking care of things. You never know whether people are going to be nice to you or be jerks and search your bags.
Q: You sound like an expert.
A: Exactly. I get my bags searched all the time. They're pretty much trained to check anyone's bag who is going one way on first class. So, yes, most of the world's airport workers know exactly what is in my bags.
Q: You must look really crazy by the time you land.
A: Usually I am going crazy when I'm packing for a flight because I realize I'm running behind. So I don't know what I'm packing, I don't shave, my hair is all messy and I'm wearing crazy glasses. I probably look a little suspicious.
Q: That's hair and glasses discrimination.
A: Oh, I know. Just because my hair is sticking up. Definitely pack a hat when you go on a flight. For whatever reason, I get searched at airports and I can't get a job at Disneyland. What are you going to do?
Q: But I heard you get special treatment at Disneyland.
A: That's right. It was very cool. This is the first time I got VIP treatment at Disneyland. We were trying to eat somewhere and there was a 2 1/2-hour wait and this guy came up to us and said, "Hey, Josh. Need a seat? No problem." And he got us this guy to take us around the park and cut to the front of all the lines. It was fun to have that. I was with all my friends who I have known since high school, so they were just beside themselves.
Q: What else do you get at Disneyland besides cutting in line in front of all the normal people?
A: I think that's pretty much all they have to offer.
Q: There's no secret racquetball courts or opium dens?
A: Not that I know of. I think I have to work another year or two to see those. But for now I get the preliminary VIP treatment.
Q: Do your friends hate you?
A: Sometimes. They're very cool, very supportive. They've known me for a really long time and they know me for me -- the good stuff and bad stuff. They're some of the few people in the world who can say they are in my inner circle.
Q: But they're mad at you because you're famous.
A: They get a little uncomfortable sometimes if people are coming up to me. You know, it's hard to make friends and loved ones understand what my schedule is like. I can't go to movies. I can't go out for coffee until 2 a.m. They don't get it sometimes. I want to be with them, but that's the one sacrifice I've really had to make. My free time has gone out the window.
Q: If you're out with your girlfriend, how do you handle it when girls slip you love letters and underwear and things like that?
A: Well, I'm single right now.
Q: So you didn't handle that situation too well.
A: No, we're just maintaining a good relationship because the schedule is getting in everyone's way. So we're just taking a break.
Q: Now you can get all the underwear you want.
A: Well, it's more at the meet-and-greets where people give me stuff. I get weird things to sign. Usually, if I'm just walking around, they haven't had time to prepare anything. So I get a lot of, "Oh, did you get your New Year's kiss?"
Q: If you're not careful might catch something.
A: Exactly. No New Year's kisses from strangers.
Q: Why do you think men are so intimidated by your soaring operatic voice?
A: I don't know.
Q: The ratio of your female-to-male fans is something like 87 to 19.
A: For me, hey, that's fine. I don't mind that at all. If you want to get a date, come to one of my meet-and-greets. The few guys that are there are, like: "If you sign this for me and I take it home to my girlfriend tonight, I'm going to be a hero." But I try to win over the guys as I meet them. They're usually there because of their moms or girlfriends. Maybe on the next CD we'll pick up some guys.
Q: Wasn't opera supposed to be masculine?
A: Oh, it was. It was very masculine. They were the rock stars. They were the Eminems of the day. Obviously, that has gone out the window.
Q: Maybe you could put some violence on your next record.A: Right. Maybe I'll do a song about hockey.