You might follow Nazanin Mandi on Instagram (chances are high—she has almost a million fans!) but there’s a lot you probably haven’t yet discovered about her. Besides being coupled up with musician Miguel (and starring in some music videos), the world traveler is an accomplished vocalist in her own right, with an imminent new EP and a history of major singing gigs, like performing Mozart at Carnegie Hall. (She also made the American Idol semi-finals despite being too young—15—to legally qualify for the show.)
We got the Valencia, CA native to answer our Popular Pop Quiz questions now, because she’ll be a huge pop star in the next, like, five minutes. After that, we’ll have to hitch her private plane if we want to get anything done, and you know how we feel about heights…
NAME: Nazanin Mandi
NICKNAME: Naz, Messy Mandi (don’t ask!)
OCCUPATION: Singer and actress
MOST TEXTED PERSON IN YOUR PHONE: My man, duh
DREAM ROLE IN A MOVIE THAT’S ALREADY BEEN MADE: One of the [retro] Bond Girls
DREAM CONCERT TICKET (ANY BAND, ANY DECADE): Michael Jackson. Sadly, I never got to see him perform live.
CAREER ICON: A mix between Cher and Jennifer Lopez
SPIRIT ANIMAL: My baby kitty girl, Vanity
FAVORITE SNEAKERS: Chucks all the way.
FAVORITE BOOK: Depends on my mood, it varies from The Mastery of Love to an inspiring autobiography or tantra.
TV ADDICTION: Empire!
KARAOKE ANTHEM: “Vision of Love” m
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Purple Rain
HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY? Sore as f***! It was “Leg Day” yesterday, and my trainer Torri kicked my ass!
WHAT IS POPULAR? Going against the grain and creating your own lane.