Congratulations on having a No. 1 single and a No. 1 album.
I had been hoping for something like this for a long time, but I never really chased it. I had a great cake, so this is just icing!
How did the magic happen to make “Blurred Lines”?
It was just one of those special lightning bolts. We made the whole record in about an hour and a half. I just wanted to make a fun song that girls and guys can sing to each other on the dance floor and be silly.
In the explicit version of the video, the girls go topless.
It was director Diane Martel’s idea. When I saw both versions, I said, “Maybe just go with the clothed one,” but my wife [actress Paula Patton] saw the topless one and was like, “No way! This is so hot, sexy and original!”
Now it’s up for three VMAs this month. Which one do you want to win the most?
Anytime you can win Video of the Year is an amazing thing because that’s a part of history.
Any faves among the competition?
“Thrift Shop” [by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis] is a great video. I was laughing my head off when I saw that. I love that video.
You and Paula met in high school. What’s your secret?
When we feel like we’re in a bad place, we try to switch it up. We’ll go for a walk or put on some fun music. You just gotta laugh, dance and make love as much as possible.
Is your son Julian showing any interest in music yet?
He’s written six songs already. He’s 3 and wants to be a rock star! He’s my little road dog and the best thing that has ever happened to me.
What advice would you give young Robin debuting back in 2002?
Cut your hair! I was really a hippie back then with the long hair. But now it has its own muscle memory. I just snap my fingers like Fonzie and it stands straight up!