My surname “Hoefer” is German. My parents came up with the name “Hanli”. They wanted to keep the letter H because its tradition in my dad’s family for everyone’s name to begin with H. But loosely translated, “Han” means person, and “Li” is beautiful.
I messed up with Snoop Dogg’s name change (now known as Snoop Lion) at the audition. Everyone laughed it off because it was a recent change. It wasn’t a very spontaneous decision to pursue this job, I did think of being a VJ as a child, I never thought the opportunity would come, so when it did come, I didn’t want to give myself false hope. I just went in there with no expectation.
If I meet Justin Bieber, I’d ask him this question: I’d like to know what his perception of normal is. Because the kid grew up in the spotlight and he’s a multimillionaire, and everywhere he goes, there are crazy fans. So it’d be interesting to see what a normal day for him is like.
For the full interview, read the April issue of FHM (#174).