Who’s the kid on your album cover?
That’s my sister’s boyfriend’s daughter.
How’d you select that to be your Bandcamp photo?
I just love that photo of her, and one day we were just hanging out and my sister took a bunch of photos of us, and I liked that photo. It’s nice that she really likes me. I take it so personally when a kid doesn’t like you. When I was growing up, I had this little cousin I tried to make laugh one day. There was this thing my mom used to do where she’d bang her elbow in the doorframe — like you’d pretend to hurt yourself, and you’d go, “Help!” And my little cousin looked at me and started bawling her eyes out. It really broke my heart. So now it means so much to me that this little girl is happy when she’s around me.
Q&A: Michael Cera on his surprise album True That