Whatever happened to Alanis Morissette?

What's Alanis Morissette doing now?
Shocking revelation in 'Jagged'
A documentary by Alison Klayman
Assaulted as a young teenager
Not taken seriously
The life story of Alanis Morissette
Growing up in Canada and Germany
An interest in performing from a young age
Morissette's debut album
Her second album: not a success
Writing 'Jagged Little Pill' in Toronto
'Jagged Little Pill' a cult classic
Alanis tours the world
New albums and new roles
Award-winning music
Not just a singer...
Remember Alanis Morissette in 'Weeds'?
Alanis has struggled with mental health
Alanis' podcasts
Eating disorders, anxiety, depression
Happily married
11 years together
A family of five
Rockin' on Fraggle Rock
'Jagged Little Pill' The Musical
Happy to be back on stage
Alanis on Fox's 'Alter Ego'
'Alter Ego' premieres on Sept. 22
Alanis is a judge on the show
What will Alanis do next?!
What's Alanis Morissette doing now?

Whatever happened to Alanis Morissette? Well, actually, quite a lot! She's currently touring the world, and she's also the protagonist of the documentary 'Jagged,' in which she makes shocking revelations. Finally, the Canadian singer is a judge in the new talent show 'Alter Ego.'

Shocking revelation in 'Jagged'

In a new documentary titled 'Jagged' singer, Alanis Morissette speaks up about being the victim of multiple statutory assaults as a teenager.

A documentary by Alison Klayman

'Jagged', which is currently being screened at the Toronto film festival, is directed by Alison Klayman and centers on the life and work of Morissette.

(Photo: Still from 'Jagged' from TIFF.com)

Assaulted as a young teenager

According to the Washington Post, Alanis declared that she had been seduced and assaulted as a young teenager. “I would always say I was consenting, then I’d be reminded like ‘Hey, you were 15, you’re not consenting at 15.’” The legal age for consent in Canada is sixteen.

 

Not taken seriously

Morissette added that many people did not take her complaint seriously - not then, and not now. "It kind of fell on deaf ears... You know, a lot people say, 'Why did that woman wait 30 years (to report abuse)?' And I'm like f-off. They don't wait 30 years. No one was listening...."
The singer also said that many women often don't report abuse because "their livelihood or family was threatened."

The life story of Alanis Morissette

With the documentary and its shocking contents, as well as Alanis Morissette's world tour and new TV show, let's revisit her life story and see how the Canadian singer-songwriter quickly became one of the defining stars of the 1990s.

Growing up in Canada and Germany

Canadian artist Alanis Morissette was born in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, on June 1, 1974. The singer parents’ were teachers in a military school. They raised Alanis and her two brothers between Lahr, Germany, and Ottawa, Ontario, due to their profession.

Here we see a young Alanis with her grandmother.

(Photo: Instagram @alanis)

An interest in performing from a young age

Alanis was raised in a Catholic family and attended Catholic schools growing up. When she was six, she began showing an interest in piano and dance. Her parents encouraged her interest in the performing arts, and when Alanis was in junior high, she landed a role on the show ‘You Can’t Do That on Television.’

Morissette's debut album

At the beginning of the 1990s, Alanis’ singing career began with the release of two albums in the Canadian market. Her debut was a dance-pop album released in 1991, the disc was called ‘Alanis.’ Morissette co-wrote all the songs, and the album went platinum.

Her second album: not a success

Her second album, released in 1992 and called ‘Now is the Time,’ was more ballad driven and didn’t sell nearly as well.

(Photo: Instagram @alanis)

Writing 'Jagged Little Pill' in Toronto

It was in 1993 when Morissette was introduced to manager Scott Welch, that Alanis' life would really change. Scott loved Alanis' voice, personality, and talent for writing lyrics. It was decided that once Alanis finished high school, she should move to Toronto to further develop her music.

In Toronto, Morissette met Glen Ballard, who helped Alanis write what would be her first internationally released album, 'Jagged Little Pill.'

(Photo: Instagram @alanis)

'Jagged Little Pill' a cult classic

Following a recording deal in the spring of '95, the young performer moved to Los Angeles. She then released her ground-breaking album ‘Jagged Little Pill,' which shot Morissette into international star status. The album has become a cult classic and sold over 33 million copies worldwide.

 

Alanis tours the world

Following ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ the singer-songwriter shot into fame and toured the world. In this photo Alanis is playing in Berlin in 2004.

New albums and new roles

Alanis continued to release new albums and even produced one of them, ‘Under Rug Swept.’ However, Morissette has said that she did not enjoy the process of producing and hoped never to do it again! Here we see the singer promoting the album in Madrid in 2002.

Award-winning music

Since 'Jagged Little Pill' Alanis Morissette has been making music non-stop. She has won 7 Grammy and 13 Juno Awards for her music. Her most recent album released in 2020 is called ‘Such Pretty Forks in the Road.’

Not just a singer...

In 1999 Alanis played the role of God in Kevin Smith's comedic film 'Dogma.' Morissette also wrote a song for the movie's soundtrack.

Remember Alanis Morissette in 'Weeds'?

Alanis enjoys acting and has appeared on 'Sex and the City,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and eight episodes of the hit 'Weeds.' She also appeared in the Off-Broadway play 'The Exonerated.'

Alanis is pictured here with actor Lara Fabian and singer Sheryl Crow at the Cannes Festival in 2004.

Alanis has struggled with mental health

In recent years Alanis has dedicated a lot of time towards her recovery from mental health issues. As a part of her journey to self-discovery and healing she began a podcast.

(Photo: Instagram @alanis)

Alanis' podcasts

She has some fascinating podcasts on her website alanis.com where you can listen to interviews she conducts with experts on a wide array of subjects regarding wellbeing and personal development.

Eating disorders, anxiety, depression

The star suffered from eating disorders as a teenager and went into therapy to work through her issues. She has also had to deal with anxiety and depression and, most recently, postpartum depression.

 

Happily married

In May of 2010, Alanis married her current husband, rapper Mario’ Souleye’ Treadway, with whom she lives in Los Angeles.

11 years together

Recently Alanis shared a photo of her husband and herself celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary. It sure seems like the couple is still going strong!

A family of five

Alanis and Souleye have three beautiful children together: Ever, Winter, and Onyx.

Rockin' on Fraggle Rock

In the summer of 2020, Morissette delighted fans when she participated in a re-vamped mini-series of ‘Fraggle Rock’ called ‘Fraggle Rock On!’. The stars who appeared in the show were filmed from home with iPhones due to the pandemic.

'Jagged Little Pill' The Musical

In 2020, the ‘Jagged Little Pill’ musical premiered, based on the songs from the Grammy-winning album, including ‘You Oughta Know’, ‘Perfect’, ‘Ironic’, and ‘Hand in My Pocket’. The musical got 15 Tony nominations in 2020, including ‘Best Musical’.

Happy to be back on stage

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 'Jagged Little Pill' album, Alanis began her world tour this past summer. She's performing around the world until mid-November of 2021. If Alanis' Instagram account is any indication, it seems the performer is THRILLED to be back performing live on stage again, especially after so many months of downtime due to the pandemic.

Alanis on Fox's 'Alter Ego'

Recently, Alanis has also undertaken a new endeavour - being a judge on Fox's new television show 'Alter Ego.'

'Alter Ego' premieres on Sept. 22

The new program, which premiered on September 22, is a mix of 'Masked Singer' and 'America's Got Talent'. The singing participants don't appear in person but rather as an avatar.

(Photo Instagram@alteregoonfox)

Alanis is a judge on the show

Morissette joins other famous performers such as Nick Lachey, Grimes, and Will. I. Am. as a judge on 'Alter Ego.' Perhaps appearing in avatar format will help participants ward off stage fright as they perform before Alanis and the other judges!

What will Alanis do next?!

Many years have passed since Alanis began her career in music, and it is clear she has grown massively both as an artist and a person. We look forward to seeing and hearing what she does next!

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