"It's a really exciting time for me," Lavigne told Billboard.com in the midst of her current promotional swing through Japan, Hong Kong and Australia to promote her third album, "The Best Damn Thing." "It felt really good."
But, she added, "People are like, 'Did you feel pressure?' and it's like, no. I never have, which is really good. I don't really think about things; I just do them. Of course I was like, 'Well, OK, how'd (the album) do?' But it wasn't like I was freaking out. I'm pretty chill."
Then again, "The Best Damn Thing" shows no signs of cooling off. With the first single, "Girlfriend," already having topped the Billboard Hot 100, the album is No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for the second consecutive week. So far it's sold more than 1.75 million copies around the world, according to RCA.
When she returns, Lavigne will film a video for the album's second single, the ballad "When You're Gone," and begin rehearsals for festival dates she's playing this summer. A full-scale tour isn't planned until 2008, but we'll still be seeing plenty of Lavigne in the coming months.
Later this year she'll film a starring role in "Twist of Fate," which she called "a dark kind of drama, sort of indie, kind of, but not too indie" that lets her do "a lot of freaking out and crying."
"I've been reading scripts for a really long time, and I haven't liked anything," Lavigne says. "I found something that was really awesome, something that I liked, and I'm gonna be the lead and work on it this winter."
"Twist of Fate" is expected to open in late 2008.