Beyonce Explains 'Fearless' Stage Persona In 2006 Interview

'I'm really more quiet, reserved,' singer said about her offstage personality.

At 25, Beyoncé was celebrating her independence as a solo artist on her second solo disc, B'Day, the follow-up to Dangerously in Love. And it wasn't just "Déjà Vu" for fans. The album showed Beyoncé's progression towards the heavier, hip-hop- influenced pop music of her 2008 disc, I Am ... Sasha Fierce.

In 2006, she sat down with MTV News to talk about the album, even hinting at her more aggressive stage persona, Sasha Fierce. "I absolutely get scared every time I get on the stage," she said. "I get nervous. I'm actually really scared when I'm not nervous because then I don't transform into that person that people are used to seeing."

She added that in real life, she's nothing like that girl you see in her videos and performances. "I'm really more quiet, reserved. I speak when spoken to and polite," she explained. "When I'm onstage, I'm aggressive, I'm strong, I'm fearless. So I'm not who I really am in real life."

At the end of the day, Beyoncé doesn't care about keeping up with the pop-star Joneses and feeling compelled to release a lot of music as trends change. For her, it's about making great, time-tested tunes. "Well, I guess the most important thing is it's not the quantity of things I do, it's the quality," she said. "And I'm way more selective and more specific, more involved. I am really picky and I make sure everything I do is something I'll be proud of 10 years from now, 15 years from now."