Photo by Chris Johnson.

What are fish thinking when they change genders?

When Burt’s Bees invited me to this press event, they probably didn’t expect Isabella Rossellini to be the one asking questions, much less that one. Or for her to go on and note that gender assignation is largely a human construct. And to then express curiosity about what the process is like from the fish’s perspective.

Sitting next to Rossellini, holding my notebook, I’m not really sure how to answer. After a pause, undeterred, she explains that fish are less interesting to play than insects because “sometimes they spawn, but that is it.”