The multi-talented star with an adorable appearance has been solidifying her status since cracking mainstream U.S. back in 2001. Christina Milian is a multi-talented phenomenon whose resume includes film, television, theater and music. With starring roles in feature films and her highly-anticipated debut album It’s About Time ready for release, Milian is poised to take the entertainment industry by storm. You know her from the infectious single “AM To PM” which hit the top position on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart in 2001, yet that was just a taste of what this multi-faceted young woman is capable of. An accomplished singer, songwriter, dancer, TV personality and actress, Christina has become a star of international proportions. She’s gone platinum, written hits for a slew of international acts, hosted MTV’s ‘Wannabes,’ enjoyed two Top 5 hits on the UK charts, recorded a smash that was No. 1 on RadioDisney for 12 weeks, had roles in several feature films and brought her intoxicating pop/R&B grooves world wide.
Add to Christina’s amazing list of accomplishments this; her long-awaited Island release It’s About Time. Featuring production from some of the heaviest hitters in R&B including Warryn Campbell (Alicia Keys, Brandy), Corey Rooney (Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey), Polli Paul (Black Eyed Peas), Bryan Cox (Usher, Lil Bow Wow) and songs co-written by Christina, It’s About Time is a sizzling indication of who Christina is and where she’s at.
As Christina explains it, “Obviously the title refers to the length of time that it took me to complete this and finally have an album available in the US. But the other meaning is that I’ve learned that everything in my career has to do with timing. Clearly I could have rushed to put an album out two years ago when I first had a hit single, but because I had to wait, it worked out for the best. Everything happened for a reason, and it’s made me who I am. Which means that this album is really a reflection of me.” One listen to It’s About Time and it is clear that Christina is in a decidedly more mature space. “I’m older now. When ‘AM To PM’ came out I was a teenager. Now I’m 22 and so songs on this album have a little more depth to them.” The depth is evident by the album’s R&B vibe and lyrics that have a bit more edge. You can feel the sexy point of view on cuts like the up-tempo “Love.” Produced by Warryn Campbell and featuring label mate Joe Budden, “Love” vibrates with a retro 80’s dance club feel.
Another track guaranteed to make you move is the rhythmic “Peanut Butta And Jelly,” produced by KP and EZ Tommy. “I love that song,” Christina offers. ”It’s got this real energized beat; it totally makes you wanna dance. It’s gonna be a great song for my live shows”. Equally propulsive is the first single “Dip It Low,” which came via new comer Polli Paul. Although Christina is one of the industry’s most in-demand songwriters (she co-wrote Jennifer Lopez’s hit “Play”), sometimes she seeks out inspiration elsewhere. With her album nearly completed Christina knew that something was missing and as fate would have it a friend turned her on to a hot producer. “When I met Polli and he played me “Dip It Low” I just flipped. The song was crazy, so I just went right back into the studio to record it and everyone just loved it.”
Yet it’s not just on up-tempo jams where Christina shines. Listen to the lovelorn ballad “Someday Oneday,” produced by Corey Rooney or the emotional “Oh Daddy,” and you will hear an introspection that can only come with growth.” I’ve been through a lot these past few years, both good and bad, so it’s natural that my songs are going to reflect my thoughts.” Born to Cuban native parents in New Jersey and raised in Maryland, Christina has had her eyes on the prize since she was only four years old. “I remember as a kid watching TV and I’d try to get inside of the television. That’s how much I wanted to be a star!”
While still young, Christina landed a role in a musical theater play and later parlayed that into a recurring part on the Disney Channel’s Movie Surfers. At 13 Christina and her mom (who she cites as a major support) moved to Los Angeles so that Christina could pursue acting. Christina landed guest spots on TV shows such like Charmed and Sister Sister and provided voice over work for the No. 1 film A Bug’s Life. In 2000 Christina gained worldwide fame when her girlish vocals were showcased on Ja Rule’s No. 1 hit “Between Me and You.” Soon everyone was wondering who was that girl singing the hook and Christina’s star began to rise.
Propelled by the overwhelming success of the Bloodshy produced “AM To PM” Christina started recording the collection that was slated to be her debut. Suddenly, Christina was a huge star in places she’d only dreamed of and her music was loved by fans that didn’t speak English. “I’d grown up watching people like Michael and Janet Jackson. People who were universal superstars, so for me, being able to conquer different territories was a very big deal. The whole experience made me more confident and proud that I could reach so many people. Sure it was hard not having an album available back home but in the end it all worked out for the best. I had the chance to tour (she hit 17 countries between 2001-2002) and work on my songwriting. So everything happens for a reason and I know I’m blessed.”
The blessings also manifested itself when it came to Christina's acting career. In 2002 Christina was tapped to host MTV’s widely popular Wannabes and it was on an episode that she met director Joseph Kahn. Kahn asked her to audition for the feature film Torque opposite Ice Cube. She secured the part, which subsequently landed her the coveted lead role opposite Nick Cannon in the box office smash Love Don’t Cost a Thing. Christina’s star continues to rise on the silver screen with a lead role in Cheer Up opposite Tommy Lee Jones, as well as a choice part in Be Cool (the follow-up to Get Shorty), alongside John Travolta, Uma Thurman and others. With a thriving film career, Milian continues to be passionate about making music. “Singing and acting are both my passions and they go hand in hand.”She might have undergone a circuitous route, but it seems that in 2004 Christina Milian is ready to stand in the spotlight and go for hers. As her album title would indicate, in the end it’s often about timing and with Christina Milian, that time is now. Christina Milian was born on September 26, 1981, in Waldorf, Maryland. Milian is a normal girl and her healthy shopping addiction proves it. "I love clothing, and shoes are my true weakness...I keep everything they'll let me from the movies. One day when I'm more famous, I want to auction them off and start a charity."
Christina Milian gets monkeys from fans !
Christina Milian collects exotic gifts from her fans and if she is in Japan , she is sure to leave with antique jewellery, stuffed monkeys and sushi.
The sexy singer has performed in the Asian nation a number of times, and on each occasion she visits, she leaves with a large collection of special gifts from fans.
"It's all about honour in their culture and they're constantly giving gifts, like right off their back. You'll meet somebody and they'll come over and they're like, 'Oh my gosh! Milian!' And they start crying and they'll take like antique jewellery that a grandparent probably gave 'em and be like, 'Here, please take this!' And I don't wanna offend 'em so I have these pieces of jewellery, like really nice jewellery, that they've given me. It's such an honour.", RatetheMusic quoted her as saying.
In my interviews they'd ask me, 'What are your favourite things?' I'm like, 'I love monkeys, I love sushi.' So all the time they've given me stuffed monkeys and sushi. I gotta start saying money and Louis Vuitton, or something!' I got plenty of monkeys at home!", she quips.
Christina Milian wants to keep her 'booty'!
Sexy singer Christina Milian says she loves her curves but fears losing her round butt while doing workouts.
"I do Tae Bo and I do a bunch of workouts all the time and sometimes I have to worry. I don't wanna have a long back. So I always make sure whenever I'm working out, I'm like, 'Please keep the booty!' I work on that.If you're gonna dip it low you gotta have some booty!" The Sun quoted her as saying on the Conan O'Brien show.
Christina Milian on "Be Cool"
Our own Thomas Chau first declared his love for pop/R&B singer Christina Milian when in November 2003, he was quoted in the national trade ads for “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” as saying “Milian and Cannon are awesome together.” Well, truth is, he wanted to say “Milian and Chau are awesome together” but I think the first quote would’ve sold more tickets.
The beauty from Jersey City, New Jersey joins a stellar cast in “Be Cool,” the sequel to 1995’s “Get Shorty” in which John Travolta reprises his role as Chilli Palmer, a former shark loan who decides to leave his past and become a Hollywood producer. And while Chilli spent his time learning the ropes behind the camera in the first film, he finds himself jumping into the music business when he meets a young singing protégé, Linda Moon (Milian). But as he quickly finds out, the music business can be even crazier than he ever expected.
Below, Christina speaks about her own singing career and working with the cast and crew of “Be Cool.”
Q: Can you tell us who your character is and what she’s about?
CHRISTINA: Well, she’s an aspiring singer/songwriter who comes to Hollywood to pursue her career and dream. Unfortunately, she gets stuck in a really bad record deal by a company run by Vince Vaughn and Harvey Keitel. They’re really sleezy. She signed with them and she’s also in a really bad girl group called the Chicks International ala Spice Girls. It seems like there’s no hope or no way getting out of it. They won’t let her get out of her deal and she doesn’t do the music she loves to do. Really, she’s the voice of the group. But she hears about Chilli Palmer, a movie producer, and he sees the talent in the girl and finds out how humble she is – that she’s a real girl, a church girl. She has a dream but she can’t get out of her situation. He becomes inspired so that’s how he gets into the music business: to help this girl.
Q: How was working with an acting icon such as John Travolta?
CHRISTINA: It was an amazing experience actually. I was learning a lot. The whole time I was taking in the whole situation because never in my life did I ever imagine working with him. I’ve been watching him my whole entire life and he’s an A+ actor so I was extremely nervous. My first couple of days actually my hands were sweaty and my legs were shaking. To this day, if I sit next to him, it’s the same thing. Still, it was really sweet. It’s nice to be around people who’ve been around for so long, to be so humble, and see that Hollywood hasn’t affected them. They’re good at what they do. I was watching to see how he got in his character and prepare for the future.
Q: How tough was it to keep a straight face around Vince Vaughn?
CHRISTINA: [Laughs] Very tough. Vince Vaughn, the character he plays, is hilarious. He stays in character on and off the camera! In the movie, he’s yelling at me all the time. In the middle of lunch, all of a sudden, he’s like, “Linda! Linda!” And for anyone who doesn’t know he’s in character, they’re looking at him like, “Yo, what’s up?” The first time he did it to me, I was like “Do I stay in character? We’re not at camera!” So I started to get into it because I thought it would help him out. It was good to watch him so maybe later on, when I do a character like that, I will just stay in character and do that and focus on the character. But that guy was hilarious. F. Gary Gray, the director, he couldn’t help himself but laugh so we had to do a couple of takes over and over again.
Q: You have a great scene where you duet with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith on stage. Were you nervous?
CHRISTINA: Performing with Aerosmith, really, I was speechless. We actually shot this scene live. It was at an Aerosmith concert in Boston. There were 30,000 fans and we were singing one of their songs, “Cryin.” I was really nervous because it’s their song, the fans were there to see them, and they didn’t know who I was and I didn’t want to mess-up the song. I’ve been watching Aerosmith forever and singing with Steven Tyler was a whole new experience. I was a little shaky but the moment I got up there in stage, I think my confidence went through the sky because having the band there and the audience screaming. It was amazing. I think we had an automatic connection. The chemistry was great on stage and we shot it live three times on stage. I had a beautiful time with him. I felt like I was a part of the band by them.
Q: How are things with Nick [Cannon]? Did you do anything fun for Valentine’s Day?
CHRISTINA: Well everything’s going well with Nick. As you guys know, we’re dating. We’re best friends. Everything’s going wonderful. For Valentine’s Day, actually, we had the premiere of “Be Cool.” We’ve been so busy lately but really I don’t need anything. I’m happy just spending time with him.
Q: How was performing in the movie as an actress different from performing as a singer?
CHRISTINA: Performing throughout the movie, it was different for me. When I got the role of Linda Moon, I knew for me, I put a lot of pressure for me. I heard hundreds of girls had auditioned for the role. There were R&B girls, there were rap girls, all of them, they all wanted the role. I didn’t expect to get it at all. Even when I auditioned for it, I just wanted to meet F. Gary Gray. I thought that this was the best opportunity for me because honestly, in my career, it’s been a long haul. It’s been a nice climb and I knew having this would make a lot of things happen for me. When I went into the studio to record some of the songs, I really pushed myself. I didn’t want people to just see Christina Milian the performer, but her as Linda Moon. I had to learn how to play the piano again for this movie so I’m glad I got to showcase different talents in the movie.
Q: So how exactly does one “dip it low”?
CHRISTINA: [Laughs] You haven’t seen the video? You give a little booty and definitely it’s a little dig I like to do. [Laughs]
She's 1 in a Milian
Among a sea of 10 big-name celebrities — including John Travolta, Uma Thurman, The Rock and Steven Tyler- she's the one who pops out on the Be Cool movie poster like a colorful new shape in a box of Lucky Charms cereal.
Pink hearts. Yellow moons. Green clovers. And now red-hot Christina Milian.
You also might have seen her on the Grammy red carpet, making best-dressed lists with Beyoncé and Alicia Keys.
Now art is imitating life for Milian, who stars as up-and-coming pop diva Linda Moon, protégée of Travolta's Chili Palmer, in Be Cool.
At 23, Milian is on the verge of breaking out à la Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, all of whom started off, like Milian, as child stars employed by the Walt Disney Co.
As a teenager, she worked as a junior journalist interviewing celebs on the Disney Channel's Movie Surfers.
One of her interviewees was a 12-year-old Lindsay Lohan, then promoting her breakout role in The Parent Trap. "She was adorable, with her little freckles," says Milian, who reunited with Lohan Dec. 31 as co-hosts of MTV's TRL New Year's Eve show. (Milian also hosted MTV's Wannabe for two years
Despite her fame, Milian, who goes by Tina, has maintained her strong Catholic convictions. She brings her mother/manager Carmen (who is divorced from Milian's dad, Don) to lunch, and following Carmen's lead, bows her head in silent prayer when her salad is brought to the table. "We pray constantly and appreciate life," she says. "The struggles I've been through have gotten me to where I am today."
Says her mother: "She realizes that more than her career, God comes first, family second."
It wasn't all that long ago that Christina and Carmen were living in a small North Hollywood apartment, driving a broken-down car and cleaning homes together to help pay the bills. One day, the family (including younger sisters Danielle, now 19, and Lizzy, 17), sat down and prayed for an opportunity, and, boy, was the prayer answered.
Before long, Milian sold one of her songs, Play, to Jennifer Lopez. Last June, her debut album, It's About Time, was released, and she's preparing another album for music producer Jay-Z. The family now lives in a sizable house in upscale Calabasas.
Milian's Valentine's Day was spent at Be Cool's L.A. premiere. She brought her longtime "friend" Nick Cannon, 24, as her date. (The two met at a Will Smith party five years before co-starring together in 2003's Love Don't Cost a Thing.) So, are they more than friends?
"We definitely date, and we're definitely very close," she says. "I can talk to him about everything." She downplays their relationship, she says, to be perceived as single. "The audience wants to feel they have a certain closeness to you — with nobody getting in the way."
Christina Milian knows how to keep a man satisfied
Now she’s recorded an album that reveals her secrets. When FHM arrived at Christina Milian’s photo shoot, the 22-year-old songstress was wearing black lingerie . . . on all fours . . . waving at us. It’s rare to find a woman who’s so happy to see us.
Two years after her breakthrough hit AM to PM, Christina is back with a new album It’s About Time, featuring the single “Dip It Low.” “With ‘Dip It Low,’ I’m saying to girls, do something sexy for your man,” the Jersey City, NJ, native says. She should know. She’ll fulfill plenty of fantasies by bringing her pompoms to the big screen as a cheerleader in Cheer Up. But for now, the lingerie she has on leaves little to the imagination.
“Sometimes you’ve got to put on a little lingerie, do the FHM thing and surprise your man, ’cause guys like that,” she says. “I like doing the lingerie thing. It could be simple, cheap—it doesn’t matter. Believe me, it’s coming off anyway.”
What did you do with the little cheerleader suit from Cheer Up?
I left it on the set. They used University of Texas cheerleading outfits, which are these cowboy shirts cut down to the waist. Then there are skirts that go up to the ribs. They’re an awkward orange and white color, so it’s not that sexy—they have these fringes on them, but I’m sure guys will get off on it anyway.
Better money—movies or music?
I’d say movies, because you get the money right there and then, and you build up constantly. With music, if you’re a writer, there may be a bigger difference. If you’re a music producer, you’re rich up the butt.
Have you seen any dollars yet from “Play,” the track you did for J.Lo?
I have! She made me some good money. She definitely helped me through the hard times when I was on the road not making money and just promoting. I was like, “J.Lo! You’re here!” She became my best friend.
Are you more of a boobs or booty girl?
I’m more of a booty girl. It’s not really all about the boobs for me. I have the booty, but I’m trying to make it a little bigger because I like having a nice juicy booty. But every time I work out, my butt starts getting all cute and firm and smaller. I’ve got to find a trainer who says, “We’ve found a way to keep your butt and keep you trim.” J.Lo told her trainer, “I’ve got to keep the butt.”
Have you ever kissed a girl?
One time I had to kiss a girl on a dare. She told me never to tell anybody, but it was just like a long pet kiss. There was no tongue. There’s something about a man’s mouth with stubble.
Do you get male or female groupies?
I get both. I haven’t had underwear thrown onstage or anything like that yet. But I have had people climb on the stage and totally surprise me. Interestingly, it’s always girls.
Christina Milian Sings and Dances Her Way Through "Be Cool"
Christina Milian on Co-Starring in "Be Cool" and Singing with Aerosmith
Getting Cast in "Be Cool" and Combining Singing with Acting: "I auditioned for the movie. I wasn’t offered it… I heard hundreds of girls auditioned, some of the usual, your R&B girls and your rock girls, everybody, it didn’t matter. They all auditioned.
My agent called me and told me they were doing the sequel to “Get Shorty” and John Travolta was doing it and they were looking for an R&B singer and I was like, 'Oh, that’s cool.' Then she said, 'F. Gary Gray is doing it also. He’s directing it.' And I was like, 'F. Gary Gray? I’ve been wanting meet him my entire life.' Well, not my entire life, for a long time because I really enjoy his work and I wanted to work with him as a director.
I decided to go in anyway not thinking I was going to get it and I had to sing. I sang a gospel song and I sang 'I Will Always Love You' and I had to act out like four different scenes. I think the moment that I sang the gospel song, was the one moment I think Gary and the casting director really got it because the casting director cried. I was like, 'Yes!'"
The next thing I know I’m going in for a screen test. Had to do the same exact thing but F. Gary Gray, I think, really took a liking to me. He really helped mold me into this character and really helped me in my audition to do a good job. And he pushed me just to be normal because, at the end of the day, when you reading Linda, Linda Moon and I are very similar. We’re kind of the same person so it doesn’t require acting.
I got the film, which I was really excited about. And acting and singing in one movie, this has been the most amazing opportunity for me because I’ve gotten a lot of scripts where it’s a singer in a movie but I always turned them down because I really want to be known as a real actress. When I’m acting in a movie, that’s what I want to do mainly. So, this was the one opportunity, with this cast, John Travolta, you’re gonna win.
People know me as an artist more [than] as a performer. When I found out about the role, the type of person that she is, I really wanted t push myself to become a better singer. Vocally, I practiced a lot. I worked really hard. I had to learn to play piano for about three weeks, which I had learned a long time ago so that helped. As well as acting around all this cast, I had to stay calm because that was hard. I had to act as Linda and act like I wasn’t nervous. It was a lot of work for me."
Parallels Between Her Character’s Career and Her Own: "First, the way that I connected with Linda, her personality and where comes from, she’s a very humble girl. She’s very sweet. She has a dream. She has a passion for music and she’s just like a lot of us that move to Hollywood for music. It’s like, 'Where does it come from? What do I do?' She’s willing to do anything. Unfortunately, she ends up stuck in a really bad record deal and eventually she meets Chili [Travolta].
For me, I moved here for a dream. I moved from Maryland to California to pursue my acting and music career. I met a lot of the Nick Carrs, the Rajis, the Sin LaSalles, all the way until I got over here. Each character in this movie, Elmore Leonard did a great job of writing. He did his homework because I have met each of these characters. And, I’ve been offered the bad record deals that basically sign away my life, sign away my publishing. But, luckily, I didn’t sign them.
My Chili Palmer was my mother. Her name is Carmen Milian and she’s my manager. Before getting into music we actually educated ourselves and I went to college for music as a business, and learned the business side. And she read a lot of books. I think my climb right now is similar to the climb of stardom that Linda Moon is having. Linda Moon already reached it. I’m trying to get where she’s getting."
Singing with Aerosmith and Steven Tyler: "Steven Tyler, I love him. …He is so cool, so humble, the sweetest guy ever. He’s another person, besides John [Travolta], that I was so nervous about meeting. And he was so cool. He had these great stories to tell and when I found out we were going to be performing live in Boston in front of an Aerosmith crowd - it was 30,000 people at a real Aerosmith concert - I was really nervous.
Singing the song, 'Crying,' that’s another situation because that’s one of my favorite songs. I didn’t want to screw it up. When it came time, we didn’t rehearse it too much because if you overdo it, it’s really wack and I’m used to performing anyway. But by the time I got out on that stage, my confidence could reach the sky. I think having him up there, he really has got this energy about him that really pushes you and the chemistry was like that (snaps fingers). It was automatic. We shot it three times live and Joe Perry’s the bomb too, playing right next to me. I felt like a rock star and I’m officially an Aerosmith groupie now. It was great."
Christina Millan: Woman Of The House
As if collaborating with Ja Rule, J. Lo and a host of other musical heavy-hitters over the past few years weren't enough to keep her creatively satisfied, Christina Milian is now courting genuine stardom on the big screen. After supporting roles in films like "American Pie" and "The Wood," and a breakout performance in "Love Don't Cost a Thing," the New Jersey native has two major releases coming out in theaters back-to-back: "Man of the House," with Cedric the Entertainer and Tommy Lee Jones, and "Be Cool," with John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Chris Rock, Cedric (again), Harvey Keitel and too many other big names to mention. Amid all of her projects, Milian somehow found time recently to talk with MTV News' Larry Carroll about the appeal of musical theater, the positive effects of breathing, and what it's like to hang out with Aerosmith and 30,000 of their closest fans.
MTV: So, Christina, you've got "Man of the House" and "Be Cool" coming out at about the same time. And you just finished your tour. When do you have time to breathe?
Milian: I'm breathing right now. [Laughs.] I find the time. I get to go home and hang out with the fam. Luckily that's what I love to do.
MTV: What advice do you have for your fans who have their money, they're at the megaplex, and they're trying to decide what movie to go see?
Milian: My advice for anybody trying to decide which movie to see, being that they're [opening] a week apart from each other, is to save money for one week and go see "Man of the House," and then save up an extra 10 bucks, scrounge it up, and go see "Be Cool." Because they're both great films.
MTV: One thing that both films seem to have in common is that they showcase your singing skills and dancing skills.
Milian: Yeah, they both do in a way. It's funny. In "Man of the House," I had to be a cheerleader. So I had to go through training, learn all these different stunts. Thank God I know choreography, because it actually helped with all the choreography we had to learn and the stunting that we did. And then I was fortunate enough to be able to show all my different talents in "Be Cool." Especially the one scene that I have with Aerosmith. I perform with Steven Tyler and we do the song "Cryin'," and we did a duet live in Boston at one of Aerosmith's shows with 30,000 fans. And it was the most amazing feeling in the world. I watched the movie and I'm still living it.
MTV: And now what? Are you just gonna chill out?
Milian: Chill out? No way — it's all coming out. I'm going to the studio and working on my next album, my sophomore album. I'm looking forward to it, because I'm working with people like Jay-Z and L.A. Reid, so it's gonna be a great collaboration between the three of us. I have a couple of scripts, too. I might be shooting another movie this summer, but I'm really concentrating on putting up my next single for my next album.
MTV: Any idea of what the album name is gonna be?
Milian: No, not yet. I'm still coming up with it. I really just want to get in the studio and create it. But I will be working with people like Timbaland, which is pretty hot, 'cause I never got to work with him before.
MTV: So would you ever consider doing a traditional musical?
Milian: Oh, I would love to do a musical. You know, after seeing "Chicago" come out, and "Moulin Rouge" — those were great films. So any of you directors out there who've got a good script, I'm totally down.
MTV: Well, we all know you did "Annie" once.
Milian: Yeah, I actually started with musical theater, that's where my career began. I was always acting and singing, my entire life. In the future, I would like to go back, to Broadway and musical theater. If I could do it in the movies, that would be even better.
MTV: Now, if you look at older people who have done the singing and acting together, who would you like to pattern your career after? Is it J. Lo, or Barbra Streisand?
Milian: I love Barbra Streisand, and I just found out that she directs, as well. I didn't know that she was a director. And that's something that I'm also interested in. I want to do everything. I've been a big fan of Diana Ross, and I loved her in "Lady Sings the Blues." You never know, but I'm hoping that I have the same type of career path.
Christina Milian Gives the Scoop on "Love Don't Cost a Thing"
Remaking the Teen Classic "Can't Buy Me Love"
Christina Milian stars with Nick Cannon in “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” a modern update of the classic teen romantic movie, “Can’t Buy Me Love.” In this version, Cannon plays Alvin Johnson, an outcast whose intellectual pursuits caused him to miss out on hanging with his high school’s cool crowd. Milian plays the role of Paris, an ultra-popular cheerleader who Alvin makes a deal with: in exchange for $1,500 to repair her wrecked car and keep her out of trouble with her single mom, Paris must put on a good enough show to convince the school they’re dating, thus making Alvin into a member of the popular gang.
Not in any way associated with the J-Lo song of the same name, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” is a light-hearted film with a real message. In this interview, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” star Christina Milian talks about revamping a teen classic and working opposite Nick Cannon.
Can you compare your high school experience to the movie?
I was living in Maryland and my first week was dreadful. My first week I actually got into a fight at school. I spent a couple of months, about three months in school, but my first week I'd gotten into a fight with the popular girl at school. She had really no reason to want to fight me. I really don't know why it happened. Compared to the movie, I wasn't very popular.
Was it a catfight?
It was a catfight, It happened after school, not in school. She followed me home. She was coming after me. I wasn't as popular as my character Paris. Paris is like the popular girl at the school. I was kind of more to myself. I had my one friend that I liked hanging out with. For one year I did go to Performing Arts School, and I had very weird friends. People that you wouldn't even imagine that I would hang out with. It was weird, but I like hanging out with different, eclectic people. I myself, just the type of person that I am, I like being friends with everybody. I'm not really picky-choosy. As far as Paris, she only hangs out with the popular people. But throughout the movie she comes to learn about that, and comes to love herself, and know that's not really who she is.
Does this movie improve on “Can't Buy Me Love?”
I think it does. I'm happy they didn't go with the exact story of “Can't Buy Me Love.” It's a cute story, “Can't Buy Me Love.” I loved that movie, it was simple, it was cute, and kids can relate to it. I think everybody can relate to it. I think I find now there's a little more depth to it as far as Paris learning about herself. There's also the relationship between her and [Alvin], it's more of a romance rather than them making fun of it. The other teen movies - like that Rachel Leigh Cook movie, “She's All That” - it was all about the kids making fun of each other. It's not all about that. It's really the relationship between Alvin and Paris and what happens with them.
In “Can't Buy Me Love,” it took a month to make the guy cool. Do you think it takes less time to get cool now?
[In] this movie, it was two weeks; I have to date him for two weeks. Within, I guess, the first week that's when I kind of make him over. I guess if he's going to hang out with me, I might as well make him cool. So I kind of hook him up early.
Was there a conversation about making Paris a Latino girl?
No, there really wasn't a conversation. Actually, when I received the script for Paris, originally she was just African American, and the name was even different. I think it was Latasha, or something like that. We felt ‘Paris’ would match the character. She was very popular, but it also didn't really put a label on her. You didn't know what she was, and I didn't want the character to have a specific label. She only has a mother, if you see in the movie her father's not around, and I just want all the people to be able to relate to it and not feel like she has to be one particular thing.
You had a big chance to do some music in this but you choose not to. Is that because you don't want to combine the two careers?
I didn't want it to come off as though, “Here's Christina Milian, the singer that got lucky to do a movie.” I actually started out with acting and I've been acting for about 12 years. I moved here to California when I was 13 to pursue my acting career. It wasn't until I was about 17 or 18 years old that I got into music. I just wanted to make sure, especially as far as my first movie and my first starring role - a lot of the musicians are doing that now, where they combine the music in the movies. I'm like, “'Maybe I'll do that later. I want to do it for the right thing.” I don't want to do every movie and be the singer in the movie, like, “Now she sings a song all of a sudden.” I thought that would be kind of cheesy, so I kept it separate.
You’ve mentioned the choreography was easier for you than the other girls. Why?
It was a lot easier for me, because I'd been used to getting prepared for music videos and doing shows. I was on tour right before I went to do the movie. I had actually been on tour in Japan and I had my own world tour that I was doing. I was used to doing a show for an hour, so I was always learning choreography. When we were doing the cheerleading for this, I was excited about doing it because I always wanted to be a cheerleader. I always wanted to but I didn't get to because I was working. It wasn't really like, “Go team,” it was more choreography and more dancing. I had a lot of fun. The other girls learned really quickly, too.
What was Nick Cannon like to work with?
I've known Nick for about six years before we shot the movie. We've known each other because I used to be on Disney Channel and he used to be on Nickelodeon. We kind of bumped into each other all the time and we always kept in contact with each other.
When I found out that I was going to be doing the movie, they had asked me who I wanted for the guy. We were looking around, meeting with guys, and I didn't really find any chemistry with anyone. They mentioned Nick, they were like, “There's this guy, his name is Nick.” I was like, “Nick's got a movie coming out called ‘Drumline,’ I heard he was really good .” I just knew the kind of shoot between he and I would be great. We read for them together and they loved it. We had a great time working on the set together. Nick's a cool guy. He's just so focused and he's very driven. He's got his eye on the bull, so I love that guy. He's really great. We had a lot of fun.
If you had to make somebody over, would you do pretty much what your character does with Nick?
If it would have been me re-doing Alvin, I wouldn't have done his hair that way. I would have hooked Nick up a little bit more, probably shaved his hair off, or given him some cornrows. He still looks cute. It was cute for the character and kids love Nick no matter. Girls love Nick no matter how he looks. I probably would have done that.
What did you think of Nick’s Afro?
It was a little bit exaggerated but it was cute. How are you going to make Nick look like a nerd? I guess you do a cute Afro. There's a lot of guys that I've seen now since we've done the movie, I'm like, “Hey Nick, he looks like you in the movie.” It's funny because I didn't realize they were out there.
What's your dream project for a movie?
I would love to do some kind of mystery movie, or an action flick, something with that combination. I would love to do something like “Catwoman.” Look at Halle Berry right now, she looks amazing. I would just love to do something where I'd have to train and work really hard and do one of those types of action movies, which a lot of women are doing now. It's great that they've been doing that. Or a really good mystery, something different.
If you could plan the ideal date, what would you want to do?
Gosh, my ideal date - it has to be really spontaneous. I like doing arts and crafts, so I would probably go to one of those fun little ceramic places and go paint some plates and do something fun like that. Then after that, just drive around the town, just quiet, even if it was in the middle of the night where it's just quiet, and just get to know somebody and just talk. I like doing simple things like that, just driving around and talking and maybe park at the beach and hang out at the beach and talk.
Your character learns a lot about herself during this movie. What have you learned about yourself?
I've learned a lot, I've matured a lot. I think that comes with age and just also with the industry and with work. I've learned a lot about myself as far as relationships and friendships. It's kind of weird to say that, because you would think, “Because she's working all the time, she probably doesn't have to time to get into those kinds of friendships and go through all that kind of stuff,.” But I think I've lost friends and made really, really good friends. [Now I] realize who's not a good friend. Even in relationships, I don't get my hopes up or anything, especially not right now because I know I'm young and I've got plenty of time later in the future. Right now I just take it day by day and just enjoy it. When I meet somebody, I hang out with them, and it's all good, but I don't take it too seriously. I've learned a lot as far as the industry. Being in the music business is a totally different industry right there. You have to be a strong person to be in music, especially. They make the movie business look so much better. I love both businesses anyway. I'll take it for what it is, especially music, but I've learned a lot and know that business is still business in music.
In the comedy movie, "Cheer Up," Tommy Lee Jones plays a hard-edged Texas Ranger who goes undercover as an assistant cheerleading coach to protect five University of Texas cheerleaders after they've witnessed the murder of a federal informant.
While promoting her romantic comedy "Love Don't Cost a Thing," Christina Milian provided a little preview of what to expect from "Cheer Up."
In your upcoming movie, you're playing a cheerleader?
Yes, I'm playing a real cheerleader. That one was more like a dance team. I'm a cheerleader for the University of Texas. The University of Texas really won't let you put their name on their movie unless you really are like representing them. They're really into it over there. Everything's all about the Longhorn's, it's all about Texas, and you have to make sure that you represent it well in the movie.
They had us in Austin, Texas three weeks before we started shooting. I had to train with real cheerleaders from UT, me and four other girls. We had to do everything; we don't have any stunt doubles except for cartwheels and stuff like that. They want to make sure we don't hurt ourselves. Otherwise, the stuff with the guys lifting us up in the air, they throw us up and hold us with one hand, it's crazy. I didn't want to get hurt. Sometimes I was like, “Are you sure we've got to do this?”
What's the name of the movie?
It's called “Cheer Up” with Tommy Lee Jones and it's an action-comedy. It's about five cheerleaders that witness a murder. Tommy Lee Jones is a Texas Ranger and they put us under witness protection. He has to stay with us in a dorm and it's going to be very funny. It's going to be really funny. It's five different personalities, all these different girls, and then him. We're shooting in Austin. We're shooting on campus and they've built [a lot of the set] at an airport hanger.
How is Tommy Lee?
You're going to be surprised when I say this, because people are used to seeing him in movies, but he's actually very funny. He's a lot of fun. We were all really nervous when we were going to go do the movie. We were like, “If we're working with him, we've got to be on point.” But he's actually really cool. He’s funny. I've never seen this side to him at all, but he's very funny. He's into family a lot. He had us come to his ranch that he has in Texas. We played with his goats and his horses. It was cool.
Interview With the Women of "Torque": Jaime Pressly, Monet Mazur and Christina Milian
The women of “Torque” – Jaime Pressly, Monet Mazur and Christina Milian - made a special appearance at the 2003 San Diego International Comic Con to promote their roles in this action/drama/biker movie. Though the movie is all about motorcycles and not technically a ‘comic book’ flick, the actresses tied it in to the Comic Con by admitting their director, Joseph Kahn, drew inspiration from comic book heroes.
According to Warner Bros Pictures, “Torque” centers around biker Cary Ford (Martin Henderson) who returns to his hometown where he reunites with his girlfriend (Monet Mazur). Once home, Ford is framed for a murder he didn't commit, targeted for revenge by the victim's brother (Ice Cube), and pursued by the FBI as he tries to clear his name and outrace his enemies.
Looking gorgeous and happy to be promoting “Torque,” Pressly, Mazur and Milian discussed physically preparing for their roles, stunt work, and what makes “Torque” different from your average biker movie.
How did you get involved with this biker movie?
JAIME PRESSLY: I had worked with the producers prior to this. I read the script and called up Neal Moritz and said, “When can we start?” They called me and said, “Yeah, you can do it,” right after I’d gotten into a motorcycle accident. Two days [after the accident], “Jaime, you got the part.”
MONET MAZUR: They sent it to me to read and I thought, “I’m not really right for that part at all.”
JAIME PRESSLY: That’s exactly why you want to do it.
MONET MAZUR: No one has ever cast me as the biker chick in a movie. They were really adamant. I was really pushed to go in on it. I thought, “Okay, maybe [the director's] going to do it and not be in a typical cliché like ‘biker chick’ kind of way.” When I met the director - he’s a very hip guy – he described the way he wanted to make her. I was kind of like, “Oh yeah? Okay, let’s do it.” Then he handed me a gun to use [and] I was like, “Whoa.” The minute I had my boots and leather and guns on, I jumped right into it.
CHRISTINA MILIAN: Mine was kind of by accident. It was kind of crazy. I hadn’t been acting for a while; I’d been involved in my music career for a while. I was on a show on MTV. I was hosting my show and actually Joseph Kahn, the director of the movie, was a guest on my show. After the show, he was like, “I’ve been watching you this whole time. I think you’d be so great for this movie.” I’m like, “Yeah, okay. I’ve heard that line before." He [said], “It’s called ‘Torque.’” Next thing I know I’m getting calls from people from Warner Bros. I’m hearing Neal Moritz is producing it, which is a big name. He’s done “Fast and the Furious” and all these great movies. I was like, “Maybe I will take this seriously.”
I read the script and they actually had me come in and meet with everybody. We took it from there. It was a great opportunity, especially coming back into acting with the action and motorcycles.
JAIME PRESSLY: And as little acting as possible...
How much training did you do to prepare for this movie?
JAIME PRESSLY: Four hours a day for about a month. Also in the gym training an hour or two hours a day, and then we had fight training. It was a big training thing – lots of training.
CHRISTINA MILIAN: I had to do a quick course. I had a 16-hour training day because I was actually on tour, and I was working out with MTV. Being that it was such a last minute thing they were like, “You’ve got to hurry up and do this.” I came in for one whole day and worked out with the teacher. I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed it; it was really, really cool. It was great riding a bike.
Were there any collisions or accidents?
MONET MAZUR: There were a few.
JAIME PRESSLY: One of our stunt girls got in a pretty bad accident. She busted her head open.
MONET MAZUR: Even Jay Hernandez fell off the bike, actually.
CHRISTINA MILIAN: And Martin [Henderson] got hurt.
MONET MAZUR: I just dropped [the motorcycle] like a dork and it kept going.
JAIME PRESSLY: Were you going to say the worst thing? The explosion?
MONET MAZUR: Yeah, the explosion.
JAIME PRESSLY: We filmed downtown in LA and the explosion was a little bigger than they thought it was going to be. It blew out all the windows.
What’s going to be different about "Torque" that'll set it apart from other biker movies?
JAIME PRESSLY: What’s really being brought to the table is Joseph Kahn. It’s his directorial debut in film. Being that he’s a video director who has won so many awards, he has really, really great vision and style. I think his style is what’s going to be so great about the film in general, because it’s visually gorgeous.
MONET MAZUR: It doesn’t give you a second to sit back...
JAIME PRESSLY: ...and think.
MONET MAZUR: It’s like being on a roller coaster.
JAIME PRESSLY: It’s definitely entertaining.
MONET MAZUR: And funny, which you don’t really expect.
JAIME PRESSLY: You don’t get that in action films, and he really kept that in there.
CHRISTINA MILIAN: He would add in lines.
Did any of you add in lines?
JAIME PRESSLY: In action movies you don’t get to adlib a whole lot because you have so many marks to hit.
MONET MAZUR: It’s always about hitting the action mark. Sometimes you’ll come up with a great one-liner like in “Terminator.”
JAIME PRESSLY: But 'one-liner' is about what you get – one line. There are no monologues in there – there might be one or two – but there’s very few because it’s action. It’s not necessarily about the acting, if we’re being honest, it’s more about the action. The way that he did it, and the cast that he had, it was kind of a given that it was going to be a good film.
MONET MAZUR: You kind of get your pick of what you want in a movie. There’s a little bit of everything.
Is it safe to assume that at least one of you is a villain?
JAIME PRESSLY: That would be me.
What was it like playing the bad girl?
JAIME PRESSLY: It was great because I got to change up the look for once. Everybody wants to keep the blonde hair and make me up like a Barbie Doll. I can’t stand that, you know? I’d rather be in flip-flops and a wife beater with my hair pulled back in a hat, quite frankly. It was great because I got to do the black hair thing and the pierced nose and the pierced lips. It’s nothing like what I’ve ever done before as far as my look was concerned, so I was really excited about it.
It’s easier to get into character when you don’t look like America Apple Pie, when they completely trash you up. I don’t mean trashy in the slutty sense, I mean trashy in the good sense. It was very sweaty for everybody.
MONET MAZUR: It was 110 degrees. We were trying to get touched up between takes and then I think all of us were like, “You know what? Stop it. Screw it. Let the dirt get in your face. Who cares?” She (Jaime Pressly) got a little air conditioning in between [takes] but my suits were one-piece that zipped up to the neck with long sleeves. I had about five because they’d take about two days to dry after a day of work.
JAIME PRESSLY: I had to go get my arms, because I have peach fuzz everywhere, I had to go get waxed - okay, that was fun (laughing) - so that they could put all the tattoos on my arms every single day. My hair wasn’t permanently dyed, it was airbrushed every day. I had to go in and it was like a three or four hour [process]. You’d have to go in 10 hours before you’d actually work just to get it all done. It was really time consuming but so worth it once you got all that on. All of a sudden, you felt like you were your character.
Tell me about the guys that you worked with.
JAIME PRESSLY: Martin Henderson, Ice Cube, Jay Hernandez, Will Lee…
How was working with Ice Cube?
JAIME PRESSLY: Cube’s great. He rode around on a scooter all day like a gang boy. Everybody was great. It was all guys and just us girls.
MONET MAZUR: It was a pretty eclectic group.
Was it fun on and off the set?
JAIME PRESSLY: We were on set so much that we didn’t really get to do anything off set. We had as much fun as we could but it’s really hard when you put an actor or any artist in a trailer and say, “Sit for 13 hours and then you’re going to come work for 10 minutes.” It’s just like, “Oh, for God’s sake.” You couldn’t take off your leathers. My leathers laced all the way up the front and the sides so I couldn’t take them off. Once they were on, you had to leave them on. In 110 degrees, you are just sitting there melting.
MONET MAZUR: You have these bulky motorcycle boots that you’re wearing, so that’s where all the heat is being held in.
Were you turned off on riding after this movie?
JAIME PRESSLY: I was turned off, like I said, two days before I found out I was getting the role. No, it was really fun. We had to start off on dirt bikes and work our way up to the Jesse James bikes that he made for us. I’ve got to say, I’d like to go back and get on one of those dirt bikes. I loved the dirt bikes. You can maneuver easier.
MONET MAZUR: When I got on my bike, I had a Triumph 660, which was like three times the size of me. I almost threw myself off the back of it a couple of times.
JAIME PRESSLY: They are so powerful.
Did any of you draw inspiration from characters in comic books?
JAIME PRESSLY: I can’t say that I necessarily did, but I can say that Joseph the director absolutely did.
CHRISTINA MILIAN: The director definitely did. I think we all have a little bit of action hero in us.
MONET MAZUR: A lot of the old school-like 80s “Romancing the Stone” - that kind of action comedy like, “I love you. I hate you. Shut-up,” sort of thing. We fused together a bunch of things from “Tomb Raider” to “Catwoman” to Gwen Stefani to Evel Knievel. There were a lot of “Star Wars” references to Martin Henderson’s character.
"Torque" is presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and is set for release January 16, 2004.
Christina Milian: Monster's Ball
A Queens rapper by the name of Ja Rule was becoming a burgeoning pop star on the strength on his Rule 3:36 single "Between Me and You." Singing the hook on the warm-weather creeping anthem was little miss Chris; a dimepiece nobody knew, but everybody heard.
By 2001 Milian's career was coming along. She was writing records for other artists, including Jennifer Lopez, and her label, Def Jam, touted her as the urban answer to Britney Spears. So it was all in place for her would-be self-titled debut to drop toward the end of the year. But with her single "AM to PM" getting moderate spins on the airwaves and everyone in the U.S. in crisis mode after the September 11 tragedy, Christina Milian was put on hold.
Milian kept it moving, though. While many artists were too concerned about possible terrorist strikes abroad to travel overseas, C.M. hit the U.K. and promoted her upcoming album. She got that U.K. love and her album was eventually released over there despite never seeing the light of day in her homeland. But she stuck to her hustle game, taking her grind to Hollywood and starring in films like the upcoming "Be Cool."
Here, Milian talks about how nervous she was around her co-star John Travolta, why she wasn't shy about screaming at Def Jam for sleeping on her and why she's named after a certain "Sesame Street" overeater.
MTV: You know I have to ask you about your name.
Christina Milian: Huh?
MTV: How in the world does a beautiful girl like yourself get the nickname "Cookie Monster"?
Milian: Yeah, that's my nickname. I've loved Cookie Monster ever since I was little. I used to watch "Sesame Street" and I love chocolate-chip cookies. And the C. M. in Cookie Monster is the same as my initials. A lot of the rappers will be like, "What's up, Cookie?"
MTV: Funny. I would never imagine that the woman I see in the "Dip It Low" video rolling around in body paint would be fond of that fur ball. Whose idea was the human art theme in the video, Snuffleupagus? Or maybe Ernie? Doesn't he like to paint?
Milian: Actually it was the director and my mom. My mom is crazy. She was like, "One day I want you to do a body-paint thing, in a video or something." It was crazy because the director came to me with the same idea. He explained to me that in the '60s they used to have this artist who did this. He would take a woman and there would be a full audience — people dressed up in black and white — and he would have an orchestra. The artist would have a woman lying there on canvas and he would pour paint all over her, then she would roll around on the canvas and make art that way. I thought, "If I don't do it, someone else is gonna do it."
MTV: So what was it like when you were actually doing the body art? Did you really get naked like the artist's subjects back in the day?
Milian: I had to have on a bathing suit for the video. I wasn't down like that, but it gives you the illusion anyway because my bathing suit was black and shiny and so was the paint. The ladies in the '60s were nude for the artists, but no, not Miss Christina.
MTV: What exactly does "dipping it low" mean?
Milian: It has several meanings. When you're dancing, you gotta dip, that's the sexy part. Every lady's got to dip it. Dipping it low in the real world means putting a little "ump" in the relationship. Sometimes people get into something and it's very sexy and lusting then eventually people start getting bored. It's about finding a way to make [your relationship] hot again, because sometimes that's all it needs. People start getting bored and looking around when you got it right there. Just do something new, surprise your man, meet him at the door with nothing on. Sometimes little things like that make a huge difference in a relationship.
MTV: Sounds like you've had some experience in spicing it up. I've heard some rumors about guys you were supposedly seeing. I've heard you and Nick Cannon, you and Joe Budden ...
Milian: Joe? You know what? I just met Joe a month and a half ago at a Kanye West party and then this would be the second time when he was just at the studio. I think the reason people think that is because he rapped on another song of mine a year ago. And Nick is my best friend. Nick is my boy. We're always chilling because I've known Nick for like seven years and then when we did the movie ["Love Don't Cost a Thing"] we became real tight as best friends. But we're really serious about our careers and family. We're like, "Maybe later." I'm really serious about not getting in a relationship just to break up. That's so wack. It seems like everybody gets into these relationships that are deep and seem so serious and then they break up. Why go through all that and the heartbreak when you can just be cool with people? It works out much better.
MTV: Plus your schedule is bonkers right now, dipping between music and movies. Do you have a preference between the two?
Milian: I don't have a favorite. I love it all. When I start getting bored with one, I just start to appreciate the other. The music industry is 24/7, it's really exciting, it's very challenging. You don't know what's going to happen, but it makes you work really hard. The acting business, I've been doing films since I was like 10 years old. So right now, I'm just building up. I've been working with John Travolta, Uma Thurman. The stuff that I'm doing, I'm amazed with and I'm in love with that.
MTV: What was it like working with John Travolta in "Be Cool"?
Milian: Every scene that I had was with John Travolta. He sings to me in the movie. I'm like, "Oh my gosh, he just kissed me on the head." That's a legend right there. I'm a big "Grease" fan. It's nuts, because I'm working with a living legend, so I was real nervous when I went to go work on this movie. But they all treated me real nice so my nerves were settled and I was cool. But I bet when I watch the movie I'mma see myself all nervous.
MTV: How frustrating was it for you to wait all this time to release your debut album in the U.S.?
Milian: It was kind of upsetting for me, but it was definitely a learning experience. I was hearing every day that my album was going to come out in America, but it wasn't. I was getting so frustrated, then I would see these other females come out on the same record label and I was like, "Man, what's going on?" I was getting kinda pissed. Ashanti put out two albums — I'm a fan so I'm not trying to put her down or anything, but it was just hard watching all that stuff happen over here in America knowing all my stuff was great overseas. My place is in America. I don't care if I have to shove it in someone's face. You're gonna like it, you're gonna see. I didn't even get a chance. I didn't even put out a single or anything.
MTV: Let me find out that the Cookie Monster is gangsta like the Count.
Milian: I'm more like a big baby; I'll cry. But I did get upset. I'll tell you one time, I started having to do it Def Jam-style for real, calling all them people, cussing 'em out, just so that I could get my point across. I had to do it like two times. It made a huge difference. It made things happen. I had to speak to the heads of my record label and be like, "You know what, this is how serious I am and this is my life. Don't mess this up because this can get real embarrassing for me and I work my butt off. Don't hold me back from what I do." And that was the nice side of the conversation.
Christina Milian says, ''TV Made Me Do It ''
TV is often blamed for rotting the minds of impressionable youth, but it had the opposite effect on double-threat Christina Milian.
"Television made me do it," Milian jokes. "MTV was born the same year I was, and all the people who were popular then like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Brooke Shields always looked like they were having so much fun. Entertainment in the '80s was just so cool and fun that I became obsessed. I wanted to be having a good time, too."
So, she started acting out at home, making videos, singing the "Oscar Mayer wiener" song and taking piano lessons. By age seven, she was begging her parents to take her to auditions and get her an agent.
Her first paying gig was a National Geographic film used in classrooms; she quickly graduated to commercials. "I did a Wendy's commercial when Home Alone was huge, so my only line was 'Yes!' said Macaulay Culkin's way."
She relocated to Los Angeles at 13 and moved into an apartment complex where she lived next door to members of Green Day and had water balloon fights with Jessica Biel. Things may have been slow at first (she had a few meals at the soup kitchen), but lately Milian has barely had time to breathe, let alone hang with beau and 2003 Sizzler Nick Cannon or her two dogs, Baby and Missy.
She scored a record deal, dueted with Ja Rule on "Between You and Me," cowrote a J.Lo song and hosted MTV's Wannabe. She played a choirgirl in American Pie, a snob in Love Don't Cost a Thing and a motorcycle mama in Torque. Next up, she's a murder-witnessing cheerleader in Cheer Up and an aspiring singer in the Get Shorty sequel.
"I like to stay busy, and I'm getting to learn great things like how to ride for Torque," Milian says. "But I also have a family to support. I have two sisters to send to college. We're a team, and my family has always sacrificed for my dreams. If I was just lounging around running money out the door, I wouldn't be doing my part."
Christina Milian stars in the new movie ''Be Cool''
There's always room in the music industry for another gangster, right? That's the premise of John Travolta's forthcoming film, "Be Cool" — the sequel to 1995's "Get Shorty" — for which TVT Records has enlisted a hit list of artists old and new to contribute to the soundtrack.
Due in stores on March 1, the soundtrack features songs from Christina Milian and the Black Eyed Peas, both of whom appear in the film. The album also features tracks from California rappers Baby Bash and Planet Asia, as well as chestnuts from Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown and others.
"Be Cool" finds gangster-turned-movie-producer Chili Palmer (Travolta) abandoning the film business and bringing his unique talents to the music industry. In the process, he teams up with an old friend who's now an industry bigwig (Uma Thurman).
Milian plays Linda Moon, a talented singer stuck in a cheesy all-girl cover group called Chicks International. She also has a Mafioso-type manager (Vince Vaughn), a thug bodyguard (the Rock) and a record-company boss (Harvey Keitel) all trying to keep her under lock and key. When Chili meets Linda, he spirits her away from her handlers and the cover group and lets her write and record her own songs — which, naturally, leads to her superstardom.
The soundtrack includes two original tracks that Milian performs in the film, one of which was written by Alicia Keys with "Crazy in Love" producer Rich Harrison. Black Eyed Peas also appear in the film as themselves, performing "Sexy" from their most recent album, Elephunk.
The film also stars Cedric the Entertainer, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Andre 3000 and Danny DeVito, among others. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, is due in theaters on March 4.
Christina Milian supports Patriotic Wristbands
Senator Orrin Hatch isn’t the only well-known supporter of the Bands For Freedom Foundation Inc. Bands For Freedom today announced that it is receiving support from several well-known celebrities in its efforts to raise funds for the Armed Forces Relief Trust (AFRT) and the men and women in uniform.
On the Jan. 3 Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the popular rock band Bowling for Soup played their hit single “1985.” During their performance lead singer Jaret Reddick took the opportunity to show off his red, white and blue Bands For Freedom wristbands while pointing across the set to Jay Leno. Bowling for Soup backs the Bands For Freedom Foundation and the U.S. troops.
Another major supporter of Bands For Freedom is Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner, who recently competed in his first Pride Fighting Championship in Tokyo. Gardner fought Japan’s gold medalist judo legend Hidehiko Yoshida and soundly beat him, earning Gardner his first Pride Fighting Championship victory. Gardner is a staunch supporter of Bands For Freedom and is himself a prime example of American heroism.
Superstars like Vanessa Carlton and Christina Milian wear Bands For Freedom wristbands and are vocal supporters as well. While celebrities continue to add their names to the growing list of supporters, Bands For Freedom wants to extend that same opportunity to everyone, regardless of celebrity status.
“Anyone can do this, which is what we think is so great about these wristbands,” said Steve Cloward, president and chief executive officer of Bands For Freedom. “You don’t have to be a millionaire or a movie star, you just have to recognize the great service being done by the troops and then support them by wearing the Bands For Freedom wristbands.”
Wearing the new Bands For Freedom wristbands supports the U.S. troops in two ways. First, after covering the costs of manufacturing and administration, the creators of Bands For Freedom are donating 100 percent of its revenue to the Armed Forces Relief Trust (AFRT) to aid soldiers and their families.
The AFRT has a proud history of providing needed funds for soldiers in crisis. Soldiers who must travel back to the United States for a funeral, the birth of a child or other emergency can turn to the AFRT to access the money they need to travel. Soldiers and their families can also apply for interest-free loans from the AFRT to help with bills while their family is away serving their country.
The second way Bands For Freedom supports the U.S. troops is slightly more subtle. When people wear the Bands For Freedom wristbands it is a quiet way for them to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made each day to preserve our freedom. The Bands For Freedom wristbands are marked with the word “FREEDOM,” they offer a simple yet powerful reminder to everyone who sees them or wears them of the valiant efforts of the military to preserve the American way of life.