Several media outlets have joined in to tweet out the attached photo of Whitney and the â€˜SPARKLEâ€™ cast on the set of the upcoming film. We want to wish Whitney a happy 49th birthday.
Jordan Sparks says she couldnâ€™t have asked for a more fitting film role than the character she plays in â€œSparkle,â€ a remake of the 1976 film starring Mike Epps, Derek Luke and the late Whitney Houston in her final film role.
â€œThe parallels between mine and Sparkleâ€™s story are very similar,â€ the â€œAmerican Idolâ€ winner told us during interviews for the film last weekend in Los Angeles.
Besides the characterâ€™s name sharing part of her own last name, Sparkle started off as a young, naÃ¯ve musical prodigy who goes through a tremendous growth period by the time she hits 21 at filmâ€™s end. Check Out the audio below:
â€œFor me, I was 17 when I won â€˜Idolâ€™, Iâ€™ll be 23 in December, and thereâ€™s a lot of growth that goes on through there,â€ she said. â€œI related to her in the fact that she was so determined and so strong-willed, but at the same time she was very loyal and she didnâ€™t want to upset her mother so she had that kind of inner turmoil.
â€œThe only big difference between Sparkle and I was that my parents have been 100 percent behind me since I first opened my mouth crying on key when I was born!â€
Another difference between Sparks and Sparkle is the parental unit. Sparks grew up with her mother and father Phillippi Sparks, a former NFL cornerback. Sparkle, however, is the daughter of a single mom â€” played by Houston.
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