by Rock ‘n Roll Ghost
Christina Aguilera is set to make her big screen debut in Burlesque, opening this Wednesday, November 24th in theaters all across the country. Aguilera, known for her bountiful talents as a singer, stars as Ali Rose, a small-town girl who heads to Los Angeles to follow her dreams and finds herself working as a cocktail waitress at a club run by Tess (Oscar-winner Cher). Ali finds friendship, rivalry and a chance to make herself stand out among the crowd and restore the club to its former glory. The film, directed by Steven Antin, also stars Kristen Bell, Julianne Hough, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Peter Gallagher, Alan Cumming and Eric Dane.
Aguilera has had a busy year in 2010, releasing an album, Bionic, and now a big Hollywood film in Burlesque. Rock ‘n Roll Ghost had the pleasure of nabbing some of the gorgeous and talented star’s time via e-mail.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost: What about Burlesque‘s script appealed to you initially?
Christina Aguilera: It was the whole package. The music, the cast, the vision.
What was your involvement in the project from start to finish?
Christina Aguilera: I was the first to sign on and also in almost every scene so I had a huge involvement. Also I wrote songs and made suggestions for the soundtrack.
What does it mean to you to be venturing into acting in films?
Christina Aguilera: It is so exciting. Also frightening to take such a huge risk in a new medium. But I am so proud of the film and hope to do many more.
What does it mean to you to take on a lead role in a film (particularly speaking to Burlesque)?
Christina Aguilera: It meant a lot that Steven (director Antin) and Clint (Culpepper, president of Screen Gems) trusted me, a newcomer, to star in the film.
Can you talk a little bit about your thoughts and feelings towards your co-stars (Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming, etc)?
Christina Aguilera: Wow, I can’t say enough. Oscar winners and just amazing actors. I learned so much from each and every one of them both personally and professionally.
Christina Aguilera: He was amazing. He has such a love for Burlesque and knows that world inside and out. he brought amazing energy and enthusiasm to the set.
What, if any fears/hopes did you have going into the film? Were any of them realized and if so, what were they?
Christina Aguilera: I just wanted to deliver and come prepared. Nobody wants to forget their lines when doing a scene with Cher.
What are your thoughts on your most recent album Bionic?
Christina Aguilera: I am so proud of that record. I loved working with Tricky and Sia and even had them work on the Burlesque soundtrack.
Do you see yourself making another album sooner rather than later – or do you intend to pursue more acting roles?
Christina Aguilera: I want to do both, but I wont forget music. It is my first love and I have already started writing.