“Beautiful,” Bullied and “Burlesque” – our interview with Christina Aguilera

AE: What was your
relationship with Cher like?
Amazing! It’s
so weird to say this about the icon and legend that is Cher, but she’s like an
old girlfriend. We still talk all the time. She’s an incredible person
personally and professionally, giving such amazing advice, stories for days,
been there done that. She’s one of a kind.

AE: Did you feel
pressure carrying the movie since it’s your story, considering it’s your first
movie? Did that daunt you at all?
Of course.
Going in to it, you gear yourself up and there’s a time and a place for that.
And there’s a time and a place to get down to business and focus. You know
going into it that there’s going to be challenges and a lot of hard work
involved. I didn’t know how much hard work. I was wearing so many different
hats — more than anybody else on the film. I went in and wrote the songs, I
recorded them and had to do it from Ali’s perspective, not my own — which was
out of my comfort zone. I had to go into intense dance rehearsals without a
microphone, so it was completely concentrated on the body and the dance and it
was a new kind of dance for me. Then there was throwing everything out the
window that I ever knew and stepping in as a newcomer as an actress and
approaching it really vulnerably and open-minded. There was a lot going on.

AE: When you’re
writing records, recording music videos, you have so much say in how that’s
done. Did you have much creative contribution on this film in terms of making
suggestions on how you’d like to see things done?
There was a lot of collaborating on this movie set. Maybe too much. A lot of
cooks in the kitchen and a lot of opinions being thrown around. We all came to
a happy medium. Everyone was so passionate about this film.

AE: What were your
favorite outfits and musical numbers?
The "I’m
a Good Girl" outfit was my favorite because I thought it tied in perfectly
with the idea of the song. It had a feather bustle and crystallized bra top, I
loved that outfit.

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