© 2020, A&E Television Networks, LLC. She’s going to do a great job, and it’s a great production.” Once I got offered it, I wondered if that was going to happen to me. Thank you! The expectations are always so low. Did you learn how to drum for that? It was kind of ridiculous. Cle was so much like Robert. At first, I was like “Yes yes yes.” And then I was like, “Wait, hold on, is this kind of crazy?” I went through a range of emotions. A picture of Alexandra and her mother can be seen here.
Are you purposefully focused on movies with a musical component? , She reprised the role of Ororo Munroe/Storm in the 2019 film Dark Phoenix, and, the same summer, also stars as a female lead in the Shaft sequel. I don’t, really. Everyone is always like, “It’s going to be bad.” And actually I love that because then they’re going to see it and they’re going to have to admit that they were wrong.
I think it’s really great for the movie.
But then I read the script and talked with the producers and talked about how they wanted to make this movie great. And we filmed in Atlanta in July when it was 90 degrees with 50 percent humidity. Alexandra Shipp is a popular actress and singer who is well known for her role as Aaliyah in the lifetime television film ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ in 2014.
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Alexandra Shipp: I actually auditioned for it earlier in the year and it was between three girls, including Zendaya. You can hear it in the way he speaks. I was always doing something, whether it was listening to her music or doing squats. She’s just amazing. Her father is Black and her mother is white. Shipp was raised in Phoenix, Arizona.
Once you knew you had the role, what sort of preparation did you do? TIME: How did you end up in the cast after Zendaya dropped out? Yeah, totally. A triple threat – an actress, singer, and dancer – Shipp possesses a star quality that is apparent both on-screen and off-screen. She is best known for her role as “KT Rush,” on Nickelodeon teen drama-mystery series, “House of Anubis.”, Shipp made her film debut on Fox feature film, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” playing the role of “Valentina.” She has done guest star appearances on hit shows including Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” opposite Liev Schreiber, ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” and MTV’s “Awkward.”. Everyone’s going to see that. It was really nerve-wracking having to portray that and have it be with an older man.  For the latter performance, Shipp also sang. How have you dealt with playing a real person with a family who is invested in seeing her story told right? I had to put all that stuff aside. I only had ten days to prepare for the role whereas all of the other actors had a few months. Especially when they’ve passed on. Yeah, it was a really fun, intense process. , "Personality Complex: Alexandra Shipp Goes From Emo Kid to Aaliyah", "Alexandra Shipp's best Twitter and Instagram photos", "Young Mutant Power: Meet X-Men: Apocalypse's Alexandra Shipp & Lana Condor", "Phoenix native Alexandra Shipp plays Aaliyah in TV movie", "Lifetime's 'Aaliyah' Star Alexandra Shipp on Controversial Role: 'I'm Just an Actress Doing Her Job, "Indie Comedy 'Dude' Rounds Out Lead Cast With Trio Of Actresses", "Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks", "20th Century Fox Shuffles Release Dates For 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Dark Phoenix' & More", "Alexandra Shipp in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Reboot", "Teen Choice Awards 2016 "Second Wave" Nominations Announced", "Teen Choice Awards 2016: See the full list of winners", "Kids' Choice Awards 2017: The Complete List", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alexandra_Shipp&oldid=982613176, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 October 2020, at 07:02. But the movies that are being presented in my path are and I’m really lucky to be a part of them. Those little moments. On the first movie they had three or four months to really learn how to drum. Did you get to talk with anyone who knew Aaliyah? She is currently working on her first EP. American actress and singer Alexandra Shipp, stars in Lifetime biopic, “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” playing the lead role of Aaliyah. I was like, “This girl is a great actress. I wanted to get my mannerisms down. In 2014, Shipp gained attention for her roles as Dani Raymond in the VH1 television film sequel Drumline: A New Beat and Aaliyah Haughton, the title role, in the Lifetime television film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. Lifetime will air their much-maligned Aaliyah biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, on Nov. 15, starring Alexandra Shipp as the singer. You’re just looking for that next job and it’s really cool when they all have a similar feel. When you listen to the same albums over and over again, your favorites change. For me, One In A Million is my album so “Try Again.” When it comes to her other stuff I love “Back and Forth.” I find little moments in all of her stuff. And they end up falling in love. Save on the cover price & free e-Gift card for Giftees! Luckily Cle Bennett, who played R. Kelly, was brilliant and made me feel really comfortable and we had such fun, great chemistry.
I was able to have a chat with him and he was the coolest guy. They’re her songs.
All Rights Reserved. It’s obviously a known story of how Aaliyah and R. Kelly married in secret when she was 15 and he was 28, but it’s creepy to see it play out onscreen. Alexandra Ruth Shipp (born July 16, 1991) is an American actress and singer who rose to prominence for portraying singer Aaliyah in the Lifetime television film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014) and Kimberly Woodruff in the Oscar-nominated film Straight Outta Compton (2015). For any girl, the first guy we have a crush on is our first love.
Shipp currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. TIME spoke with Shipp about her portrayal, her recent work in VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat and upcoming N.W.A. He’s very meticulous. Was there a moment of her life you were scared of portraying? Shipp joined the …  She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career.. You can hear how she’s influenced people in music nowadays. It was a crazy process. Alexandra Shipp is known for her role as the iconic mohawked super heroine 'Storm' in Twentieth Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), directed by Bryan Singer. He’s very goal-oriented. Shipp is currently shooting Universal Pictures’ “Straight Outta Compton” (2015). Aside from her acting and singing career, Shipp is an accomplished songwriter, a pianist, and an avid guitar player.
All Rights Reserved. I’ve always loved music and I think it’s really great I get to do both. It must be a lot of pressure to have everyone commenting on something you haven’t actually done yet. Directed by Bradley Walsh. I have my interpretation of it and I have to be confident in that. You’re with everyone on the field in these cotton suits and you’ve got this 35-pound metal drum. I was a total Nick fan. And I’m actually really happy about that.
 Shipp was educated at Squaw Peak Elementary School, Arizona School for the Arts, and St. Mary's Catholic High School in Phoenix.
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Just get all of her stuff down – how she laughed, how she moved her shoulders, how she carried herself. I wasn’t going into it blind. We love intensely and have all these hormones happening. She was such an innovator before anyone was doing it. Do you have a response to the potential haters? Inevitably when Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B airs this weekend, it’s going to get some criticism. That’s the greatest thing about this day and age. American actress and singer Alexandra Shipp, stars in Lifetime biopic, “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” playing the lead role of Aaliyah. Ours was a little more fast-tracked. The story of music and video star Aaliyah, whose life … I wanted to get her singing down. 357.1k Followers, 1,605 Following, 1,127 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Alexandra Shipp (@alexandrashipppp) Alexandra Shipp, Actress: X-Men: Apocalypse. I got so bruised up. And I got to learn some fun, quirky things that we were able to work into the movie. Were you watching a lot of old footage of her? And I just did my job. I can go online and I find every video of this woman. It’s not necessarily about her biggest hits or all her music videos. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Shipp moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career at 17. It’s a portrayal. I grew up listening to her music. I wanted to capture those little moments because that’s what this movie is truly about.
How did you like working with Nick Cannon? I was all about that. I got to talk to people who worked with her and people who were old friends. I sat in my apartment and closed all the windows and turned off all the lights and watched video after video after video. That’s all you can do – give your interpretation of someone.
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