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christina milian (interview from 2000)

Christina Milian is more than a pretty face. Already a seasoned actress, singer, and writer, the eighteen-year-old is best known for Between Me & You, her hit with Ja Rule. The girl behind rap's hottest hook, is now ready to go solo. With an album set for Spring, meet hip hop's latest starlet to hit the scene...

Lindzi.com: What was it like working with Ja Rule?

Christina Milian: Working with Ja Rule was tons of fun. When I first did the song, Ja wasn't in the studio and I hadn't even met Ja. I had just signed to Def Jam and, about two months later, my A&R guy called me. He was like, "Ja Rule's looking for somebody to sing this song and they can't find any girl to sing it right. Can you come and meet [his producer] tomorrow?" I thought it was a cool idea. The next day, I went in. Ja had already rapped all over it. He just needed somebody to sing it. After fifteen minutes, we had the song mapped out.

Lindzi.com: You're kidding? That's awesome. So, when did you actually meet Ja Rule? What was it like making a video with him?

Christina Milian: The next day, I got to meet Ja. He was sweet. I came in with my mom and he was telling us how close he is with his mom. Ja is so cool. When we did the video, that was fun. That was the second or third time that we met each other. We vibed so quick. In the video, what you see was all one take. We had such energy with each other.

Lindzi.com: Can we expect to hear from him on your album?

Christina Milian: Possibly! I've already asked Ja if he would do it and he said that he's down for it. I don't want to put him on just any song. I want to make sure it's the right song for him. I did this one song with Jermaine Dupri and it'll probably have a cameo by a rapper. I don't know which one yet, but it'd be cool if I did it with Ja. The rest of the album is all me! Maybe when we do remixes we'll have other artists.

Lindzi.com: Oh, yeah? What other artists would you like to work with?

Christina Milian: There's this guy Craig David. He's from the UK and he's about to come out with an album here. I'd love to do a song with him because he's really talented! I would also love to work with another female artist. I have this song that I wrote called Cat Fight. It's not on the album right now, but it's a dope song. It'd be cool to do it with Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera or, even, Pink.

Lindzi.com: Ooh -- how about Mya? You're both very similar. Are you compared to Mya often?

Christina Milian: {laughs} Just recently. Maybe two or three people have said it? Maybe we have a similar, light tone in our voice? I'd love to work with her. She's talented. Her and I are always in the studio at the same time. I bump into her constantly. We've spoken to each other for a minute before. She's from Maryland and I'm from Maryland. It turns out we went to the same dance school and didn't even know it.

Lindzi.com: Tell me a little about your upcoming album. Do you have a fave track?

Christina Milian: Gosh, I love all of them. {{giggles}} That's a hard question. My first single coming out is AM to PM. It's a fun, party/club song. I also love You Make Me Laugh. That was the first song that I had written for my album. I got to do it with this producer Bloodshy. I'd describe my sound as hip hop under-toned with nice, pop melodies. We used a lot of live instruments too -- like violin.

Lindzi.com: What's your goal with all of this?

Christina Milian: My ultimate goal is just to be happy. I feel like I've been blessed with this career and the talent of singing, writing, and acting. I just hope people recognize it and like it. Hopefully, the album will be a huge success. I want it to sell a whole bunch. Eventually, I'd like to open my own record company and help other artists.

Lindzi.com: I was looking at your web site... You have the BEST style! Where do you shop?

Christina Milian: I like going shopping every where. I like shopping on Melrose, but I also love getting vintage clothing. I make a lot of my clothes. My mom and I tend to go to thrift stores. We'll get tons of shirts and jeans. We'll cut it all up and dye pieces of the jeans. Then we'll piece it all together to make dope jeans and skirts and stuff. We also make these cool belts with rhinestones and feathers. I don't like wearing the same thing everybody else wears.

Lindzi.com: What's something you've learned about yourself in the past year?

Christina Milian: It's funny. I really learned that... {laughs} Well, you know...it's been a year since I've been writing. I used to think I couldn't write. I thought it was cheesy. My mom was like, "If you can read. You can write." I've learned that I'm actually a good writer. I wrote three or four songs completely on my own for the album and then I co-wrote with a lot of the producers on the rest of the album. I've gotten to write for other artists, as well. I've always been the type of person who thought you can't say you can't do something until you've tried it. Whatever you decide to do, if you put your mind to it, you can do it for sure.

Lindzi.com: You're kidding? Who have you written for?

Christina Milian: I have a song out, called Play, on Jennifer Lopez's new album. I have a song coming out soon on Jessica Simpson's. There's a girl group called PYT. I wrote their first single, Same 'Ole Same 'Ole. Now a lot of people are calling and asking me to write for their projects, which is flattering. I'm like, "Thank you!"

Lindzi.com: What's a life lesson you've learned?

Christina Milian: I think everything takes a lot of work. If you want to reach your goal, you have to stay positive. Life is wonderful. If something bad happens, it happens for a reason. It's always a good learning experience.

Lindzi.com: What do you like most about yourself? Least?

Christina Milian: I loooove my personality. I like to have fun, smile, and be happy. People have told me the same thing. I don't have a least favorite characteristic. That sounds funny, but I think everybody should love everything about themselves.

Lindzi.com: Now, this is for the prom issue. In honor of which, what was your prom like?

Christina Milian: I didn't go to prom! I was in home studies. I didn't get to go to any dances. Nothing. I would've loved to go. Nobody's ever asked me to their prom, either. I guess it was because I was busy. That would've been fun, though.

Lindzi.com: No dances? Nothing?! You'll have to work something out.

Christina Milian: Actually... well, I go on the web all the time. I send out a letter every two weeks on my web site to inform everybody what's going on. I had told all the fans that I'm going to Florida for three weeks to work on my show because I'm going on tour with 'N Sync. It's cute because this guy had written on my Yahoo Club, "I heard you're going to be out here in Florida and my dream for my entire life would be for you to go with me to the prom. Will you be my prom date?" It was sooo sweet. I just read this last night and was like, "Awww, I'd love to!" Maybe I'll try and figure out a way to meet him while I'm in Florida.

Lindzi.com: That's crazy!! Speaking of which, what's the craziest thing you've done with your friends?

Christina Milian: I don't do too many crazy things, but we'd have sleepovers. When somebody was sleeping, we'd take their bra, wet it, and put it in the freezer. When they would wake up in their morning they'd put on this freezing cold bra. Or we'd put Tabasco on somebody's lips while they were sleeping. {laughs}

Lindzi.com: What's the dating situation like for you?

Christina Milian: I don't have a boyfriend. It's hard because I love my music and I'm so focused on it. I'm cool with just having male friends and girl friends. I usually like going out with my friends and bowling and stuff. I don't want to get all serious with the whole dating thing. I have so much time ahead of me and I'm young now. Guys get jealous sometimes and I don't feel like dealing with that. No boys now. Later on, I'm sure.

Lindzi.com: What drives you insane?

Christina Milian: Like good insane or bad insane? Good insane would be hot guys who have great personalities and can play an instrument or something. Guys who have goals are really cute. I don't really have something that drives me bad insane. Maybe a dirty house? My sister's are such pigs! And I'm a total neat freak. They've been messy like that since they were little. I go crazy every time I see the house.

Lindzi.com: What's something you've never been asked that you'd like to answer?

Christina Milian: Nobody ever asks me about my dogs! I love animals. Nobody asks me because I don't think anybody really knows. I have two dogs. Their names are Baby and Missy. They're a Chihuahua and a Yorkshire Terrier. Those are my little babies. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about them!

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