On Thursday, Jordin Sparks hit the red carpet at the 5th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, speaking publicly for the first time about her late “Sparkle” co-star Whitney Houston. But, in an exclusive, sit down interview with Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson, the “American Idol” shared some of her most memorable off-camera moments with the late superstar.
“One thing folks didn’t realize about her was her sense of humor, that she was really funny. Tell me one of the funniest things that you remember about her or something she said to you,” Shaun asked.
“We did. There was a moment where…. she was blasting gospel [on her iPod] and then for me, sometimes I would put it on and [she said], ‘Teach me how to Dougie!’” Jordin said of Whitney’s request that the former “Idol” winner show her some dance moves.
“[There was] one night where we were all just waiting for the camera change and we’re all upstairs and I put it on and we start moving and we’re getting up and Whitney’s like, ‘OK,’ and she starts Dougie-ing and we’re all Dougie-ing. It was this crazy moment and it was just so funny,” Jordin recounted.
“Was she good at it?” Shaun asked.
“She was, she was very good… It was just so funny and it was it was a kind of crazy, out of body experience because I’m looking at her going, ‘This is Whitney Houston,’ you know, regal, Whitney, and here she is just getting down and it was awesome,” Jordin said. “It was amazing.”
Jordin said she was “awestruck” often on the “Sparkle” set.
“Even after filming for a couple of weeks I was still just in that awestruck stage at moments. Like it would hit me, ‘I’m standing across from her right now.’ And she was always just so sweet,” Jordin said.
“Sparkle” will hit theaters on August 17, 2012.