July 1st, 2010
04:09 PM ET

Janet Jackson: Acting 'was my first passion'

HLN’s Richelle Carey sat down with Janet Jackson at the Essence Music Festival to chat about her upcoming role in Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls,” her childhood and her passion for acting.

[Acting is] more of a challenge for me than singing and dancing is and I love that about it,” Jackson said.

“It was my first passion,” she added, which is why Jackson is thrilled to be a part of “For Colored Girls,” Perry’s film adaptation of the 1975 play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

“It’s a great piece of history,” Jackson said.

But despite acting at 10 years old, and singing professionally by age 14, Jackson said she doesn’t think children should enter into the business before they’re 18.

“A kid should have a life. They should enjoy their childhood,” she said. “You only get one.”

Catch the full interview on HLN Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Ruth Anne Harley

    Richelle, would you please pass some information on to Janet for me.... A special, friendly tour bus driver that drove her several years ago has passed away. Charlie Franklin from Tennessee. I know she would remember him ... he's just that special. He's my uncle. Janet can contact me at my email address, or can contact my Aunt Caroline. Thank you so much.

    March 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SallyinChicago

    She comes off very normal, very sane. Glad she's having fun doing whatever she's doing.

    July 5, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Oni

    Thank you, Richelle Carey! I am a huge Janet fan and usually I am yelling at the tv answering the questions, lol! Thank you for being out of the box and asking questions so that I could get answers froom my idol that I never heard before. It greatly appreciated. <3 jdjfan

    July 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Perv

    you can see her breast.

    July 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |

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