Burlesque is a movie musical from writer-director Steven Antin and is meant as a tribute to the song and dance in your face spectacle. It is the story of a small town girl (Christina Aguilera) who heads to a burlesque nightclub with dreams of superstardom. It is there she meets Cher, a veteran of the business who at first pays no attention to the newbie.
Burlesque is filled to the brim with Broadway-type dance numbers and original songs — including the Golden Globe winner You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me — and possesses a cast of big stars including Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet, Eric Dane and former Dancing With the Stars champ Julianne Hough.
When we spoke to Christina Aguilera about the film, she sounded off on the joy of the movie musical and why Burlesque was simply a must for her to appear in — because of the chance to meet and work with Cher.
“She’s been there and done everything. How could you not learn from Cher with her work ethic and the way she commands attention when she walks into a room, but exudes such peaceful tranquility and love for everyone? She just makes you feel warm and welcome and more inspired to do a better job because you want to step up to the plate,” Aguilera said.
Interestingly enough, Aguilera also spoke about her divorce and the next chapter in her life, one which we would assume didn’t include being detained for public intoxication.
“I’m looking forward to the next chapter. I’m a smart girl,” Aguilera said in words that seem almost sad now. “There are decisions that I make for reasons, and the most important thing is that my son is happy and he always will be. He’s surrounded by love.”
So how did Cher find Christina Aguilera? Perhaps someone she could mentor?
“She reminded me of the relationship that I had with Meryl Streep (on Silkwood) when Meryl took me under her wing because the truth was, I didn’t have any idea where to stand, not that I know where to stand now. I think I just learned what downstage or upstage is,” Cher said. “But, she (Christina) worked so hard. She overcame. She came on the set with us and that’s a little bit nerve-wracking when you’ve done nothing in film. I think I tried to put her at ease. So, I think that quickly, as time went by, she felt a lot more comfortable.”
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