Jamie Foxx moved to Hollywood for a reason none of us would guess, but he made his way and ended up successful. But he doesn’t like to let his success define him.
Many remember seeing Jamie Foxx for the first time on In Living Color, and while most people know him as an actor, that wasn’t what he’d planned to be. Foxx moved to Hollywood in 1986 to try his hand as a musician, believe it or not, but it didn’t quite end up that way. He said he wanted to become the “next Lionel Richie.”
“In order for you to make a demo at that time, you almost had to … spend the amount of money that they make albums for now, and so it just really wasn’t conducive to a person who is living in a hotel on Hollywood Boulevard,” he said, according to Yahoo!. “But I was always able to tell jokes, and I had done stand-up a little bit before. So I went down to The Comedy Store … and the next thing you know, I caught the comedy wave at the right time.”
He joined In Living Color five years later, in 1991, and then was given his very own TV show. But he feels that it wasn’t until he started acting in movies that his career really took off.
“Oliver Stone took a chance on me, because I was a TV actor. I remember him telling me, ‘You’re so terrible as a movie actor, because you’re so loud,'” Foxx recalls. “I got a chance to be in that movie [Any Given Sunday], and the only reason I think I survived is because I knew a lot more about football than I did acting.”
And it’s been ever upward from there. Foxx has since won an Oscar in 2005 for Ray and a Grammy (along with T-Pain) in 2010 for Blame It. But Foxx doesn’t feel the fame or success has gone to his head. He says he refuses to keep the awards at his home for fear his children will think that winning an award is the finish line.
“Awards are great, but if you just rest on your awards, then I think you’re selling yourself short,” Foxx tells omg! from Yahoo!. “It’s like sometimes, when people win Oscars, you never hear from them again because they say, ‘OK, I’ve reached the mountaintop.’ I never kept a Grammy at my house, never kept an Oscar at my house. They’re at my manager’s house, because I said I don’t want to get caught up in that.”