The Wizard of Oz couldn’t deliver the amount of courage needed to be Alexandra Shipp at this very moment.
Aboard the highly anticipated Lifetime biopic ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,’ the Phoenix-bred beauty takes on the role of one of the genre’s most beloved entities while combatting an army of naysayers – including the ‘One In a Million’ singer’s own family. Chronicling her rise to fame and the controversies that clouded some of it, the movie, helmed by ‘Queen of All Media’ Wendy Williams, is set to explore (like never before) the life of R&B’s fallen angel.
As the film is being greeted with mix reviews from fans and critics alike before its official arrival tonight at 8/7c, Shipp tells That Grape Juice how she’s handling the skeptics, the challenges that came with singing Aaliyah’s music, and so much more.
Sail on down below the jump to see more from our exclusive chat with Miss Shipp. As ever, it’s a must read: