Sunday, September 19, 2021

Janet Jackson: Biopic in the Works on Music Icon

*Janet Jackson is the latest celebrity to get her own biopic. 

According to theJasmineBRAND, the auditions had already begun before the coronavirus outbreak hit the U.S. and development on the project had to be curbed due to the pandemic.

As one of the biggest pop music stars, Jackson has sold more records than any female recording artist–with the exception of Mariah Carey.

Janet is the tenth and youngest child of the infamous Jackson family. She began her career as an actress, first appearing on the variety series “The Jacksons ” in 1976 and later co-starring on “Good Times,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Fame.”

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Janet Jackson

Back in 2008, she had this to say to Parade Magazine about her working childhood:

“My parents have close to three acres at home in Encino (Calif.), and tons of trees in their yard. We children had lots of chores. On Saturday morning, we’d get up and rake the entire yard. Then we’d take out the garbage. When my brothers were on the road, I’d be the one taking out the garbage because my sister La Toya would say to me, ‘Mother wants you to do this.’”

“I’d think, ‘I’m sure doing a lot of the chores all by myself,’” she continues. “When I’d ask Mother, ‘Do you want me to do this myself?’ She’d go, ‘No, baby, I said for both you and La Toya to do it.’ La Toya was putting all her chores on me!”

“But I’m thankful for all the chores we had to do around the house,” she says. “I think that’s one of the things that helped us stay grounded. As a child, I had to get up early for school or work. I’d get ready by myself. I’d set my alarm to wake me up very early in the morning, and be off to work, the family driver driving me every morning. I did it alone, my parents never coming in to wake me up. By age seven, I used to comb my hair for performances, just pull my hair up into a bun. Granted, it wasn’t a very intricate hairstyle. Still, to be that responsible and disciplined at age seven is unusual.”
  
“After school, I’d come home and get in the kitchen and cook up a meal for myself,” she boasts. “Because I was too little to reach the oven or the stove, I’d stand on top of a swivel chair, cut up onions, garlic, butter, chicken or a little steak and put it in foil and make it. We children worked and still went to school. Mother made sure we still had a little playtime.”

Are you interested in a Janet Jackson biopic? Let us know in the comments. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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