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Jordin Sparks Remembers Working With Whitney Houston Ahead of ‘Sparkle’ Premiere

August 08, 2012 01:00 PM by Shayla Perry

She may be an American Idol, but for Jordin Sparks, one of the highlights of her life was working with her idol, the late Whitney Houston, on the remake of Sparkle. The premiere is set for August 17th, but the movie’s undoubted success will be bittersweet for Sparks and the rest of the all-star cast, which also includes The Voice‘s Cee Lo Green.

“I finally got to see the film and we all knew it was something special when we were filming it, but to finally, to see the finished [product] – I just have this overwhelming sense of pride,” the former FOX reality star tells Access Hollywood of her big screen debut.

“Twenty years from now I get to say that my first film was this and it’s incredible I got to work with one of my idols. I got to make new friends and family and it’s just…it’s amazing.”

Sadly, her idol, Whitney Houston, won’t be there to see the premiere of the film, but Sparks remembers the time they spent working on the movie together fondly, and says that Whitney was extremely enthusiastic about the project.

“She was there [on] days when she had no scenes to film and she just wanted to be there to watch us. That was how encouraging she was,” recalls Jordin. “I remember when we did ‘Giving Him Something He Can Feel,’ and she was so excited. She came up and she hugged all of us and she sat and she watched it just for the sake of being there and watching it and being so passionate about it.”

Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston, hits theaters nationwide on August 17th.

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