Milian eyes Grammy

Published on Sep 17, 2004 03:08 PM IST

Actor-singer Milian wants to bag a Grammy and an Oscar at the same time. She did her first commercial at the age of 9.

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PTI | ByCarrie Antlfinger, Associated Press, Wisconsin

Pop singers used to be pop singers, and actors used to be actors. Now that the two have become almost interchangeable, Christina Milian can go ahead and chase a Grammy and an Oscar at the same time.

The New Jersey-born Cuban-American did her first commercial, for Wendy's, at age 9. Her self-entitled debut album was released only abroad in 2002, but the single AM to PM did well on Billboard's Hot 100.

Now Milian is 22 and on tour opening for Usher, promoting her latest CD, It's about Time, released earlier this summer. The first single, Dw is a top-five Billboard hit. She also has two movies set for release in March: Man of the House with Tommy Lee Jones and Be Cool with John Travolta and Uma Thurman.

The self-professed lover of shoes and SUVs said she's wanted to sing and act since she was a child, watching Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and the

Q: You've been around for a long time, but Dip it Low is your biggest hit. Why do you think it's taken a while for you to take off?

Milian: I just think it takes time. My first album was about to come out in America but a lot of things were key factors in the reason it didn't come out. September 11 didn't help, you know. I had my record "AM to PM" which was blowing up but then (9/11) happened. ... I think being overseas and touring was a great rehearsal for me.

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