Christina Aguilera Makes Her Film Debut with ‘Burlesque’

After slithering her slinky self through countless music videos, pop siren Christina Aguilera will sizzle on movie screens for the first time in Columbia Pictures’ song-filled drama “Burlesque.”

“It’s sexy, it’s sensual,” she promises. “The whole idea of burlesque has always intrigued me. The art of the tease, the dance, beautiful women — need I say more?”

Aguilera plays Ali, a plucky girl from Iowa who runs off to the big city to follow her dreams and lands a job at a struggling nightclub. Yet it was her character’s heart and grit that caught her eye. Says Aguilera, who has been candid about her own childhood travails: “It wasn’t just a girl who comes to L.A. and makes it big. It was a girl who had suffered and felt pain, been in seven foster homes. She doesn’t let her past make her a victim. And that to me was so appealing. I could relate to Ali as a whole: having this dream, being denied, getting a chance, and getting people to take you seriously, because it took a few times before someone bit and I got my big break,” she says.

“Burlesque” director/writer Steve Antin had long been friends with Aguilera, but what cinched it for him was her appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” which made him certain that she had the chops to portray Ali. “I had this instinct about her,” Antin notes. “I don’t think people realize how tough it is to be funny in a live element like that. I knew she could do this based on her instincts in those seemingly simple, but really incredibly difficult comedy skits. I knew she could do any of the comedy in the movie and all of the drama.”

Antin was also impressed by how quickly Aguilera adapted to a new type of performing. “She figured out how it works within weeks. She is a little bit of a freak of nature and a perfectionist. This girl is a movie star.”

The novice actress found the perfect mentors in such castmate Cher, who hasn’t had a major film role since 1999’s “Tea With Mussolini.” “I love no-bull-(expletive) women, and she’s the best of the best,”

Aguilera says of Cher, who plays Tess, owner of The Burlesque Lounge. “An original trendsetter in her time and a legend in mine. I found her kind and warm. She had helpful advice and stories for days.”

Aguilera did more than just act, sing and dance in “Burlesque” — she also co-wrote three of the songs that appear in the film: “E.X.P.R.E.S.S.,” “Bound to You,” and “Show Me How You Burlesque.” She offered to write the music and Antin graciously accepted. With a caveat, though. “Christina said, ‘Does that mean if I write one and you don’t like it, it’s not in the movie?’ And I said, ‘Yeah,’” Antin jokes. “That’s basically it. She’s not afraid of a challenge, a girl like Christina Aguilera. She went out and wrote song after song after song, and it was spectacular. We talked a lot about what those songs were. I wrote treatments for the songs, about what story those songs tell in the movie and what the subject matter is, and what the tone of the songs might be.” Antin did write one of the key songs that Christina performs in the film – “But I’m a Good Girl.”

Aguilera says she and Antin bonded from day one on the movie. “There’s something about him that I felt I’d known my whole life,” she reveals. “He was involved with every aspect, and he cared about it like it was his baby. It makes you not want to disappoint him even more. He was great.”

All in all, Aguilera says audiences for “Burlesque” can expect a fun song-and-dance ride from beginning to end. She adds: “It was a really beautiful thing to be a part of, and I think it shows onscreen. Audiences will see how much heart we put into this picture.”

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Burlesque” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

19 Comments on Christina Aguilera Makes Her Film Debut with ‘Burlesque’

  1. Purplepumpkin // January 14, 2011 at 8:44 am //

    I’ll definitely watch this movie. Vocals pa lang, wala ng panama ang iba. Christina Aguilera rocks!

  2. The best ang movie na’to! I love Christina… mamatay na ang nag-iisang hater dito

  3. Love it so excited to watch it

  4. Christina Aguilar // January 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm //

    Britney is britney. Xtina is xtina. They’ve been relevant in pop culture since the late 90s. Di dapat sila pinag compare kasi magkaiba sila. Xtina is more on singing while britney, hmmmmm dancing? heheheh pero i like the 2 of them.. so much… d gaya ni gaya gaya gaga

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  6. haha yeah may awards nga xa… pero flop parin… pareho lang sa emir, may awards pero flop…

    well, mas magaling nga c xtina sa singing… pero cno kaya ang mas may appeal??? haha still britney

  7. burlesque // January 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm //

    consider it is a flop
    pero ang performance nmn ni xtina sa movie is better than the one ur comparing to her.
    besides, may 3 nomination e2 sa golden globe
    flop na kung flop, quality movie naman.
    in your face!

  8. may be it surpassed britney’s crossroads in the US,,, and maybe in worldwide as well… BUT considering the budget and the gross,,, burlesque is very flop…

  9. Christina Aguilar // January 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm //

    Go.. I am so excited to watch this.

  10. Go XTINA

  11. Christina Aguilera is slaying again… Ths is a sleeper hit… As expected, it should gross $30M domestically in US but it’s way beyond the expectation.
    And it has officially surpassed Crossroads by Britney’s movie..

    Go Xtina.. It’ll be ahit

  12. malaki ang kinita nito kasi marami sikat… si cher palang sikat na sikat na…

    yung kay britney $61,141,030 worldwide at take note $12,000,000 lang ang budget nila…

    ang budget ng BURLESQUE ay $55,000,000
    kaya considered flop yan….

  13. Bacolod City // January 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm //

    oo grabe namian gid ko sang imortal tanan kami di galantaw gid kag ga hulat sang imortal namian kami tanan tani ma extend ang imortal

  14. Bacolod CIty // January 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm //

    IMORTAL its my first time na hook ako ng todo sa teleserye usualy its american novel but now I really loved IMORTAL the best I am proud to be pinoy

  15. This movies was shown a couple of months ago here in Hawaii and it’s definitely worth it. It has the right amount humor, and very entertaining to watch from start to end. Although this film had been critically turned down by critics because of its false portrayal of the “real” burlesque, it remains an outstanding film to watch. Amazing performance by Christina and Cam Gigandet.

    BTW, the soundtrack is out, you should definitely check it out, its awesome 🙂

  16. Angel Locsin The Real Primetime Queen // January 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm //

    the best ang imortal.galeng talaga ni ANGEL dalawang show ng gma7 pinatumba una ang ILUMINa at GRAZILDa at ang susunod DYAWFINA.

  17. critically flop.? it sold 50 million dollars worldwide and still counting for some country hasn’t opened this film yet., This Film nominated for 3 GOLDEN GLOBES .. BEST ORIGINAL SONG FOR “YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAST OF ME Sung by: CHER”
    BEST ORIGINAL SONG FOR “BOUND TO YOU written and performed by: CHRISTINA AGUILERA” And Nominated for BEST PICTURE COMEDY or MUSICAL category., And i’m sure this film will be nominated in OSCAR., 😉 The Soundtrack is awesome and so is the film.,

  18. @1:how much???

  19. this movie is Critically Flop

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