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Exclusive: Alexandra Shipp Tried to Contact Aaliyah’s Family Before Shooting Biopic



Actress Alexandra Shipp, the beauty who will be taking on the role of the late great Aaliyah in the forthcoming Lifetime biopic, was willing to go to great lengths to meet the Princess of R&B’s family.

During a recent interview with Shipp, the actress revealed to HipHollywood that she was so passionate about receiving the family’s approval, she tried to find their address. “I tried to contact the family before I even accepted the role,” she told us. “I love Aaliyah and after reading the script I really loved her story and she’s very close with her brother Rashad. That rang super true to me because I’m very close with my big brother.”

She continued, “I was like ‘me and James are going to get on an airplane, we will fly ourselves, we will drive ourselves, give me an address.’ Sadly, they couldn’t find the mother and they couldn’t contact the brother which is completely understandable after the amount of loss that they’ve felt, they wanted to pull out of the public eye.”

When Lifetime first announced the making of the film, the Haughton family was extremely upset and completely against the network going through with production.

“I wish that I could’ve gotten heir blessing. I wish I would’ve gotten an address. I was like ‘I can book a flight now.’ I want to be able to tell these people how amazing I think their daughter is and what a huge honor it would be for me to portray her in a movie,” Shipp explained. “I really hope that they do see that in the work that we’ve done with this movie because it’s a great movie.”

Check out our full interview with Shipp next week on

The made for television movie is set to air on November 15, at 8pm ET/PT.

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  1. Dana

    October 16, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    Lol. Mama Haughton was probably like “Girl bye, ain’t nobody got time fo dat. Y’all make sure dis bish don’t get my address.” I would be mad yo if someone was trying to play my deceased daughter without my consent. RIP in Heaven Aaliyah.

  2. Michael

    October 16, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Rashad, Missy, Timbaland, all have Twitters and so does She. She didn’t think to use Twitter?

    And she still went ahead and filmed it without their blessing? She’s more full of crap than a 2 year old’s diaper

  3. chynaa_xox

    October 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    This bitch is annoying. THE REASON YOU DIDN’T GET IN CONTACT WITH THEM IS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT THE MOVIE BEING MADE. Is that so hard to understand? She needs to stop trying to explain herself or justify this shit because it just pisses Aaliyah fans off even more. There is no justifying this level of disrespect. Period. She didn’t give a fuck about Aaliyah or her family till she got the role. Zendaya was a bigger fan BEFORE she got the role and had the sense to drop the role when she realized Aaliyah’s family really didn’t want the movie being made. I can’t wait for this parody movie to flop and just be over with already. I’m tired of the BS.

  4. Nikki

    October 23, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    My issue is more with Wendy Williams and Lifetime than with the actors. When the family said they didn’t want a movie. Lifetime should’ve canceled the project, period. No excuse for this level of disrespect.

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