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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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