Step Up season 3 premieres on October 16, and Christina Milian is taking on the function of Collette Jones. The function was originated by the late Naya Rivera. Christina spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife about taking part in the character after Naya.
“Getting into the function of Collette Jones was difficult. It was enjoyable. I felt so honored that they trusted me to play this character, but additionally realizing the state of affairs. This character has existed for 2 seasons, has a really sturdy storyline, and there’s so many layers to this lady. With a lot respect to Naya Rivera and her performing, like, I truly was a giant fan. As an actress and as a mom, to me, I felt so linked even to that state of affairs, it was a large choice for me to truly even tackle the function,” Christina advised HollywoodLife.
She continued, “Once I finally did make that selection, I feel it was a standard sort of perception between myself, STARZ, the identical factor with Holly [Sorensen], that, hey, you are able to do this, you may determine it out. We will determine this out consecutively. We will inform this story in an aesthetic approach. You are able to do this, and you’ll develop into your individual model of Collette. It took me a while. I did do some praying. I even cried, I’ll admit it. I had some days that I did cry about it. It has nothing to do with anyone on set. It was identical to, what it’s. I feel after a lot prayer and simply speaking to myself and trusting what this was I stated, ‘Okay, belief the method. You deserve this, and now’s your time for the followers of Step Up, for the followers of Naya Rivera, for the followers of Collette Jones to proceed this legacy and inform this story in a approach that’s your individual.”
Naya handed away in July 2020 following a tragic boating accident. The actress drowned at Lake Piru in California whereas swimming together with her son, Josey. She was 33 years previous. On the time, manufacturing was about to get underway for the third season, however it was placed on maintain after her dying.
Christina famous that seeing Ne-Yo on set allowed her to get into her “consolation zone. It made me really feel very completely happy to see his face and in addition be performing with him in a approach that each of us had by no means acted earlier than. It made it actually particular.”
Christina and Ne-Yo, who performs Sage Odom within the collection, have identified one another for years. “That is the primary time we’ve labored collectively in a dramatic setting that was meant to be dramatic versus one that may up dramatic,” Ne-Yo quipped. “I’ve identified the powerhouse that’s Christina Milian for a short while now.”
Sage and Collette have a wealthy historical past collectively, and Ne-Yo teased that the pair will face their fair proportion of ups and downs in season 3. “I feel you actually get to see the grit of the each of them within the third season,” Ne-Yo stated. “They face challenges larger than any they’ve confronted in another earlier seasons within the third season. You actually get to see what they’re made from as individuals versus simply two individuals which might be sort of tolerating but falling in love with one another, being in love with one another. Every part’s all good when it’s all good, and that’s each relationship. It’s simple to speak about how a lot you like the individual when issues are going good. It’s when issues begin going dangerous that you just actually see what that relationship is made from, what these persons are made from. And I feel that this season you get to see that from each of them. You get to see what they’re really made from.”
As for Sage, who’s discovered himself in bother quite a few occasions, Ne-Yo revealed, “With out giving an excessive amount of away, I’ll say that the challenges that Sage Odom has confronted they’re not over, however it units the stage for progress and growth for Sage as an individual as a result of that’s wanted and needed.” Step Up season 3 will airs Sundays on STARZ.