Christina Aguilera was all smiles as she attended the Burlesque press conference at the Peninsula in Tokyo today (December 6).
Looking darling in Dolce & Gabbana, the singer-turned-actress was joined by co-stars Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet as well as director Steve Antin as she dished about her acting debut to various Japanese media outlets.
The first thing Xtina learned about her role as a small-town girl trying to make it big at a burlesque club? A dancer’s feet aren’t sexy.
The 29-year-old she felt doubly challenged by the acting and dancing demands of the lead role of Ali Rose, and she was at first inclined to turn it down.
Although she is accustomed to dancing when she performs on stage, Christina said she considers herself first and foremost a singer.
“I was scared of being out there with real, professional dancers,” she said. “It’s harder than it looks. Probably the unsexiest thing is to see a dancer’s feet. After dancing for 17 or 18 hours a day every day, your feet are just bruises and calluses.”
The flick’s director said he had to convince a worried Christina that she had enough acting and dancing in her for the role. But, he said, she quickly rose to the occasion.
“Christina has an extraordinary innate acting ability,” Antin said. “She had many reservations. I believed she could do it. I watched her do it every day.”
He added: “That was a great relief – I really needed her to be happy.”