NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Jordin Sparks On ‘Sparkle’ Co-Star Whitney Houston: “It’s Definitely Been Rough”

Whitney Houston became an on-set maternal figure for American Idol alum Jordin Sparks — who plays her daughter — while shooting Sparkle.

Not surprisingly, she told ESSENCE, at the 5th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in L.A. yesterday, she told reporter Tanika Ray, “its’ definitely been rough.”

At the event, she told the crowd, “It was one of the most amazing things…I’m thinking, this is Whitney, I watched her my entire life and she’s scolding me, this is the best day ever.”

Jordin then paid tribute by singing a song from the Sparkle called “Look Into Your Heart.”

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