‘Whitney Houston Called Us Her Babies’: ‘Sparkle’ Actress Recalls Late Diva's On-Set Demeanor

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Whitney Houston's Sparkle costars paid tribute to her in the "Celebrate" video earlier this month, and now actress Tika Sumpter -- who plays her daughter in the upcoming movie -- shares her memories of working with the late singer.

"One day, I was in my own moment, sitting on set, and  [Whitney] came over to me, and she’s like ‘I’m so proud of you,'" Sumpter told Celebuzz.

"She was caring and motherly. She called us her babies," she added, referring to the movie's other stars Jordin Sparks and Carmen Ejogo.

Despite the iconic singer's worldwide fame, Houston -- who died in February at age 48 -- had plenty of antics off set, Sumptor said.

"Whitney is so funny. People don’t get how funny she was," the former One Life to Live actress said.

“[And] she loved to dance. On breaks, we’d go dance together and sing. It was awesome. I wish the world could see what we saw. It was very special.”

Sparkle is set in the 1960s, and follows three sisters who form a girl group and soon become Motown sensations. It hits theaters on August 17.

Will you see the film? Tell us in the comments. Then, check out a behind-the-scenes look of the cast filming the movie's anthem, "Celebrate."

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  • Jamie allen
    Jamie allen

    Jamie ever since I heard of the singer whitney houston I have been really trying to figure out what was the cause of her death. Howcome she became so depression with such pain medicin what are the effects,she was so angry I guess at times which les to her composure and many times once again she will become upset with the man she loved I won"t say at this time though..Iam sorry for the loss she was nice and very beautiful:)