Whitney Houston In ‘Sparkle’: Co-Stars Remember the Late Legend

Gabrielle Chung / August 17, 2012

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Whitney Houston’s legacy is living on with her final film, Sparkle.

And as the movie opens in theaters this Friday, the late legend’s co-stars are reminiscing about their time with her. In an interview with  Celebuzz, Jordin Sparks spoke about her final encounter with Houston.

“She put my head in her hands and looked at me and said, ‘You’re everything that we wanted,'” said Sparks, who plays one of Houston’s three singing daughters during the 1960’s Motown craze. “To have your idol tell you that — that was the type of woman she was. She was so nurturing and wanted to see everybody else succeed. She just wanted to see us do well.”

What else do Houston’s costars remember about her?

“I was nervous about meeting Whitney,” costume designer Ruth Carter told Celebuzz. “I wanted to be super beyond-prepared because I knew that fashion was laid at her feet for most of her life. I worked with the best collectors, [and] I wanted a fresh approach to her wardrobe … I wanted to take Sparkle out beyond its limits!”

However, it appears that Carter needn’t have worried: Houston’s castmates say she was anything but a diva, with Mike Epps, who plays druglord Satin in the movie, saying she lacked all pretense.

“Whitney seems like she’s one of the people to be real with, not ‘Hollywood,'” Epps said. “I would talk to her about real stuff, life.”

Houston died tragically at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 10, a day her co-stars will never forget.

“I thought it was a rumor when I heard that she passed away,” Derek Luke, who plays Stix in Sparkle, confessed.

Costar Omari Hardwick echoed the sentiments.

“I was with my lady and friends, and they were trying to hide the phone,” he recalled. “It was very weird because there was [also] this young girl, and she was trying to get me to get a picture with her when I’m receiving the news.”

Said Sparks: “I lost all feeling. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t say anything. I don’t think I was breathing. I still have moments where it hits me and it’s like, she’s not here, there’s this void.”

Sparkle opens in theaters on August 17. See the movie’s trailer, below.

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