Jessica Simpson's Very First Interview From 1999 Revealed -- EXCLUSIVE!
Jessica Simpson gave her very first media interview to Popstar! Magazine back in March 1999 and we’ve got some juicy quotes from that interview, which took place almost a decade ago. Here’s what the pop-turned-country singer, now 28, had to say:
On when she realized she excelled at singing: “That happened when I was 12 years old. Um, I went to the finals for The Mickey Mouse Club along with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake and JC—a lot of the people who are out now—I went to the finals with them and we hung out for a week. We worked on our stuff together. And then when we went for the final audition, I totally froze because I watched everybody perform and when I got up to do it I froze, so…I didn’t make it! But that’s when I really knew that it was something that I wanted to do because I absolutely fell in love with it.”
On how the Mickey Mouse Club try-outs went: “We got in groups and we all had to go with an acting coach, a vocal coach and a dance choreographer and we were there for like a week and a half. We each worked on a monologue and a song and a dance. We all learned the same thing. I was actually in a group with Justin Timberlake! [laughs] Yeah, I know, it’s kinda weird! It’s so weird that all the Mickey Mouse Club people are coming out. I had absolutely no experience going in there. I walked in and I sang ‘Amazing Grace’ a cappella and like Justin had already won Star Search and Britney had been in Off-Broadway stuff and I was just a little minister’s kid walking in singing ‘Amazing Grace.’ It was intimidating, it was really intimidating.”
On trying to decide what her stage name would be: “Well, I’m goin’ by Jessica. I think I’m just goin’ by Jessica. I don’t think we’ve figured that out yet—it’s either Jessica or Jessica Simpson!”
On staying a virgin until marriage: “Definitely my favorite song on the album is the one that I wrote. It’s called ‘Heart of Innocence.’ And it’s about me saving myself for my husband. And it has a really cool story behind it. I hadn’t had a boyfriend in like a year and I was writing in my journal—’cuz I write in my journal all the time—and I was upset and I was praying and I was like, ‘God, I really need you to be my companion right now.’ I fell asleep when I was writing in my prayer journal and then I woke up in the middle of the night and God was like, ‘Write a letter to your husband,’ and I was like, ‘I’m not gonna write a letter to my husband!’ And I did, and that’s the song, that’s ‘Heart of Innocence.’”
On how the interview ended: “That was my first interview!”