When you think of Cuba, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Cigars, right? Wrong. Mankind's widely exaggerated obsession with Cuban cigars is about to be replaced with an even finer Cuban product that goes by the name of Christina Milian.
Born twenty years ago to Cuban-native parents in New Jersey and raised in Waldorf, Maryland, Christina simply thrived to become the starlet that she is today. Her career in the spotlight began at a very young age when she was cast as Annie Warbucks in the theatrical musical rendition of Annie.
Shortly thereafter, Christina made her next big move to the Disney Channel. No, she wasn't part of that cult-like Mickey Mouse Club that has somehow spawned today's generation of pop stars, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake.
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Actually, she declined an offer from the club altogether. A very bold move on her part and at such a tender age, we might add. Instead, she worked as a junior journalist on Disney's Movie Surfers. Apparently, she had her sights set on bigger and better things.
This exposure to the world of entertainment helped inspire Christina to pursue her acting career even further. At thirteen years of age, her mother helped her pick up the pace by bringing her to California. It was there that she was able to take her next big step by appearing in a flurry of TV sitcoms. This was a huge boost for Christina as her face was now being seen on shows such as Clueless, Sister, Sister, Smart Guy, as well as portraying a recurring character on Get Real.
Once she found herself submerged in the small-screen acting scene, she took an even bigger leap in her career and appeared in the 1999 film The Wood, and did a voice-over for an animated character in A Bug's Life.
During her stint in California, she also made some prosperous connections in the music biz. After a meeting with Rodney Jerkins, he inspired her to take a stab at recording music. Lo and behold, a few years later, after a great deal of hard work and determination, Christina appeared in Ja Rule's #1 single "Between Me and You." At this point she had fans worldwide sit up and take notice while wondering to themselves, "Who on earth is she and where did she come from?" From this point on, it's been all uphill for Christina.
After completing her debut album, she wowed audiences far and wide as the opening act on *N Sync's stadium tour. Her album was finally released in October 2001, much to the excitement of her newfound fan base across North America.