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Alexandra Shipp on becoming Aaliyah
Alexandra Shipp on becoming Aaliyah

For actress-singer Alexandra Shipp, becoming Aaliyah wasn’t as simple as just re-creating the late R&B singer’s “street but sweet” style. Shipp, best known from Nickelodeon’s “House of Anubis,” had to overcome the shaky beginnings of the Lifetime original film. Originally passed over for the role of the beloved singer, the 23-year-old Phoenix native received a second shot at playing her idol after its lead dropped out. Ahead of the film’s premiere Shipp discussed Aaliyah's lasting legacy, transforming into the singer and moving beyond controversy.  Was it strange stepping into the role after there was so much drama surrounding...

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