Christine Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian (/mɪliˈɑːn/), is an American singer, songwriter and actress. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles “AM to PM” and “When You Look at Me”; “AM to PM” charted with in the Top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and both peaked in the top three on the UK Singles Chart. In 2004, Milian released her second studio album It’s About Time, which provided her first major U.S. hit, “Dip It Low”, which reached number five on the U.S. Billboard chart. “Whatever U Want” was released as the album’s second single. Both singles charted within the Top 10 of the UK chart.
In 2006, Milian released her third studio album So Amazin’. The album produced one single, “Say I”, which peaked in the Top 30 of the US Billboard chart. A month after the release of So Amazin’, Milian’s representative confirmed that she had left Island Records due to creative differences. Milian signed with Interscope Records in 2009. A single, ballad “Us Against the World”, was released in October 2008. In 2012, Milian signed to Young Money Entertainment, which will release her fourth studio album.
Although Milian is best known for her singing career, she originally wanted to be an actress. Her first lead role was in the 2003 film Love Don’t Cost a Thing, and she subsequently had main roles in Be Cool and the horror film Pulse. Milian had a minor role in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and starred as the lead role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, training with former Cleveland Cavaliers dancer Kelly Wilson. Milian has since been cast in the ABC Family Original Movie Christmas Cupid, alongside Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray.
On September 4, 2009, Milian and R&B singer/songwriter The-Dream eloped in Las Vegas, and she gave birth to their daughter, Violet, on February 26, 2010. Milian and The-Dream announced their separation on July 12, 2010.
Milian was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, she is Cuban. Her mother is Carmen Milian, and raised in Waldorf, Maryland., Flores changed her name and adopted her mother’s maiden name (Milian) in the hopes of landing a wider range of acting roles. The oldest of three sisters, including Danielle and Elizabeth, she moved with her family to Waldorf, Maryland, soon after her birth. Milian was four years old when she showed an interest in show business, and when her family realized that she was a talented actress, she became determined to pursue an entertainment career. As a child, Milian was “very imaginative and very creative”, and watching television and listening to the radio became her life. They inspired her to have fun, and she convinced her parents that she “did not want to be inside the TV”, although it took some time to convince them. By the time she was nine years old, Milian had begun auditioning with local talent agencies, shot commercials for Wendy’s and Honeycomb, and played the lead role in the musical Annie. Milian’s mother noticed her daughter’s potential and moved to Los Angeles with her three daughters when Milian was 13 years old. Her father stayed in Maryland and divorced her mother soon after the move.
Milian describes her family as her “first, her last, her everything”, and says that although she got along with everyone as a child, she did not have many friends. Acting at a young age, Milian says that “people knew about it. It was the talk. Even the teachers were talking about it.” When Milian moved to Los Angeles, her only desire was to be an actress. She always wanted to be in the record business, but did not know how to obtain a recording contract. During this time, she was also a host for the Disney Channel. After living in Los Angeles for six months, Milian moved into the same apartment complex as songwriter and producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Jerkins heard about Milian from a boy band he was working with and once he heard her sing, they began working together. For a year and a half, Milian went into a studio every day and worked with Jerkins, which is where she started meeting people in the record business. She began writing songs at the age of 17 because she needed a demo to help her obtain a recording contract. According to Milian, every time she recorded a song, the producer would refuse to give her the demo, or would write lyrics that she did not agree with. She felt that she had to write a song, record a demo, and send it out on her own.
In February 2010, it was announced that Milian had signed an Australian music duo, Kasey Osborne and Kelsey-Maree Eckstein, as their manager. Milian said, “the girls have everything it takes to be the biggest international pop duo out there. The world is definitely ready for these beautiful girls to hit the stage and kill it on screen.” She said that the duo were the “most exciting project” she had worked on, and were writing and recording an album to be released in 2010. In September 2010, Osborne stated that she was working on a solo album with Milian, was scheduled to release in 2011, but never did. The album project was pushed back to an unknown release date. Eckstein remained acting and working on her solo music, which was released late 2011. In early 2012, Eckstein released her Official Music Video to “The Revolution”, which was written by The Movement and Jesse McCartney and produced by The Movement. In September 2012, Eckstein signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners as her acting management.
- Christina Milian (2001)
- It’s About Time (2004)
- So Amazin’ (2006)
- 4You (EP) (2015)
|1999||The Wood||Girl at the school Dance|
|1999||American Pie||Band geek|
|1999||Durango Kids||Eleanor “Ellie” Bigelow|
|2003||Love Don’t Cost a Thing||Paris Morgan|
|2005||Man of the House||Anne|
|2005||Be Cool||Linda Moon|
|2009||Ghosts of Girlfriends Past||Keelia|
|2009||Bring It On: Fight to the Finish||Catalina “Lina” Cruz||Straight-to-DVD|
|1996||Sister, Sister||Lana||Episode: “Kid-Napped”|
|1997||Smart Guy||“TJ’s Friend”||Two episodes|
|1998||Movie Surfers||Tina Flores||Series regular|
|1999||Cousin Skeeter||Candies Member|
|1999||Get Real||Tennisha||Three episodes|
|1999||The Steve Harvey Show||Young Lady in Hallway||Episode: “Working Homegirl”|
|1999||Charmed||Teri Lane||Episode: “The Wendigo”|
|2002||All That||Musical Guest||Performed “AM to PM”|
|2004||Cribs||Herself||Episode: November 21|
|2007||Snowglobe||Angela Moreno||ABC Family original movie|
|2007||Smallville||Rachel Davenport||Episode: “Action”|
|2010||Christmas Cupid||Sloane||ABC Family original movie|
|2010||Meet The Browns||Claudia||Two episodes|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Sydney Preston||Episode: “All That Cremains”|
|2012||A Gifted Man||Shawnee Baker||Episode: “In Case of Co-Dependants”|
|2012–13||The Voice||Herself||Social media correspondent|
|2013||A Snow Globe Christmas||Sal||Movie|
|2013||Dancing with the Stars||Herself||Contestant in season 17|
|2015||Christina Milian Turned Up||Herself||Reality show; Also executive producer|
Awards and nominations
|2004||Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Star – Female||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Nick Cannon)||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Nick Cannon)||Nominated|
|2005||Teen Choice Award for Choice Hottie: Female||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award for Choice Crossover Artist (Music to Movies)||Nominated|
|BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Theatrical Film for Be Cool||Nominated|
|Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album for It’s About Time||Nominated|
|Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Dip It Low” (shared with Fabolous)||Nominated|
|The Reign Award for Outstanding Achievement||Won|
|Groovevolt Music and Fashion Award for Best Song Performance – Female for “Dip It Low”||Nominated|
|International Dance Music Award for Best R&B/Urban Dance Track for “Dip It Low”||Nominated|
|2006||Ozone Award for Best R&B Female||Won|
|2008||Imagen Foundation Award for Best TV Actress for Snowglobe||Won|
|2013||Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for The Voice (TV Series)||Won|