Jordin Sparks Covers REDBOOK September 2012

Posted Wednesday August 8, 2012 9:12 AM GMT

With her new movie "Sparkle" set to hit theaters on August 17th, Jordin Sparks garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the September 2012 issue of REDBOOK magazine.

The 22-year-old singer/actress looked picture perfect on the Giles Bensimon shot front page while dishing about everything from her upcoming Whitney Houston-starring motion picture to musician boyfriend Jason Derulo.

Highlights from Miss Sparks' interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to REDBOOK!

On how Whitney Houston's death puts Sparkle in a new light:
"I get so overwhelmed because it's my first film, and for my first film to be so deep and heavy...I got to work with one of my idols and sing with her, and she even played my mother. I don't know if anything will ever be as good as this. Sometimes I ask myself, 'Why did I deserve to have a part in a film like this?' I don’t want this to come off crazy, but somebody said to me, 'It's like Whitney essentially passed the torch.' And to hear that, it's just nuts."

On her recent weight loss:
"My whole journey has been about self-acceptance. There's no quick or magical way to lose weight. You just have to do it the natural way — diet and exercise and stick to it — and be able to do it at your own pace. Everyone has their own thing."

On finding love with fellow musician Jason Derulo:
"We both went through things that were tragic, and that brought us even closer together. He had a near-death experience, and I lost someone. Priorities get in line when stuff like that happens. Family is what matters — and being with the people you love."

On why Hollywood's party scene isn't for her:
"Oh, I'm waaay too scared to dabble in anything like that. I like the way my heart beats, I like the way I think; I don't need or want anything to change that. The first thing I think of is, 'What would my grandparents say?' My mom and dad would kick my butt."

Photo Credit: Giles Bensimon for REDBOOK