Corinne Foxx is opening up about what it’s like to be in the same industry as her father, Jamie Foxx.
via: Page Six
When Corinne Foxx started modeling at age 19, she received a call from a friend of her father who wanted to impart some wisdom. Of course, since her dad is Oscar and Grammy winner Jamie Foxx, it wasn’t just any friend.
“My dad had Channing Tatum call me,” Corinne — who is starring in the new Disney+ movie “Safety” — told The Post. “[Tatum] said, ‘Do not let them take your worth away from you. I want you to be careful because they can really tear you down in that industry.’?”
That pep talk, as well as ones from her dad, sharpened Corinne’s confidence. But it didn’t make her want to go into show business.
Yes, the Los Angeles native (who is very private about her mother, Connie) grew up on the red carpet: Besides being her father’s adorable plus-one at premieres, she was Miss Golden Globe in 2016. She has also modeled for brands like Yeezy, Dolce & Gabbana and Ralph Lauren. But her route to Tinseltown came with a detour.
“Acting was something I always wanted to do, but I felt like it was expected of me,” Corinne, 26, said. “And you never want to do what people expect you to do.”
So she graduated from USC with a public-relations degree in 2016 and moved to the Big Apple, settling in the East Village, where she lived out her own personal “Sex and the City” fantasy.
“I got a job in advertising and I was like, ‘See ya later! I am not doing anything in the film industry,’?” Corinne recalled. “But then I was sitting at my desk, looking out the window, and I thought, ‘Man, am I really not going to pursue my dream just because people expect it from me?’?” After a year, she moved back to LA and enrolled in acting classes.
“I think it had to be my own journey to get there as opposed to people telling me what I should do,” said Corinne, who had a role in last year’s “47 Meters Down: Uncaged,” a deep-sea thriller. “I didn’t want to feel like I was following in [Jamie’s] shadow.”
She is now starring in the new feel-good movie “Safety.” The drama is based on the true story of Clemson football player Ray McElrathbey, who, in the mid-aughts, secretly took in his little brother after his mother went to drug rehab — all while playing Division 1 college football. Corinne plays McElrathbey’s love interest, a sports reporter.
For the role, she mined her own experience at USC, where she “was super into the sports culture there.” But she swapped out her Trojans cap for Clemson Tigers gear.“I remember seeing Ray on Oprah [in 2007]. It’s crazy that years later, I was able to help tell his story about the sacrifice he made and the dedication to his brother,” said Corinne.
The family bond is something Corinne takes seriously. She was the DJ on her father’s music game show “Beat Shazam.” And the daddy-daughter duo is filming “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me,” a Netflix show based on their relationship.
“My dad is one of the funniest people alive,” Corinne said. “But growing up as his daughter, it can sometimes be embarrassing.”
For example, he’d scare away boyfriends by knocking on their doors, and “he wears clothing that is too young for him. As a teenager, I was rolling my eyes like, ‘Dad, do you have to wear such tight pants?’?”
“Dad Stop Embarrassing Me” also stars David Alan Grier, her father’s old “In Living Color” castmate, who plays a weed-smoking grandpa.
“During ‘In Living Color,’ I was not born yet, so for me to see their magic in real life, it’s something special,” said Corinne.And she has added a new line to her résumé, as an executive producer on the show.
“In a way, I am my dad’s boss and his equal, and he really encourages me to use my voice. He called me the other day and said, ‘Oh Corinne, we are going to be the next power producers. I was like, ‘OK, Dad.’ But he’s a pleasure to work with,” Corinne said.
Meanwhile, she’s working on her own projects, too. In 2017 she started Foxxtales, which began as a lifestyle site and marketplace for women-owned businesses and has morphed into a production company. During the pandemic, Corinne, who has been dating USC classmate Joseph Hooten for two years, started the podcast “Am I Doing This Right,” wrote a script and took the LSATs, “just for kicks.”
“I’m very goal-oriented,” said Corinne, who would eventually like to run for office or work in public service. Right now, she’s laser-focused on seizing her Hollywood moment:
“I feel like this is my time. I really need to keep grinding right now.”
Congrats to Corinne on her movie, she definitely seems like she has a good head on her shoulders.