“American Idol” Season 7 finalist Brooke White is trying her hand at a new artistic endeavor — acting. The songstress stars in the FOX made-for-TV movie “Change of Plans,” also starring Joe Flanigan and Phylicia Rashad. White plays Sally Danville, a performer who is suddenly thrust into raising four children with her husband Jason (Flanigan).
The title of the movie is “actually quite perfect” as a parallel for this new turn Brooke’s career has taken, the blonde singer says.
“It was not something I was anticipating. I wasn’t sure if acting was something I wanted to do, I wasn’t out auditioning or anything like that,” says White. “My first day on set I was hyperventilating a little bit. [laughs]. But after a week of shooting I completely fell in love with it.”
Even though the movie is Brooke’s first foray into acting, she didn’t have much time to prepare, which she thinks may have been all for the best.
“Literally when I found out I got the part, I was shipped off to Toronto within two days. There was very little time to think or prepare, which was probably in my best interest,” White laughs. “The hardest part about acting was probably my 4:30 a.m. wake-up call every day. There were certain technical aspects I wasn’t super-savvy to, but it felt very natural. I thought it was more fun than hard.”
It also wasn’t much of a stretch for White, as she plays a singer-songwriter in the movie. She also tells us she co-wrote the songs she performs for the movie and the soundtrack, produced by her “Idol” pal Randy Jackson (who also cameos as himself).
“Change of Plans” airs Saturday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX as part of the “Family Movie Night” series.