'Big Break' From Dating for New Mom Christina Milian
By Stacy Jenel Smith Posted Nov 30th 2010 09:40PM
"It was called 'Elope,' but I'm going to have to change it. That was my life in 2009. I have a new attitude now. I'm a whole new girl -- a new woman," she tells PopEater. "I'll probably use a little bit of my material from before, because I still do love some of the songs. Some got leaked onto the Internet. But a good majority will be different."
Milian sounds happy and strong as we speak. Maybe it has something to do with the fact she likes talking about her ABC Family movie 'Christmas Cupid,' airing Dec. 12. More likely, it has to do with the fact that Violet is sitting on her lap cooing part of the time. Motherhood seems to agree with her.
"She comes with me everywhere, ever since she was born," Milian declares. "She was on the set every day while we were making the movie. She was actually pretty incredible. My mom came with me, and my assistant and friend, Lauren, and they'd take care of Violet when I would go do scenes. I was breast feeding her between shots, during lunch and after work. Everybody loved having her around. She's the happiest baby. If I don't bring her to a meeting, people are like, 'Where's Violet?'
"I'm juggling the two together -- my work life and being a mom," she adds. "Some people think you have to stop doing your dream when you have a child. I think you can do both. It's a great balancing act."
'Christmas Cupid' turned out to be "such a relieving thing for me at this time in my life. It was such a fun distraction," Milian admits. "It helped me get back to being motivated, helped me feel that passion and love for what I do again."
On top of that, being around her castmates -- including Chad Michael Murray, Ashley Benson and Jackee -- in the holiday comedy buoyed her spirits. Benson and Milian "are like best friends now. We were in practically every scene together," she says. "It almost felt like a -- I don't know if 'safe haven' is the right way to put it, but it felt good to be there. I felt I was not only doing the movie for myself, but for my daughter as well, which feels even better. And this is a type of character I never got to play prior."
Her character is a selfish, success-obsessed celebrity publicist named Sloane. Benson plays her hot mess movie starlet client, who chokes to death on a martini olive and comes back as a ghost to warn her to change her ways. Unlike Scrooge's Jacob Marley, Benson sticks around to take Sloane on a guided tour of her boyfriends past, present and future. They're all pretty great-looking -- which Milian says with a laugh made her job all the easier.
"So many guys she's with. Oh my gosh, all these guys. I didn't think about it 'til it hit me when I was about to start shooting. She kind of has a lot of boyfriends in this movie."
In her real life, however, there is no boyfriend for Milian for the time being, and that is the way she wants it.
"I'm not interested. It's understandable. I want to protect my daughter; everything in my daughter's interests now. I need a break from dating. I need a really big break. When I got into a relationship, I always think long term. I always think forever. And I'm not really ready for that," she admits. "I'm enjoying her so much that I don't have time for anything else when I'm not working."
Ahead for Christina is the launch of her eyewear line and focusing on getting her new album finished. She expects to be back in the studio this week, in fact.
And, of course, there's also Christmas. "I'm going to be with my sisters and my mom, and my little nephew who is three years old. It will be Violet's first Christmas, and we'll have so much fun."
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