by Brittany Geragotelis
With a famous dad like Jamie Foxx, Corinne Foxx has learned a thing or two about growing up Hollywood—and FYI, it doesn’t involve crazy parties, temper tantrums or maseratis.
It’s a Sunday night in June and I’ve just wandered into the Foxx residence, a lavish mansion outside of L.A., with a sick view, expensive cars parked out front and a swanky pool in the back. A man the size of a linebacker shows me into the living room, where Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx is surrounded by half a dozen people, laying down tracks for his upcoming album. At the center of it all is his 17-year-old daughter, Corinne, who’s clutching headphones to her ears and recording the hook for what could one day be her father’s next big hit.
Jamie stops the teen every once in a while to joke with her and give her pointers but otherwise sits there enjoying the father/daughter bonding time. It’s clear after spending just a few minutes with the actor that he’s completely enamored with his daughter. And why wouldn’t he be? Corinne Foxx is gorgeous, multi-talented, super-smart and well-spoken.
But don’t think all the fame and privilege of growing up the kid of a Hollywood legend has gone to her head. In fact, her parents’ wish is for Corinne to have a normal high school experience, something they claim cheerleading helps her with. “Corinne and her friends live an interesting life—being somewhat a part of Hollywood—and sometimes they miss out on the normal things,” says Jamie. “So, when she said she was going to be a cheerleader, I was like, ‘Wow! That’s great!’ When she shares moments at games with her teammates, those are the things that she’ll take with her to the grave; she’ll be able to call up her friend and say, ‘Man, remember that night?’ And kids in Hollywood sometimes miss that regular, cool stuff.”
That’s why after their jam session together, Corinne will most likely go home to her mom’s house or hang out with her friends rather than head to a star-studded party. And sure, over the years she’s become a regular date for Jamie at award shows and is no stranger to posing on the red carpet, but she’s most at home when taking pics with her teammates on the sidelines at Sierra Canyon HS football games. “I think people would be surprised to find out how normal I am,” says Corinne. “I don’t get Maseratis and stuff like that. I’m the girl who needs gas money! I don’t think people realize how average and normal my life is.”
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To those who know Corinne, it was no surprise when she decided to become a cheerleader in 2010 after her school created a squad for the first time in its history. Before joining, she’d participated in many other sports offered, but had always been drawn to the spirit leaders. “Cheerleading is the only sport I’ve been passionate about,” Corinne says. “My personality is definitely that of a cheerleader.”
Dave Kirschner, Sierra Canyon’s cheer coach and owner of The Spirit Consultants, agrees that Corinne is the ultimate cheerleader. From the day he first met the teen, he says it was apparent that she’d be an incredible asset to the team. “I was extremely impressed with Corinne,” says Coach Kirschner. “She’s a leader and commands the attention and respect of her teammates. And she has an incredible amount of school spirit.”
Another aspect that initially drew Corinne to cheer was her background in dance and gymnastics, even choreographing performances for her team on occasion. But ultimately, it’s the camaraderie she gets from being a part of a squad that makes this the sport for her. “Being able to work with girls on this team and creating friendships is the best part of being a cheerleader,” says Corinne. “I love being a source of spirit for my school.”
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Corinne may be a normal kid in most aspects of her life, but having Jamie Foxx as a dad has certainly afforded her opportunities that the rest of us don’t get. One of which is getting an inside look at the music industry, a world that she’s definitely got some interest in. The Foxx estate includes a recording studio, a separate structure in the back of the house complete with soundproof walls, a soundbooth, a keyboard and recording equipment. It’s here, among the singer’s mounted platinum albums, that Corinne’s learning everything there is to know about the music industry—all from a guy who has experience with it firsthand.
“My dad’s kind of explained to me what the bad side of the industry is like, so I’m not really sure if that’s the path I’d like to go down; working behind the scenes would definitely be interesting to me,” says Corinne. “Music is at the center of my universe. I wake up to music, I go to bed listening to music, and if I’m not listening to it, I’m singing it.”
And good thing, too, because it appears this 17-year-old has quite an ear for music; she’s been known to give Jamie advice on his songs, which has had an impact on his own career. “I’m so happy my dad takes my opinions seriously and that they’ve affected him positively,” she says. “He’ll show me his music and ideas for shows and I’ll tell him straight up if I think it’s cool or not. I want to see him do his best, so I always give him my honest opinion.”
So, who are some of her favorite singers on the scene today? Well, she’s a big fan of Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Adele, Drake, Lil’ Wayne and, like most girls her age, Justin Bieber. “Oh my God, Justin Bieber,” she gushes. “I totally have Bieber fever.”
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Though she’s also interested in trying her hand at acting one day, she’s not looking for it to turn into a career. In fact, when it comes to her future aspirations, Corinne is much more interested in writing. “I want to do my own thing,” Corinne says. “Maybe work at a magazine, write a novel or screenplay or something. I love being creative.” Already an avid writer of short stories, this high school senior plans to major in journalism in college, which she hopes will be at the University of Southern California.
As for her future in cheer, right now she’s just trying to enjoy her last year as a Sierra Canyon Wildcat, but would love to take her poms to the university level. “My dream is to be a college cheerleader, but I’m not sure I have the tumbling skills to make it,” she says. “I would continue to cheer forever if I could.”
Corinne’s Hot List:
• Food: Pepperoni pizza
• TV Show: “16 and Pregnant” and “90210”
• Actor: “Jamie Foxx! Ha ha…or Shia LaBeouf.”
• Actress: Mila Kunis
• Singer: Taylor Swift
• Color: Turquoise
• Clothing Brand: Alice & Olivia
• If she had a reality show it would be called “Corinne’s Super-Average, Normal, Boring Life.”
• Her nickname is Rinnie
• She never hits the red carpet without really high heels. Preferably red.
• The best advice she ever got from her dad was: “Don’t let anyone take your joy from you.”
• Jamie showed up to a squad dinner at a chain restaurant after a home game last year to support Corinne. “The whole squad was ordering burgers and fries and in walks Jamie. While the patrons were freaking out and asking for photos, Corinne was sitting with her teammates, turning red and saying, ‘Dad, sit down!’” says Coach David Kirschner.
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Corinne is an avid supporter of anti-bullying campaigns. “Bullying is a serious problem today,” says Corinne. “Kids are really hurting out there and sometimes they take their hurt to extremes. I was bullied last year by a mean girl and had never experienced anything like that before. It was a huge shock and, at times, I felt helpless. But after standing up to my bully, I felt so empowered and wanted to help others kids learn to stand up for themselves too.”
You can help join the fight against bullying by entering to win an autographed pair of headphones that Corinne wore in her shoot on Ebay here! All proceeds will go toward Corinne’s favorite charity, Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Association.
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credits: photos by renata raksha; hair by kristin heitkotter; makeup by michelle mungcal; styled by morgan mcmurrin
clothing credits: FOX OUTFIT: T-shirt from Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com), skirt, bracelets, necklace and ring from Forever 21 (forever21.com), tights from Claire’s (claires.com); PINK, BLACK & WHITE DRESS: dress and feather earrings from Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com), skirt, necklaces, bracelets and rings from Forever 21 (forever21.com); BLAZER OUTFIT: Blazer from H&M (hm.com), dress from Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com), necklaces and bracelets from Forever 21 (forever21.com), earrings from Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com), ring Corinne’s own]; JAMIE PHOTO: White top from H&M (hm.com), teal top, tights, headband and bangles by Target (target.com), shorts and bangles by Forever 21 (forever21.com); Jamie’s clothes are his own.