Success in the Family Way
January 26, 2005
This has certainly been Jamie Foxx's year. He's up
for two Academy Awards, won a Golden Globe and has won
the critical acclaim of audiences and his peers. The
day after the Oscar nominations were announced, "Extra's"
Jon Kelley sat down with the star and discovered the
very personal side of Jamie's success.
Jon Kelley: When the call first came in, give me the
rush that went through your body.
Jamie Foxx: The rush was that we got two nominations,
"Collateral" and Ray Charles; we're just floating
JK: Who's the first person you shared the nominations
JF: Ah man, my sister. My sister and I are so close.
We both thought how we can use this leverage and this
energy to bring our family closer.
JK: For the people that don't know, what was the situation
with your biological mother?
JF: My biological mother, she didn't raise me, and she's
been in a little bit of a funk, as far as maybe not
feeling like she can open up to me because she didn't
raise me. For her sake, we want to reach out, and make
sure she can be a part of this, because she's very cantankerous.
She's very stubborn and a December 31st Capricorn, and
"No, I'm not coming out there to Los Angeles."
Jamie was raised by his grandmother, who supported him
even during his wilder days on "In Living Color."
JF: I was 22, 23, now I'm 37. I saw everything. I hung
out Mike Tyson when he was wearing $15,000 jackets.
I've seen everything Hollywood could possibly do to
JK: With that in mind, did you have any mentors? Who
helped set you straight?
JF: When I was young and watching Denzel [Washington],
and said, "What's with all the suits and the statues."
He sat down and he told me what it's about. He said,
"This is what it's about, young black men. It's
about feeling respected, feeling that you're necessary."
And that was a positive influence on me.
JK: Have you talked to Will (Smith) or Tom Cruise?
JF: Tom Cruise already left me a message, and I talked
to Will, he wants to throw a nice get together. To have
all of the different people call that are your peers,
and people you've looked up to: Morgan Freeman, or Lou
Gossett Junior. Lou Gossett Jr! Or Clint Eastwood --
you're sitting next to Clint Eastwood, the man. It's
a beautiful thing.
Speaking of beautiful things, how does Jamie plan to
celebrate if Oscar night goes his way?
JF: I'd split that trophy a million ways, man, and give
it to everybody.
Good luck, Jamie, we'll be pulling for you!