7 Singers Turned Actors: Who Was a Natural On-Screen and Who Was a Hot Mess?

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Janet Jackson

J.J. got a head start flexing her acting chops on “Good Times” as Penny Woods. A sneak peek at the acting playbook served her well since she helped carry “Poetic Justice,” held her own against Eddie Murphy in the Nutty Professor sequel, and led an all-star cast in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and For Colored Girls. Despite what you think of her acting chops, Miss Jackson has always been ready for her close up.


Stephanie Guerilus is a journalist and author. She can be reached at @qsteph.

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