Sparks says in the latest issue of Redbook, “I get so overwhelmed because it’s my first film, and for my first film to be so deep and heavy…I got to work with one of my idols and sing with her, and she even played my mother. I don’t know if anything will ever be as good as this. Sometimes I ask myself, ‘Why did I deserve to have a part in a film like this?’ I don’t want this to come off crazy, but somebody said to me, ‘It’s like Whitney essentially passed the torch.’ And to hear that, it’s just nuts.”
There’s little concern, however, that Sparks will become disenchanted with her path in a way that could lead her to following Houston’s troubles. “Oh, I’m waaay too scared to dabble in anything like that,” she said. “I like the way my heart beats, I like the way I think; I don’t need or want anything to change that. The first thing I think of is, ‘What would my grandparents say?’ My mom and dad would kick my butt.”
There’s little doubt that Whitney would be very proud to hear that.