A decade ago, Christina Milian had us swaying to dance tracks like “Dip it Low” and “L.O.V.E.” Now, the actress and singer is taking back the limelight with a sophisticated wine line dubbed Viva Diva Wines and a new reality show, “Christina Milian Turned Up,” premiering on E! in January.
I was born in New Jersey and grew up in Maryland. I always knew that I wanted to be in this business; as a child I was very imaginative and creative. By the time I was 13, [my family had] moved to LA and I had a hosting job with Disney Channel. I started writing songs at 17 and then signed to Def Jam [record label] at 19.
I was at an MTV event and met Robyn Santiago, [who] was the publicist for Viva Diva Wines. She was looking for a brand ambassador and thought I was the perfect fit, [but] they wound up bringing me on with equity in the brand because I had such a passion for it. About five months ago, my mother, Robyn and I bought Viva Diva Wines and now own the entire brand.
My sister Lizzy is a chef, so I’ve learned to pair wine with everything. She recently did a dessert piece [for OK! Magazine] that had a [wine]-infused sauce poured over vanilla ice cream. It was too delicious!
[‘Turned Up’] is a docu-series that follows me and my family through the ups, the downs, our businesses and careers, as well as our lives and times spent together. [Viewers will see me] working on music, doing a charity event for my wine line, moving, traveling. It was an exciting season to shoot.
Catch “Christina Milian Turned Up” on E! beginning Jan. 18 at 9 p.m.