You probably best remember Brooke White as the lovable and talented folk-pop singer-songwriter from American Idol season seven, winning you over every week with performances like “Let It Be” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” White is making her acting debut in the movie Change of Plans, which is apart of FOX’s Family Movie Night, airing this Saturday at 8 p.m.
White plays Sally Danville, a singer-songwriter married to fighter-pilot, Jason (Joe Flanigan). She learns that her best friend from college died while serving in the Peace Corps; on top of that, Sally also learns that she has been named the legal guardian of her friend’s four kids, three of whom were adopted from third-world countries. Sally and Jason have to adapt quickly into parenting, learning how a change of plans sometimes becomes something better than they could have imagined for their lives.
Earlier this week during a conference call, White and the movie’s soundtrack producer, American Idol judge Randy Jackson, discussed Change of Plans, the lack of hit songs coming from the Idol winners and former contestants, and what’s in store for the tenth season of American Idol.
White explained that she had not set out to do any acting in her post-Idol career, and the opportunity for the movie came out of nowhere. She said that she was “shipped off to Toronto” for filming within a couple days after being cast in Change of Plans. She was initially nervous on set, but was soon bit by the acting bug. The hardest part of her new gig? The wake-up calls.
“What can I say was the hardest part about acting? Probably my 4:30 a.m. pick up every day. That was probably the hardest part. I have to say, there were certain technical aspects I wasn’t super savvy to, but other than that it felt super natural just to get in,” she said.
“I think I was concerned [about memorizing lines]. I’ve been known to forget lyrics here or there. I was worried I would forget a line or two. But really, it wasn’t a big deal, you get in there, memorizing the dialogue isn’t a big deal when you get there. I thought it was more fun, than hard.”
White mentioned that she had just watched Change of Plans a couple days ago, and experienced what she called the “answering machine syndrome,” while listening to herself talk during the movie.
“I kind of had the answering machine syndrome, when you hear your voice back [wondering] I don’t sound like that, do I? Please don’t tell me that I sound like that,”
Along with Joe Flanigan and Randy Jackson, White got to work with Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) on the movie.
“She’s like a queen. She’s regal and so refined. Obviously, legendary. But, she couldn’t have been more warm. She would sit me down and just talk to me about the business. She’s not just an actress, you know, she’s a real performer on many levels. I really connected with her. And, she’s hilarious. She’s got a great sense of humor. I can’t believe on my fist acting gig got to work with Phylicia Rashad,” White said of her co-star.
Record producer and American Idol judge, Jackson produced the “very cool soundtrack” to Change of Plans. The soundtrack features White, who co-wrote and sings three of the songs, another Idol season seven alumni, Michael Johns (who co-wrote a song with White), and The Canyons.
This isn’t the first time the White and Jackson have teamed up on a project together. They worked together on White’s post-Idol debut album, High Hopes and Heartbreak.