Jordin Sparks on Stress, Acting with Nicholas Cage, Idol’s JLo, Keith Urban & Harry Connick, Jr., New Music

When Jordin Sparks was just 17, she won season six of American Idol and rose to instant fame and success. The stresses that come along with the industry sparked the Grammy-nominated singer’s first migraine: “Trying to navigate through all the stresses that came with that was very crazy, and I suffered my first migraine.”

Stress is a trigger for many migraine sufferers. For Sparks, “stress comes in a whole bunch of different packages and comes from different places and people and things.” One can only assume that her very public breakup from Jason Derulo would be a major source of stress for the 24-year-old songbird. Just some of the breakup rumors include: infidelity, an unplanned pregnancy, and pressure to propose, to name a few. Thankfully, Sparks has discovered Excedrin Migraine as a great source of relief for her stress-induced migraines. Go to to read more about how Sparks has been able to find migraine relief as well as stories from other migraine sufferers.

Headaches and breakups aside, Sparks appears to be in very good spirits, laughing and showing off her megawatt smile throughout our sit-down. And she has lots of things going on in her life besides a breakup. For starters, she’s starring in a movie alongside Nicolas Cage.

“It’s still surreal… I had this moment of like, This is happening. I’m actually in a movie with Nicolas Cage.” Sparks is talking about the apocalyptic thriller Left Behind, in theaters now. She read all the books growing up and is thrilled to be in the film. “It’s a very interesting movie to a part of… I was very happy to be a part of that.” Perhaps this is the beginning of a burgeoning new movie career for the singer.

We may be seeing more of the American Idol vet on the small screen, returning to her roots at Idol in some form in the future. She said she would love to come on the show as a mentor. When asked if she would ever consider being a judge, she seemed reluctant: “You know I don’t know if I could be. Well… If you would have asked me that a couple years ago, I probably would have said no… Now that it’s been about eight years… I feel like I could.”

She does have an opinion about current judges JLo, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. Although she is a “huge fan of all of them individually,” she told us, “I do have an allegiance to the original judges.” Who doesn’t miss the original three – Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson?

Sparks is currently in the studio working on her new album and told “It’s coming a lot sooner than you think.” The platinum-selling artist told us to expect her third album to drop before the end of 2014. It’s been five years since she’s put out any new music and Sparks said her new sound is “very different,” and you can expect it to not really sound like her old stuff at all. “I’ve grown a lot. I’ve experienced a lot. I feel like I’m coming into my womanhood and stepping into that, so… I can relate to different things now.” She certainly has been through a lot recently and all that life experience and emotion will undoubtedly come through in her songs. She told us to “expect the unexpected.”

Click here to view showtimes and purchase tickets to Sparks’ new film Left Behind.