Singer Janet Jackson wanted to be an actress

Washington: Janet Jackson will finally realize her childhood dream of becoming an actor with her challenging role in Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls,” a film which dramatically tackles issues that affect African American women.

The 44-year-old music mastermind, who first earned fame for her voice at the age of nine, feels like she is returning to her childhood dream.

“Acting is something I’ve wanted to do as a career before music, this is what I really wanted to do but my father wanted me to sing so I said ‘okay, I’ll sing,’” Fox News quoted Jackson as telling Pop Tarts on Monday.

“So I’m just living out my childhood dreams now in my life… I want to do more films, creating and developing, and focus on my personal life. There’s a lot I want to do,” she said.

And despite living in the public eye for so long, it has only been in recent times that Jackson has had the strength to take off the mask.

“I was the person that would hold up the wall, to her hide her true feelings, that engulfed herself in her work to suppress herself true feelings, that’s what I used to do,” she said.

“I was always the kind of kid and adult that held everything inside. I didn’t care what I was going through, I held it all inside and internalized it. So the minute I opened up and spoke about it that’s when my life began to change,” she added.