shot commercials for Wendy's and Honeycomb, and played the lead role in the musical Annie.
Although Milian is best known for her singing career, she originally wanted to be an actress.
Her first lead role was in the 2003 film Love Don't Cost a Thing, and she subsequently had lead roles in Be Cool and the 2006 horror film Pulse.
Jon Connor, a signed artist to Dre’s label, explained to MTV: 'The day after it came out, that the Beats and Apple thing was happening, I think me and Dre watched Neighbors, the movie with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.
At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam.
Her father had to stay in Maryland and divorced her mother soon after the move.
When Milian moved to Los Angeles, her only desire was to be an actress.
I’m Cuban but [people] didn’t get it because I was also brown-skinned... You should see my mom and her brothers and sisters... But we’re still Latinos — that doesn’t change a damn thing.
The oldest of three sisters, including Danielle and Elizabeth, she moved with her family to Waldorf, Maryland, soon after her birth.
Milian had a minor role in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and starred as the lead role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, training with former Cleveland Cavaliers dancer Kelly Wilson.
Milian has since been cast in the 2010 ABC Family Original Movie Christmas Cupid, alongside Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray.
In 2006, Milian released her third studio album So Amazin'.