Jamie Foxx is already an accomplished actor, singer and comedian and now the triple threat star has added author to his resume. Foxx announced his new book, ‘Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me,’ inspired by his relationship with his daughters, Corinne and Anelise.
In ‘Act Like You Got Some Sense‘ – a title inspired by his beloved grandmother – Jamie reveals his rocky parenting journey through priceless stories about the tough love and old-school values he learned growing up in the small town of Terrell, Texas; his early days trying to make it in Hollywood; and life after achieving stardom.
The book is slated to be released on October 19, 2021. Pre-order your copy here!
Entertainment Weekly shared an excerpt from the forthcoming release. You can read a preview of Jamie Foxx’s new book ‘Act Like You Got Some Sense‘ below:
My grandparents told me they wanted me to have every tool in my toolbox – the educational tool, the artistic tool, the discipline tool, the moral tool. My grandmother wanted me to be worldly enough that I would be able to connect with any person in any room I walked into. She also wanted me to have a strong moral compass, because she knew when I moved away from Terrell and got out in the world, there would be many temptations and times when I needed to be able to say “No.”
Estelle Talley was the most influential figure in turning little nappy-headed Eric Bishop into the man I eventually became.
When Granny passed away on October 23, 2004, just four months before I won the Oscar for Ray, it was the close of an incredible American story. She got to see me rise to the highest heights. And she knew it all came about because of the hours and the toil she put in. That’s what every parent wants to see – our children soar.
When I won the Academy Award, I paid tribute to her in my acceptance speech.
“She was my first acting teacher,” I said from the stage. “She told me ‘Stand up straight, put your shoulders back, act like you got some sense.’…She still talks to me, only now she talks to me in my dreams.”
She didn’t see me hold that statue in my hand, but she always knew I was destined for greatness. Even when I didn’t know it myself.
There’s not really a neat way to wrap up who Granny was as a person. You just needed to know her. I’m lucky I did, and many of these stories play in my head like sitcom reruns, reminding me of where I learned about toughness and discipline and love.
When I am deep in the weeds, trying to figure out how to parent my daughters, it is the voice of my grandmother I hear in my head, encouraging me, and of course yelling at me when I’m messing up as a parent. Thanks to her, I knew that it wasn’t about always being your kids’ best friend but being a parent. Even when it means you gotta be tough with them. Sometimes you gotta be tough because you love them. Just like she always loved me.