Let It Shine actress Coco Jones, who will be seen in the upcoming Netflix film Vampires vs. The Bronx, has released a video explaining why it appeared that her career stalled, despite being a Disney television and music star.
During a YouTube livestream Saturday, Jones spoke about her time within the Disney infrastructure, which began with her role in the Disney channel musical and progressed to a role on the Disney Channel series Good Luck Charlie.
“After Let It Shine, there was supposed to be a Let It Shine 2, point blank and period,” she said. “The writer wrote it…whoever didn’t want to do it, it didn’t go. I don’t know who it was who didn’t want to be a part of it. But it was done.”
She also revealed she was supposed to have a TV show, presumably with the network. “I thought I was supposed to be the next Raven [Symone]. In my mind, that’s what I was thinking,” she said. “…I can even recall being a room looking around at the heads of all of this. I was like, ‘Oh, it’s a wrap.'” However, the TV show idea also fell through.
“But what I think was the most traumatic thing for me is that if I can just let them see my talent, and then they’ll believe in me,” she continued. “But then they would really hear me sing, hear me act, see me dance, and I’m going hard in the paint–I want it–but because somebody else looks a little more marketable, it doesn’t matter baby girl. So that’s traumatizing as a little kid. You don’t know how to cope. You’re looking at yourself like, ‘What did I do?’ I’m asking my mom, ‘What did I do?’ It was just a lot of gassing me. I didn’t know what was true. I didn’t know what was real.”
You can watch the full video below.
Photo: Coco Jones/YouTube