Actress and model Corinne Foxx looks back fondly on her college experience.
The 2016 USC grad remembers studying public relations and marketing, being the social chair for her sorority, industry internships, and semester abroad in London.
Now Foxx — who has a recurring role in “Dollface” on Hulu, a podcast called “Am I Doing This Right?”, and co-hosts “Beat Shazam” on Fox with her father, actor Jamie Foxx — reflects on her father-daughter relationship, her college experiences, and shares advice for college students.
What was it like growing up as Jamie Foxx’s daughter?
I always felt like I lived kind of this double life, like Hannah Montana, where by day I just went to school and I went to my job and I did chores. Then at night, I got to go to very cool events with my dad. I got to be Miss Golden Globe. I went to the Oscars when he won his Oscar, when I was 10. There were really incredible moments and experiences and people that I got to meet, but I feel like overall I had as normal of life as I could have, given the circumstances.
What’s it like to work with your father now?
It’s so fulfilling.The two of us, we creatively really connect and understand each other and get along.
What’s your advice for college students?
I think college is this pivotal time in your life where you push yourself in the confines of structure. You get to leave home, you get to meet new people, but you still have that structure. You have to go to class and you have to turn things in and so I feel like it’s this perfect playground that’s safe for you to experiment and grow and try different things.
Tell me about your work as an ambassador for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
My senior year of college, I had some of the worst anxiety and panic attacks of my entire life, because of the pressure to figure out what I was going to do and who I was going to be. Four years were ending and I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my life and I took that time to start finding tools to cope with my mental health and mental illness. I learned to meditate my senior year of college, which to this day — I always say — is the thing that saved me.