Minnie Driver On Music, Acting, and Her New Album “Ask Me to Dance”

It’s not always “About a Boy” for Minnie Driver. As a matter of fact, acting was not her first choice of career – it was singing.

Admitting to Scott Shannon on the Big Show #StarPhone this morning that she was a dinner jazz singer since the age of 17, the Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated actress fell into the pit of acting when she was offered a movie gig for $4,000.

But the catch? Gain 35 pounds. And for the young Minnie Driver, it was no problem.

Minnie Driver on the STAR PHONE

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“When you’re 22 and broke, sure! I would’ve done it for two grand,” Minnie told Scott and Patty.

Eventually, she found her way back to make records. “It just took a little while,” she says.

Releasing her debut album “Everything I’ve Got in My Pocket” in 2004, and her second album “Seastories” in 2007, both albums respectively landed a spot on Billboard’s “Top Heatseekers” chart during their year. Collaborating with Liz Phair, Ryan Adams, and Neal Casal for “Seastories,” the album was given the 25th spot on the chart while her debut album placed 45th.

With the current release of her third album, “Ask Me to Dance,” Minnie covers personal favorites from Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, The Cure, and Elton John.

The tracklist includes:

“Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra
“Master Blaster (Jammin)” by Stevie Wonder
“Love Song” by Elton John
“Close To Me” by The Cure
“Tell Me Why” by Neil Young
Waltz #2″ by Elliott Smith
“Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness” by John Prine
“Better Be Home Soon” by Neil Finn
“Human” by The Killers

“Ask Me to Dance” is out now in stores and up for download on iTunes!

To catch Minnie Driver on television, tune into NBC on Tuesdays as she plays Fiona on “About A Boy.”

–Allyza Umali & Joe Cingrana/WCBS-FM

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