New interviews on the “Sparkle” DVD reveal Whitney Houston’s love for her young co-stars and dedication to the project she starred in and produced.

Whitney Houston Felt Like Mother to 'Sparkle' Co-Stars
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“They are the three most warm and loving and supportive young women that I’ve come across in a long time,” Houston said of Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter. “I have really come to be like their mother in a sense. I’m so proud of them, I don’t know what to do.”

Whitney plays onscreen stage mom Emma Anderson in the film, who she describes as “religious” and “churchgoing,” but Emma “evolves” as the film goes on.

Houston explains, “She wants them to stay her little girls, but of course they grow up, so trying to keep her girls grounded and not let the influences of what is happening with the music and the dances and stuff overwhelm her family is her most important mission.”

Watch the clip at EW.com or pick up the DVD November 30.

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