Jamie Foxx chats with omg!. (WireImage)It’s one of the biggest honors in show business — an Academy Award. But rather than show off the 2005 Oscar he won for his lead role in “Ray,” Jamie Foxx makes sure his statue lives in another house completely. Same goes for the Grammy he garnered in 2010 for his tune “Blame It,” a collaboration with rapper T-Pain.
“Awards are great, but if you just rest on your awards, then I think you’re selling yourself short,” Foxx tells omg! from Yahoo!. “It’s like sometimes when people win Oscars, you never hear from them again because they say, ‘OK. I’ve reached the mountaintop.’ But you’ve got another whole 30 or 40 years of your career to go, or at least your life to go. I never kept a Grammy at my house, never kept an Oscar at my house. They’re at my manager’s house, because I said I don’t want to get caught up in that.”
Even the possibility of getting caught up in Oscar-winning never dawned on the Texas native who worked as a piano player as a teenager and then moved to Los Angeles in the mid 1980s to become, he says, “the next Lionel Richie.” Ironically, his default foray into comedy and, subsequently, acting began as a way to save a little money.
“I first got to L.A. in 1986 and in order for you to make a demo at that time, you almost had to … spend the amount of money that they make albums for now and so it just really wasn’t conducive to a person who is living in a hotel on Hollywood Boulevard,” he recalls.