Ashlee started dancing when she was 4. “I was like twirling around when my sister had a mike in her hand.” At age 11, she became the youngest person ever to be admitted to the School of American Ballet in New York. During this period in her life, she suffered from an eating disorder, but got help from her parents. By the time she reached 14, she danced on the road with her sister. “I feel so good on stage. It’s like an out-of-body experience.”
Ashlee Simpson has also appeared on “7th Heaven,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “The Ashlee Simpson Show” on MTV, among other projects.
Musically, she released three albums: “Autobiography” (which went triple-platinum), “I Am Me” and “Bittersweet World.” She was caught on “Saturday Night Live” singing over a backing track to add fullness to her voice. She said later, “I made a complete fool of myself.”
Ashlee Simpson said, “I am so proud of Jessica, but I have never listened to the kind of music that she does. We’re both doing music, but in very different ways, and it’s cool.”
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Ashlee was nominated for the 2006 Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress for her performance in the film “Undiscovered.” That same year she underwent plastic surgery for her nose.
A bit of trivia: Ashlee Simpson is a distant relative of Al Gore. She also likes knitting. “Knitting is so relaxing. Sometimes there are holes in my scarves, but they’re supposed to be different. They’re authentic!”
When it comes to dating, she said, “I never worry about looking cool in front of a guy. I have never been a self-conscious girl. Goofing around is part of being comfortable with yourself. I’ve always been good at meeting new people. I just say ‘Hi, how are you doing?’ and soon we’ll end up laughing about something.”
Ashlee admitted to drinking a lot of Red Bull. “I can’t live without it. I drink three or four every day.”
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She has a child, Bronx Mowgli Wentz, from her marriage to Pete Wentz. She and Pete were married from 2008 to 2011.
Ashlee Simpson lives in Los Angeles.