A Minute With: The softer side of Sharon Osbourne

Wed May 9, 2012 8:09am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sharon Osbourne made a name for herself as the tough, plain-speaking manager who revived the career of her rocker husband Ozzy, and put the crazy life of her family on view in reality series "The Osbournes."

Now the British celebrity, a judge on "America's Got Talent" and member of morning female chat show "The Talk", has taken on a rare character role, lending her voice to four episodes of the pre-school Disney Junior series "Jake and the Neverland Pirates," starting on Saturday.

Osbourne, 59, talked with Reuters about playing Mama Hook, her views on motherhood and becoming a grandmother for the first time.

Q: We don't normally associate you with the Disney pre-school set. What kind of mom is your "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" character Mama Hook?

A: "She reminds me of myself. She is very strong, she wants her son to be honest and reliable and she gives him very good standards and priorities. He does naughty things and when he does naughty things she is there to tell him the way it should be done, especially when he is stealing treasures. She is there to put him back on the right road."

Q: You have made your name by being yourself rather than acting. How did this part come along?

A: "Somebody at Disney thought I would be right for it. They have English accents (like me). I loved it! It's nice to do a project that is nice. I get a kick out of it that it is little five-year boys that absolutely love this show, and I think it is adorable."

Q: You have a reputation for being controversial, and as being a tigress when it comes to protecting your own family.   Continued...

Sharon Osbourne, one of the judges on "America's Got Talent", takes part in a panel discussion at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day 2012 introducing new television shows for the summer season in Pasadena, California April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser