Mariah Carey says she'll always be a diva, but "I don't mean that in the bad sense of the word"

By Char Adams
Updated October 30, 2015 09:10 AM
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Once a diva, always a diva!

Mariah Carey is directing and starring in the new Hallmark Channel movie, A Christmas Melody, airing in December. And while she may be working behind the camera, the singer reveals she’ll never stop her famously glamorous ways.

“I’m still always going to be a diva in certain ways, and I don’t mean that in the bad sense of the word,” Carey told Entertainment Tonight. “I just mean, like, if there’s a makeup artist there and they don’t mind touching me up while I’m directing.”

In the Christmas movie, the star plays a music teacher who takes a stressed-out young singer under her wing, according to Hallmark Channel.

Carey will be living and working out of a 5-bedroom Airbnb beachfront property in Point Dume this winter, where she will film parts of the special at a home that rents for $10,000 a night. Other parts of the film will be shot at Beacher’s Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

Although the project will mark her first directorial feature in a movie, this isn’t her first time in the director’s chair.

“I’ve been directing so much of my own work for a really long time,” Carey told Entertainment Tonight. “A lot of music videos that I didn’t take credit for.”

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As for her diva-directing, Carey says, “Why not just be yourself?”

She’s been in the public eye for decades, but the singer told the TV show that this time in her life is “a new start for me.” Carey is enjoying filming, her billionaire beau James Packer and hanging with her costar in the Christmas movie, Mean GirlsLacey Chabert.

“I was so obsessed with Mean Girls, you have no idea,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “We’ve worn pink on Wednesday – on Wednesdays, we wear pink.”

A Christmas Melody airs on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. (ET) on the Hallmark Channel.