Gabourey Sidibe: “I’m Captain of This Ship – Without a First Mate!”
She might not fit the mold of a Hollywood starlet, but Gabourey Sidibe is bowling ‘em over anyway!
“Growing up, there weren’t a lot of actresses and singers who looked like me,” admits the breakout star of the gritty drama Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire in V magazine’s Size Issue (on sale Jan. 14.). That’s why her costar Mo’Nique, who plays her mother in the film, has been such an inspiration to the 26-year-old student-turned-actress.
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“There were no real times that I thought maybe I can do it until Mo’Nique came along,” reveals Brooklyn-born Gabby. “She’s a plus-sized woman who didn’t care about one day being skinny. All my life I’ve been hearing that I’ll never amount to anything until I am skinny. And she disproved everything that everyone has ever told me.”
With a Golden Globe nomination and tons of Oscar buzz for her role in Precious, Gabby admits, “My life is so much different than I ever imagined it being.”
For example, she’s gained confidence and a thicker skin along the way.
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“I used to get hurt so badly. Any bit of criticism, I would cry. But at some point I just realized, I count more than anyone else, or anybody’s opinion, because I’m living my life — I’m captain of this ship, without a first mate. And I really, really like who I am. I really, really dig me.”
Did you see Gabby’s performance in Precious? Think she deserves an Oscar? Talk back below.
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— jus me (not verified)
the movie was okay,but i don’t see oscar,there was nothing exceptional,we all know these kind of things happens every day in someone’s life.it’s a sad fact.
— kew1224 (not verified)
finally!!!! a real girl in a fake world! love it!
— stephanie (not verified)
Glamorizing obesity is just plane wrong and unhealthy!!!!
— lisa (not verified)
Absolutely beautiful-inside & out! Wishing her the best
— MMB (not verified)
Preface: We live in an existential age of alienation. We are strangers to each other until we take time to get to know each other better and, frankly, that takes work. Cinema is a short cut to viewing ourselves as a people. ÂIn order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.Â Albert Camus
The actress Gabourey Sidibe was born in 1983 in Brooklyn, New York. She became known for her movie debut portraying the main character in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.
Gabby once made a memorable statement about the publicÂs perception of her: “They try to paint the picture that I was this downtrodden, ugly girl who was unpopular in school and in life, and then I got this role and now I’m awesome. But the truth is that I’ve been awesome, and then I got this role.”…
— Nahu (not verified)
did’nt watch the movie. the previews reminded me too much of a welfare mentality…………..
— perfin (not verified)
THIS IS A REAL WOMEN! STOP SHOWING THOSE SKANKY SKINNY GIRLS AND MAKING US BIG WOMEN FEEL LIKE SHIT! THIS IS WHAT A REAL WOMEN LOOKS LIKE! EXCEPT US AMERICA!!!!
— Anonymous (not verified)
yes she deserves an Oscar folks are so prejudiced against not only race but size along with the grade of hair and length of hair BRAVO to Gabby she is beautiful inside and out!!!!!I am sure Tyler Perry is watching you God has opened up the door now walk boldly on through!!!!!
— Miz P (not verified)
I love her spunk, I haven’t been able to see the movie yet, but I saw an interview she gave and I think she is fun and deserving of all her success.