Sidibe’s break-out role was inPrecious, Lee Daniels’ 2009 film about a girl who is sexually abused by her father and physically abused by her mother. She speaks with Terry Gross about landing the title role despite the fact she didn’t have acting experience, overcominganxiety and depression as a kid, and what it was like to work for a phone sex hotline:
“It was good practice for this interview right now! … You think that phone sex is about getting the caller off, but it’s about keeping the caller on. It’s about leading with your personality and making sure that they’re still listening and they’re still interested in you, because you cannot make money when they hang up. … They pay by the minute, and I get paid by the minute. …
[The company wouldn’t] hire you if you had no ability to make your voice white, because that’s who the men on the phone wanted to talk to. … The company was [run] by 95 percent plus-size black women. It’s so interesting that … we were all plus size and these men would not normally be into us, and if they were it’s a fetish or whatever. …
So it’s very strange to go from undesirable, into the office, you clock in, and [they say,] “I love you so much. I’ll call you every day” … but they think I’m white. … You think you’re talking to Megan Fox, but you’re talking to Precious. Look how dope and fierce and amazing and smart and genius we are to fool you into thinking that we’re the opposite.”
Actresses Freida Pinto, Gabourey Sidibe, and Amber Heard read the two letters Emily Doe, the survivor of the Stanford sexual assault, wrote onstage. Though Emily Doe remains anonymous and her award was accepted by Stanford Law Professor Michele Dauber, Amber Heard addressed Doe directly: “Emily, wherever you are, we know you are listening. Thank you for your words, thank you for your courage. We carry it with us every day. In honor of your fearlessness, you are a 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year.” [x]
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Lena Dunham is a good role model because she’s not a size 2 and is comfortable being naked
Jennifer Lawrence is a good role model because she’s not a size 2 and talks about how much she loves food all the time
If actresses like Gabourey Sidibe, Rebel Wilson or Melissa McCarthy behaved like either of these women, they would be criticised by everyone for ‘glorifying obesity and unhealthy lifestyles’. Do not for one minute think that because Lena and Jennifer are idolised by teenage girls everywhere, people are becoming more accepting of fatness.
Stop telling people like me to look up to these women as body image role models. Lena Dunham and Jennifer Lawrence look skinny as hell to me. Maybe not New York Fashion Week skinny, but skinny by everyone else’s standards.
There’s 'acceptably fat’, and then there’s 'disgustingly obese’. It’s this line that society has drawn, and Lena Dunham falls on the 'acceptably fat’ side of it. The rest of us are just disease-ridden food processors.
Actress Gabourey Sidibe — you’ve seen her in Precious, American Horror Story and Empire — admits she’s a bit of a shut-in. “I really wish I wasn’t, but I am,” she says with a laugh. And while she’s “puttering around” the house she listens to all sorts of stories via podcast. “In a strange way, listening to podcasts helps me meet people,” she tells NPR’s Ari Shapiro.
Sidibe says she particularly likes the NPR podcast Invisibilia, which is all about the unseen forces that shape human behavior. The “Entanglement” episode describes a woman who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a condition that causes her to physically experience the sensations felt by others.
i really don't think you, a white woman, should be arguing that the media should stop admiring lupita's beauty. it IS important for a dark-skinned black woman with african features to be hailed for her beauty. it isn't your place to say that shouldn't happen.
I didn’t say that the media should “stop admiring” her beauty. I agree with you, her visibility is important and I’d never try to argue that it’s a bad thing for her to be on the red carpet. I think she’s amazing and I love all her red carpet appearances.
But I just keep thinking about how every year it seems that when a black actress gets an Oscar nomination or a win, she’s the toast of awards season, and she’s the toast of the red carpet, and everyone loves her dresses and talks about how beautiful she is, and then a couple of years later she’s taking minor parts in films because none of that has actually helped her career.
Perhaps the most successful Black Actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, Halle Berry, has been adamant that her beauty has actually HURT her in her career. Here’s what she said about getting overlooked initially for the role for which she won her Oscar: “I called my manager and said, say yes, say yes, say yes. He said, ‘I’m glad you love it, but they don’t want you.’ Frankly, fighting against my looks has become a large part of my career as an actress.”