From the movie “Precious” to the hit FOX show “Empire”, Actress Gabourey Sidibe has claimed her name to fame. She has a strong personality on and off the screen. She recently opened up about the long standing journey of her weight, the weight loss and her views of the industry.
Over the weekend, she spoke on the panel at The Female Lens: Creating Change Beyond the Bubble, where she went into detail about her experience in the entertainment industry and how she turned down jobs because they poked at her body.
Here is more from the weekend:
“As a woman in a different body, I get a lot of scripts and offers where someone has to mention my body immediately,” Sidibe said.
“Someone wrote a script with me in mind and the first time someone other than my character was talking about my character they say ‘this hippo’ or ‘this elephant,’” she said. “And I’m like, ‘Are you serious? You wrote something for me and you’re calling me a hippo and all of the animals.’ This is my body. This has been my body my entire life and in my life my friends and my colleagues are not constantly talking about my body. But in most of my roles somebody has to make mention of it.”
“They are my favorite jobs because it is most like real life,” the “American Horror Story” alumna stated. “On ‘Difficult People’ my character has a husband and it’s super horny for her and no one says anything about my body. And on ‘Empire,’ I had a sex scene — well, it wasn’t really a sex scene, it was a make out scene, everyone chill — and it spawned all of these news articles and all of these memes and launched a hashtag called #myfatsexstory only because it was my body against somebody else’s body and we treated in on primetime television like any other love scene between two people.”
She even mentions that she enjoys her roles on ‘Empire’ and ‘Difficult People’ the most because their scripts are more uplifting and sensitive when it comes to mentioning her weight. She also went on to say that Lee Daniels was like a father to her and how happy she is to be working with him. We look forward in seeing more from her!
Published by: Briana B.