Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Turned Down Precious’
December 27, 2011 by staff
The 30-year-old writes in her new book I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down that she turned down a chance to read for the plum role for weight reasons.
In an excerpt from the book published by Uptown magazine, she said: “I had [gained weight] with Effie [in Dreamgirls] and as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight.”
Instead, director Lee Daniels chose then-unknown actress Gabourey Sidibe for the part of Precious, an overweight and abused teen.
The film went on to accrue a plethora of awards and nominations, including six Oscar nods, including a Best Actress nomination for Sidibe.
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