If I hadn't been told I was garbage, I wouldn't have learned how to show people I'm talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn't have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn't told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn't tried to break me down, I wouldn't know that I'm unbreakable.— Gabourey Sidibe
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If they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.
It doesn't have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.
I didn't want to be an actress at all, or famous even.
I certainly enjoy acting now, absolutely. Time will tell whether or not I enjoy fame.
I certainly used to wish that I was skinny, lighter-skinned, with long, pretty hair. But only because I used to get made fun of for being the absolute opposite. I didn't see all of that stuff as the American Dream. I just wanted to look normal. Now that I'm older, I really do feel like I am a beautiful girl.
I learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning, and if I don't like myself, there's no reason to even live the life.
My beauty is dark chocolate and it's delicious and it's sweet.
One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl.
I live my life because I dare. I dare to show up when everyone else might hide their faces and hide their bodies in shame.
I was born to stand out. I don't care whether or not people will find me attractive on screen. That's not why I became an actor. I know that more and more with each new role.
One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself.
My Plan A was to be a psychologist. I thought I would be a receptionist. I'm always middle of the road and very normal. I've always wanted a normal life, and this is what I got.
Just relax. When I was younger, I made myself the victim of catastrophic thinking. Anything that went wrong was the end of the world. But as I've gotten older, I've learned to stop myself and say, 'Hey babe, calm down. Tomorrow there will be sun.'
I could have easily never worked again after 'Precious.
' I could be back at my receptionist job and no one would be surprised, but I'm having a very crazy little career that no one thought would happen. Although that was never the plan.
I can't quite say that I was raised Muslim, but I remember up until 5 or so I would pray, you know, with my dad. And it's actually a beautiful practice. It's giving of yourself to a higher power - no matter what you call that higher power. Living your life as close to what you think that higher power wants you to be is a really powerful thing.
I complain about my life. I used to complain about boys or not being able to drive or failing a test. Now I complain about boys, not being able to drive, and leaving home so much.
I love the way I look. I'm fine with it. And if my body changes, I'll be fine with that.
I think people look at me and don't expect much. Even though, I expect a whole lot.
Representation is very important to everyone, but especially to girls like me, and people like me, whether it be because of my body, because of my race, because of my skin color, because of my awkwardness or where I come from.
I don't think my brand of self-confidence and self-assuredness can come from an outside source. It's got to come from me.
When it's time to film and to actually take on the role of Precious, I felt an immense responsibility to do it justice.
Most of my life, I wanted to be a therapist, but then I just decided that I didn't want to be in charge of giving people advice. I want to know everything there is to know about psychology. But a therapist? No.
All we need to do is pay attention to ourselves and pay attention when somebody gives you a compliment based on something that you do naturally. Then that lets you know that that's your talent. I mean, talents come in so many different sizes, so many different colors, so many different ways.
I have a nice smile, pretty lips, and big round cheeks. They help me look like a teenager.
I am the only consistent person in my life and so I better like myself, and I better love myself. And I really better know that I'm as beautiful as anyone else.
I wanted to be a psychologist. You know, I thought that's what I'd be doing and it just goes to show you that, if you tell God your plans, He will laugh in your face.
Acting is acting, and who you are will still remain to be who you are.
You know, that part won't change it. It will change your wallet, you know? It'll change your life. It will open opportunities for you, but it's not going to change your character.
Your body is your temple, it's your home, and you must decorate it.
I can flip my tongue over. Only one in 10,000 people can. I learned that at Ripley's Believe It or Not!
I hate Twitter. I think it's disgusting. It's ridiculous that you as a stranger can type something to me, and I see it. Technology has gone too far.
Well, I'm certainly glad that I was nominated for an Oscar.
There is certainly a respect that comes with that nod. Also, a compliment that comes with it, too. Not that I really know what I'm doing. In a lot of ways I feel like some child on set, or like a kid that snuck in the back door.
Are you saying that I don't deserve love just because of the body I'm in? I wouldn't say that to you. That's horrible. I wouldn't do that to you. I deserve love. People like me deserve love because we are human.
Hollywood, that whole industry, is a lot like a really small town.
You bump into the same people all the time. I think Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon can be played with anyone and everyone in Hollywood.
I try to stay off the Internet. Just because people hurt my feelings sometimes.
I can't go to sleep unless I've watched at least two episodes of American Dad on Hulu or iTunes. It just feels familiar. It's like a lullaby.
I used to watch 'Coming to America' every day after school.
I have full-on long-running inside jokes with friends and family about different scenes in that movie alone. Also, my brother and I loved 'The Golden Child,' so, yeah: I was a huge fan of Eddie Murphy growing up.
Mo'Nique is so full of love. I've been describing her as the tree in 'Pocahontas.' She's so wise and loving. She is just everything.
Being an actress wasn't a plan at all, so what's happened to me is very strange.
Life isn't very normal, even though I'm still very much a normal girl. I ride the subway, I ride the bus, and all of that.
Plenty of times, I haven't been able to wear certain clothes because they didn't come in my size.
People always ask me, 'You have so much confidence.
Where did that come from?'. It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn't have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.
I'm not a big fan of doing what my mother wants me to do, like any daughter.
I would like to continue acting. I tell people I can't go back to real life. I have to see how far I can go with it. I am serious about it, and I believe that it's my calling. I think it's what my life's path is. It's what God has given me. It's what I was born to do. And so I must do it.
My goal was just to live a good life that I was happy with.
And I wasn't exactly sure that that meant being the star of a movie.
Being an actor is wonderful and it's a lot of fun, but eventually you look old and you can't fit this or that. It's important to have other skills, be able to do other things, and to really learn how this business works and what it thrives on.
I like when red carpets are over. I hate red carpets in general. I don't understand them.
It's like prom night for Hollywood. I'm really proud of myself for being here.
One of my favorite - well, my favorite, favorite, absolute favorite event to go to is Alfre Woodard has a party that I call the blacktress party. It's, like, black actresses that either have been nominated for an Oscar or should have been, and it sort of is just a night where we all get in a room and we get to celebrate each other.
If you're writing on your own, each character is just you. It's just you.
In the seventh grade, I was about to leave wearing a jumper, when my mom said she could see my panty line. So I just wore stockings. That day I broke my ankle, and the EMS cut my tights off. I got a full cast with no stockings on and no panties.