The title role!
In her new book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, Hudson reveals that she was offered the plum part of the troubled yet developing schoolgirl (which ultimately went to Gabourey Sidibe, who got an Oscar nomination for it and lots of other acclaim).
Hudson had triumphed in Dreamgirls, then lost the weight she’d gained, eagerly presenting a lither JHud to the world.
She knew she’d have to gain it all back to play Precious, and the thought of that made her as queasy as if she’d tasted rotten clam dip.
“I had done that with Effie,” writes JHud, “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, she said yes to the slim-waisted Sex and the City movie.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 20, 2011