This week Janet speaks with actress Gabby Sidibe about her journey from Hollywood to Harlem, as recounted in her recent memoir This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. They delve into body confidence, class transition, and that time she skipped school for an audition that landed her a breakout role and an Academy Award nomination.
Sidibe's break-out role was in 'Precious,' 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, overcoming anxiety and depression as a kid, and how working for a phone sex hotline prepared her for acting (and interviews).
This week, B & E are joined by Academy award nominee, Empire star, and author of This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, Gabourey Sidibe. The trio discusses self-love, accepting their parents and suspect Instagram ads. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy