Precious star: I like being alien
Published 15/01/2010 | 10:48
Precious star Gabourey Sidibe has said she enjoys being "the alien in the room".
The 26-year-old, who describes herself as "a random girl from Harlem", landed the title role in Lee Daniels' Oscar-tipped film about an abused, overweight girl despite having no acting training.
She said: "I don't try to live up to the standards of Hollywood or any of that - I know that I'm different and I celebrate it."
The actress, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe award, went on: "In a weird way, I kind of really, really love being the alien in the room. I dig it."
"There's more of me in the world than there are of Reese Witherspoon but that's not reflected at these events. So I'm doing it for the rest that are like me. I'm doing it for those people."
Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz also star in the film, which is officially titled Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire.