Gabourey Sidibe has revealed she "celebrates" being different.
The up-and-coming actress made her big screen debut in Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire and has won praise for her portrayal of troubled teen Claireece 'Precious' Jones.
"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," she said.
"In a weird way, I kind of really, really love being the alien in the room. I dig it."
She added: "There's more of me in the world than there are of Reese Witherspoon, but that's not reflected at events. So I'm doing it for the rest that are like me. I'm doing it for those people."
Gabourey was studying psychology before she was chosen to be the star in Lee Daniels' powerful film.
"I thought I'd be a receptionist my whole life, and I wanted to be a psychologist," she said. "This just kind of fell in my lap. It's very strange. It wasn't what I planned to be in life, but certainly it's happened in such a big way and I do plan to act more."
She has already finished shooting her next film, Yelling To The Sky - a Sundance Lab project with Zoe Kravitz.
"I would like to be funny in a film, or I'd like to be a romantic lead," she reveals. "They're all dream roles. There's nothing specifically that I want, I just want everything."
:: Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire is in cinemas now.