To Keep Working, Gabby Sidibe Must Lose Weight

'Precious' star is popular, but that doesn't mean she'll get parts
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2010 8:16 AM CST
Gabourey Sidibe arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Gabourey Sidibe may have been nominated for a best actress Oscar right alongside Hollywood legend Meryl Streep, but industry sources say she’ll need to drop her extra pounds if she wants her star to keep rising. “I'm not saying it's correct, but it's a simple fact that she will have to lose a lot of weight if she wants to keep getting parts,” one casting director tells PopEater.

Friends of the Precious star confirm she’s not being bombarded with offers. “The same thing happened to Nikki Blonsky from Hairspray,” the casting director continues. “Everyone said how great she was, and she hasn't worked since.”

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