Gabourey Sidibe has garnered much praise for her debut performance in the title role of Precious, about an abused 16 year old who doesn't lose faith that opportunities exist for her.
The star of "Precious," stepped out in New York City for a party recently where she was fawned over.
"We've all been to a place where we've felt ignored and unsupported, so it just affirms the meaning of the film's story to me," Gabourey told Harper's Bazaar about the celebrity attention. "Ashley Olsen hugged me for a long time — like rubbing my back and everything — and said, 'I am so proud of you.' How cute is that?"
While Gabourey has a boyfriend, who she won't name publicly, it hasn't stopped the rising star from crushing on a few celebrities.
And while she's likely to rubbing shoulders with Justin, Bradley and others on the award show circuit, Gabourey also has a fairly busy schedule with photo shoots.
"I feel like a model," she said of all the pictorials that have come her way. "It justifies everyone in my life who told me I wouldn't be anything until I lost weight. It justifies that little girl who cried because she didn't think she could be in front of the camera. And it's for other girls who feel like they can't do this or that and feel like they're not pretty and not worthy of having their photo taken."
The star said she doesn't have any plans to change.
"I'm just happy to show up. So, I don't have any plans of changing because I really, really like myself," she said. "It took a lot of work to get here. It's reaffirming for people to meet me and ask me not to change."
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