Try not to giggle in response to Gabourey Sidibe’s hearty and infectious laugh. I dare you! The bubbly breakout star of 2009’s Precious is the antithesis to the title character we were introduced to her through. She’s hilarious, lively, flirty and just plain fun.
As I dialed the number I was given to reach the in-demand starlet, I was nervous. I never get nervous, but there was something about Gabby that I wanted to connect to. It could have been the fact the both of us shared a double digit dress size or maybe it was the fact that almost 10 years prior, as fate would have it, I pretended to the the Pip to her street-performing mother, acting as Gladys Knight in the heart of Times Square. Our small connections made me want her and I to become fast friends.
The way our conversation flowed, it felt that my secret wish was coming true. Gabby was 100% candid, insightful and friendly. I didn’t want the conversation to end, but while I had her, I figured I’d give her HB’s 5-Star Treatment.
Through promoting her latest, Yelling To The Sky, to bragging about filming a new project with Angela Bassett, Gabby obliged my five minutes of true friendship.
*If I was stranded on a desert island I’d bring…I’d bring my iPod, ’cause I can’t live, I can’t think, I can’t do anything without music. I would bring an erotic book. Because I enjoy those! [laughs] And I think I would bring one person, my friend Xosha Roquemore, she‘s an actress herself and she is so hilarious. We always entertain each other.
**How do you express your love…I say I love you a lot. I show you my love. I don’t have to say it, like that’s weird. I definitely show it a lot. I check in with people all the time. I’m a very good listener. That’s how I show my love. What we really all want is to be heard and so I think a good way of showing your love is by listening.
*** The best way to get over a breakup…The number one thing I’d do is not listen to Adele. I love Adele, but I don’t wanna be sad. So I don’t listen to sad songs that remind me of a relationship. And I go out with my friends. I do have one night to like, sulk and all the things, like wanna rip his clothes and all of that. And then the next day I get over it. And I count my blessings for him not being in my life.
**** The one thing that I don’t like about myself…I doubt myself a lot. I wish that I didn’t so much. I wish that I would just listen to my first instincts more.
*****What was your last moment of lust…I guess I’d have to say, oh my gosh, I was watching the movie Pride yesterday with my friends and the Terrence Howard movie with Bernie Mac and it was about the swim team; all those like fine black men getting in and out of the water, that was my last moment of lust–yesterday around 4 pm.
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