Jennifer Hudson Declined Precious Role, Didn't Want to Gain Weight

Entertainment Dec. 26, 2011 AT 6:30PM
Jennifer Hudson Declined Precious Role, Didn't Want to Gain Weight Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Vh1

Gabourey Sidibe sure must be grateful for this! 

In Jennifer Hudson's  book I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, the 30-year-old singer-actress opens up about why she turned down an opportunity to star in the Academy Award nominated 2009 film Precious.

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"I had [gained weight] with Effie [in Dreamgirls]," she explains, as excepted by Uptown Magazine. "And as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight."

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Instead, Hudson, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls, went on to co-star in the first Sex and the City Movie alongside Sarah Jessica Parker. 

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Since her days on American Idol, Hudson has dropped 80 lbs. with the help of Weight Watchers. In September, she even opened up the Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers Center in Chicago.

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