Mariah Carey No Longer Photographed From Just Right Side

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Mariah Carey has shed her diva demands after starring as a dowdy social worker in the drama Precious


She no longer insists on only be photographed from her right side.

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"I don't feel like, 'Oh, I have to be on this side, or I have to be on this side' — I really had specific things that someone told me when I was 19 starting in the business and I listened to them … I don't care anymore," Carey, 40, tells the Associated Press.

"Sometimes I like that [left] side — and Nick likes that side better anyway," she adds, referring to her husband of about 18 months, Nick Cannon.

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Carey filmed the flick (due in theaters Nov. 6) without makeup and in a prosthetic nose — which she called "such a freeing experience for me."

"By making me look so bad [the director] brought out the ability to never be self-conscious again, and that was a gift that he gave me," says Carey, who nabbed the role after Oscar winner Helen Mirren dropped out. The singer's movie debut, 2001's Glitter, was a bomb.

In the same interview, Carey — who released her 12th album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, on Tuesday — downplays pregnancy rumors.

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"Well, we enjoy practicing," she says laughing, and then adds that now would "not be the right time" because of their busy schedules.

One thing she'd consider making with her husband? A movie.

"We have to make sure the movie was a stone winner — otherwise they would kill us," Carey says.

Adds Cannon, 28:  "It'd have to be a comedy."

"It'd definitely have to be — our life is a comedy anyway," she jokes.


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