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Jennifer Hudson said 'no' to 'Precious' over weight gain

Gabourey Sidibe earned a nomination for the heavyset title role in "Precious," but she got her shot only after Jennifer Hudson turned down the part, saying she didn't want to gain weight for a role again.
/ Source: Us Weekly

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 excerpted 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.