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Gabourey Sidibe Lands Role in Showtime Series

Gabourey Sidibe Lands Role in Showtime Series

Gabourey Sidibe will have a recurring role in The Big C, a dark comedy series on Showtime.

The 26-year-old Academy Award nominee guest starred in the show’s pilot – The Big C stars Laura Linney as Cathy, a suburban mom and teacher who’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Gabby will play a quick-witted student in Cathy’s class. Oliver Platt will play Cathy’s husband, according to Access Hollywood.

Production is set to begin in May for a summer debut.

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# 1

Well, here we go . . . the “fat, black, funny chick.” Looks like Gabby’s acting future has become real. Poor Gabby!!

# 2

hollywood is embracing her… shoving her down our throats as representing real women. truth is, it’s more like barbies and the beast. every woman that doesn’t look like a barbie can now be happy they at least don’t look like her. she does seem happy with all her new found success though

# 3
...I n F a m o u s l y C o o l @ 03/09/2010 at 5:44 pm

…no more big screen for her, huh.. talk about downgrade. ahahahahahaaa.. but what i wanna know is – why she gotta be on a show with the word “Big” in the title?! huh?! …why cant it be called The Little C. or The Skinny C. `ahahahahahahahahaa.. =]

# 4
Blackrose @ 03/09/2010 at 5:47 pm

Good for her :)

# 5

Whatever she was ROBBED. Sandra Bullock is loved for her personality, not her acting ability. Sean Penn sounded shocked when he read her name. lmao

# 6
thighmegatampon @ 03/09/2010 at 5:50 pm

She’s very talented. I’m sure she’ll do well on this show. Btw- tv roles aren’t always a step down from movies (think glenn close, holly hunter, etc…)

# 7

Congrats on your new role, Ms. Gabby. Sorry for your loss to Sandra but you are a winner to me. I loved the dress and you deserved to make the best dressed list too. Keep rockin’ your style and talent.

# 8

As we know, G. Smile when we say, F lake O ff . You know who you are and have a great attitude. Wish everyone in the world had the same.

# 9

Well good for her,. Howard Stern, who called her a “fat black chick” said she would never get another acting job: http://bit.ly/94D3Ne

‘Looks like she’s proving him wrong, for now at least.

She shows no shame in her weight. Not sure if thats a good thing. Yeah yeah, she shouldn’t be judged on her size, but don’t sit there and tell us that you don’t think being that big is a danger to her health.

She’s disgustingly and unhealthily fat. She needs to lose weight. Also? That’s not a “real woman” just because she isn’t a size 2. There are a few sizes between “stick thin” and morbidly obese, you know.

you really are a snake aren’t you. please do us a favor; slither back under that rock you came out from under.

i think she is over weight as well, however as anyone can tell you a person won’t lose weight until ready to do so. no matter, in 5 years or so people will look back and wonder out loud why gaby didn’t win the oscar for best actress.

Another Susan Boyle story (it will take a lot of folks to keep her together beyond this stage of her newly discovered career). Not to put Jennifer Hudson in this weight categlory, but the first thing she (wisely) did was begin shedding her excess weight. but Jennifer has a naturally attractive face, too. Her weight is extraordinarily unhealthy and for anyone to make excuses to the contrary is terribly irresponsible.

Rightly or wrongly, 2/3rds of the adults in the United States are over weight and 1/3 are morbidly obese and six percent extremely obese (government statistics)
This means of the 308 million people in the US, roughly 203 million are overweight and 101 million are morbidly obese with about 18 million extremely obese.
Her weight is representative of a national health crisis. More people are overweight than “normal” or underweight in the U.S.
So why many folks who post horrible things about her are doing so is truly amazing. Is this healthy? No. But only she can make a change. All the criticism and hurtful comments are just that–hurtful.

wow, a whole lot of woman!

UGH! She’s too hard on the eyes. She also takes too much of the “t.v. screen”. She really needs to get that unhealthy lard off her body……not a good role model..especially if she wants to be in the tv or movie business..( long term).

Get on a weight loss plan woman unless you want your young life cut short because of all that lard you are carrying. Morbid!

...I n F a m o u s l y C o o l @ 03/09/2010 at 7:18 pm

@thighmegatampon: …i guess you think it’s cool to be nominated for an oscar (best actress) then 2 days later sign on to be a role player in a new cable show nobody has ever heard of. seriously, c’mon!
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…howard stern might be a major douchebag, and super disrespectful… but he was completely right. even though he should of been punched in his mouth for saying it the way he did.

thighmegatampon is absolutely right! Like HBO, Showtime has great original, award-winning programming – Californication, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, The Tudors, etc – and in no way is it a step down. A step down would be a broadcast network series in my opinion (ABC, NBC, CBS). Gabby’s in good company on the Showtime Network. And anyway, she landed her Showtime series awhile back. This isn’t new information.

She lives in her own body and is very much aware of her weight and that she has to loose it. She does not need someone else to keep bringing it up. Give it a break. Be nice. We all have something we need to change about ourselves.

smart of her to take this gig now. i mean what has marisa tomei and mira sorvino done lately? being nominated doesnt guarantee more films so smart on her to take this role, the money and exposure it will give her. receptionist one year and tv show and oscar nom the next. she is one lucky gal.

LeviKlein @ 03/09/2010 at 7:54 pm

Good for her. I mean a year ago she was simply a student and now she is a young actress in demand who happens to be part of what sounds like an interesting project, something the Miley Cyruses and Jennifer Anistons of the world seem to be allergic to.
Laura Linney is a great and lovely actress, hopefully she’ll influence Gabby in some way.
Now I hope that my gurl will lose some weight, so she could be healthier. Represent Africa!

E. Norma Stitz @ 03/09/2010 at 7:59 pm

O.V.E.R.

Lou Skunt @ 03/09/2010 at 8:00 pm

She’ll have a heart attack by the time she gets another nomination.

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