The name of the movie may be Dreamgirls – but recent rumors make it seem like a more apt title would be Jealousgirls.
But Beyonce Knowles is trying as hard as she can to squash talk that she was jealous of her co-star throughout shooting.
“I knew that the character that I played wasn’t the star,” Knowles told reporters on Saturday about her Diana Ross-esque role of Deena Jones, compared to the juicier part of Effie White, portrayed by Jennifer Hudson. “She wasn’t the underdog. She didn’t have the struggle and the pain and the dramatic scenes that Effie had, and I was fine with that.”
But Beyonce just wanted to prove herself as an actress. After all, she’s already dominated the music world. As she’s not afraid to tell everyone.
“I’m already a star. I already have nine Grammys. Everyone knows I can sing,” Knowles said. “I did this because I wanted people to know that I can act and I can play someone so different from myself.”
Okay. We can deal with conceit when it’s well-earned. But what about being jealous of the former American Idol contestant?
“It’s really unfortunate that everyone is saying I’m jealous of Jennifer. It hurts my heart because it’s so clichéd. They’re saying that I’m mad when I knew going into this that I was playing Deena,” said Knowles. “Because I’m a star they just automatically assume that I’m not humble enough to sit down and take a back seat, which I am.”
Did Beyonce mention she’s a star yet? More so than Vin Diesel, in case you were wondering.
However, the R&B singer did admit that she would have liked to have sung Effie’s song, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” a showstopper that, in large part, helped get Jennifer Holliday a Tony Award for best actress for the original 1981 Broadway version of Dreamgirls.
“I mean,” said Knowles, “I wish I could’ve gained 20 pounds and played Effie.”
Ohhh, snap! What’s next, saying Hudson is so fat she broke her leg and gravy poured out?
Ignore bitter Beyonce, Jennifer. Keep that chin, and weight, up. We don’t want you ever going Nicole Richie on us.