Mariah Carey’s Hardest “Precious” Challenge: Going With No Makeup

September 18th, 2009 by Karen Bliss Leave a reply »

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Mariah Carey has a sense of humor about the role she took on in the movie Precious: Based On The Novel “Push” By Sapphire, even though her character and the story itself — about an abused, downtrodden teen — is anything but funny. As welfare caseworker Ms. Weiss, the global superstar appears in dowdy clothes without a stitch of makeup or false eyelashes — not that she didn’t try.

“You can thank Mr. [Lee] Daniels,” she said, looking over at the director/producer, during a press conference earlier this week for the film at the Toronto International Film Festival. “He had a very specific look. I brought in all my wigs for the character and he was like, ‘No, it’s not happening.’ He really brought up what everyone was going through [in the film] was not about that.

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“Lee, come on, I had no make up underneath my eyes and the overhead lighting was not my friend. But you knewwwwww. You knew-ooooooo,” she mock whined. “And you loved it.”

Lee, sitting alongside author Sapphire, executive producers Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Lisa Cortes and composer Mary J. Blige, then teased Carey by telling the room an amusing story from the set.

“I’m looking at Mariah and I’m directing. I’m talking and I’m doing whatever and I look in my peripheral vision and I see her putting on blush,” he said.

“It was a little bit,” Carey interjected.

“‘Mariah what are you doing?’ ” he said to her. “Forget about continuity. I said, ‘Bitch, what is this?’ She says, ‘Nothing.’ She says, ‘Precious has makeup on.’ ”

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Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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