Since garnering an Oscar nod on her first starring role, many expected Gabourey Sidibe to fade quickly into the background. But the 28-year-old actress has gone on to snag roles both on the big and small screens. These days she can be found cutting up on the Showtime comedy series The Big C, in which she plays Andrea a teen with a big mouth and a bigger personality.

Recently, Sidibe stopped by Live With Kelly to discuss the show and her upcoming roles, and as soon as she stepped on stage–busting the Running Man and telling Pauly D that she’s a “grenade that’s DTF”–you knew it was going to be a fun interview.

At one point, Kelly asks Gabby about her character’s insistence on teaching her fellow students about Africa and asked if Gabby loves “African-inspired” clothes (because Kelly apparently digs it). Gabby, who is Senegalese, said that although tribal prints seem to be a trend, she’s “over it” and prefers to be more Americanized, which includes hating the afro she had to wear for The Big C (she couldn’t wait to get back to her normal weave).

Although Gabby doesn’t fit into Hollywood’s beauty standards, it’s clear from the interview that she is fun, comfortable with herself, and a good actress. And from the looks of things, she’ll be lighting up the screen for a long time to come.

Do you watch ‘The Big C’? What did you think of the interview?

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  • Tricia

    Its amazing, cause I’m sure SHE knows she’s overweight but by the way everyone’s been posting, you would swear she does not know. How do we know that she’s hasn’t tried ever diet program on the planet? She is not hiding her self, actually she’s in the limelight. My point is for each of you who’s writing that she’s fat and its not healthy, she is still an actress and still living her life HOW she wants to. So people STOP the focus on the fat…. please!!!

  • Steamer

    Despite the health concerns that could likely plague her, I think we are missing the fact that the culture she is from. And if she doesn’t subscribe to Western Ideas of beauty, who cares? If you want to bring her down, that just makes you a bully.

    Whenever anything is an extreme, it is not a healthy way to be.