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Beyonce Knowles Takes on the Biggest Role of Her Career - Thus Far

Knowles Talks About Her Starring Role in "Dreamgirls"


Beyonce Knowles Takes on the Biggest Role of Her Career - Thus Far

Left to right: Anika Noni Rose, Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Hudson star in DreamWorks Pictures' and Paramount Pictures' big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation "Dreamgirls."

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Updated February 01, 2006
While doing publicity for the comedy movie “The Pink Panther” starring Steve Martin and Jean Reno, Beyonce Knowles couldn’t contain her excitement for another movie she’s involved with. Knowles talked to About.com about winning the role of Deena in “Dreamgirls” and how it feels to be given the opportunity to be a part of such a highly anticipated film.

Beyonce Knowles Shares Her Excitement for “Dreamgirls:” Knowles said filming began on “Dreamgirls” in mid-January 2006 and she's overjoyed to be a part of it. “I’m so excited about it I can’t even talk and my voice just starts shaking because I’m so happy! I’ve been hearing about ‘Dreamgirls’ since I was about 15. I’ve never seen it because I was born the year it was on Broadway, but I have seen the bootleg tape of it. And I’ve been hearing about Deena and everything about her because my choreographer is obsessed with her.

They told me they were doing this movie and I said, ‘Oh my God, I have to have this movie.’ At first they weren’t sure if I could play the part because I haven’t done anything like it on film - and I knew I could do it. I just never had a chance to do it. I got the movie and I’m so excited because I’m proud of myself.

I get to play a character with range, and I’m 16 in the beginning and I grow up to be 36. There’s nothing glamorous about Deena and she kind of butterflies into this diva. I have dramatic scenes and emotional scenes and very funny scenes, and just all these colors. I’m so excited because people are going to be able to see me act for the first time.”

Knowles feels she's at the right point in her career to take on a film of the magnitude of “Dreamgirls.” “I guess, well every movie I do I learn a little bit more. And after going on auditions and kind of not getting some movies and getting some movies, and having more life experiences, and having a couple acting classes, I realized I am an actor and I can really do this right,” explained Knowles.

Beyonce Knowles on Writer/Director Bill Condon and Her “Dreamgirls” Co-Stars: “Bill Condon is so good. He knows so much and is so detailed-oriented. I mean before we even started… First of all, we had two months to rehearse, which I’ve never experienced anything like that, which allowed me and the other ladies to bond. We have such a great chemistry together. It’s real. Even off screen we do little crazy things that friends do. We’re all so excited to be there. We’re just like, ‘Is this real? Are we in this film?’

In storyboards, [Condon] had the movie already shot. I’ve never seen anything like that. He took all of our screen tests and put our voices to the storyboards. I’m like, ‘We can already see the movie before we shot.’ Everything is just perfect.”

Knowles doesn’t view the project as a competition between the actors involved. In particular Knowles says she’s not in a competition with “Dreamgirls” co-star - and former “American Idol” favorite - Jennifer Hudson. “Oh, no. Not at all. First of all, she is so sweet and one of the nicest people. It’s her first movie. Imagine someone and their first movie is ‘Dreamgirls’… How blessed is she? And she’s so excited and I have chills for her right now just talking about it. She is so grateful and I’m so grateful. We give each other advice, we help each other, we would change our minds or whatever…because we all want this to be great.”

Beyonce Knowles is Definitely Not Her “Dreamgirls” Character: “Deena’s not me, but I have a lot of similarities. Just I started off in a group. I’m very ambitious. I was always…there was something about me since a little girl that just was different.”

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