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. Im so excited about it I cant even talk and my voice just starts shaking because Im so happy! Ive been hearing about Dreamgirls since I was about 15. Ive never seen it because I was born the year it was on Broadway, but I have seen the bootleg tape of it. And Ive 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 werent sure if I could play the part because I havent 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 Im so excited because Im proud of myself.
I get to play a character with range, and Im 16 in the beginning and I grow up to be 36. Theres 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. Im 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 Ive never experienced anything like that, which allowed me and the other ladies to bond. We have such a great chemistry together. Its real. Even off screen we do little crazy things that friends do. Were all so excited to be there. Were just like, Is this real? Are we in this film?
In storyboards, [Condon] had the movie already shot. Ive never seen anything like that. He took all of our screen tests and put our voices to the storyboards. Im like, We can already see the movie before we shot. Everything is just perfect.
Knowles doesnt view the project as a competition between the actors involved. In particular Knowles says shes 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. Its her first movie. Imagine someone and their first movie is Dreamgirls How blessed is she? And shes so excited and I have chills for her right now just talking about it. She is so grateful and Im 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: Deenas not me, but I have a lot of similarities. Just I started off in a group. Im very ambitious. I was always there was something about me since a little girl that just was different.