EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe has been fielding calls non-stop from agencies since her debut in director Lee Daniels’ Precious, which landed Sidibe a Best Actress Oscar nomination this past Tuesday not to mention a current BAFTA Best Actress nomination. She also earned Best Actress nominations for Golden Globes and SAG, and won the National Board of Review’s Female Breakout Award. I’m told she will be repped by a team led by UTA Board member Tracey Jacobs who met her for the first time two weeks ago. “They spent a couple hours talking and totally hit it off,” says a source. Prior to Precious, Sidibe’s acting experience had been limited to some college theatre and no formal training. A friend suggested she to go to the open call where she met casting directors Billy Hopkins and Jessica Kelly. Two days later, Hopkins and Kelly introduced her to Daniels who cast her in the title role after one meeting. Sidibe will continue to be repped by manager Jill Kaplan at Principal Entertainment.
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