Mariah Carey on her ‘Precious’ role: “I drank some ugly juice”


It’s no secret that Mariah Carey wasn’t a big fan of her styling for the film Precious. From the clips and promotional images I’ve seen, Mariah is wearing a fug wig, little to no makeup, and they even gave her a little mustache. This is Mariah’s chance at Oscar, and she knows that Oscar loves when a woman uglies it up. So she’ll campaign for her Oscar like a good girl (and unlike Mo’Nique, who seems to be pulling a diva act so hard, she probably won’t even get a nomination, much less an Oscar). Mariah’s heart is in this campaign – but she’s still going to let everyone know how unhappy she was with how horrible they made her look.

When Mariah appeared on Oprah back in September, she even dropped the f-bomb when she described all of the crap director Lee Daniels did to her to make her look horrible: “I didn’t even know what to do, man. I was like, ‘This is so ugly, I don’t know what to do.’ He put dark stuff under my eyes, he … put fluorescent lighting, the most hideous lighting. Some people had the most beautiful, angelic lighting, and I looked at Lee like, ‘You motherf-cker, why did you do this to me?” Mariah echoed the same sentiments (minus the f-bomb) when she spoke to Us Weekly on the red carpet of the Hollywood premiere:

Mimi — a.k.a. Mariah Carey — doesn’t enjoy being emancipated from her glamorous self.
The singer returns to acting in the buzzed-about gritty drama Precious, playing an 80s-era hard-knock social worker named Mrs. Weiss. And her look in the film — bad hair, dowdy clothes, even a faint mustache — is as far from fabulous as she’s ever been.

“It wasn’t just de-glamorized,” Carey, 40, told at Sunday’s Precious premiere at Mann’s Theater in Hollywood. “They added some hideousness on top of that too. I drank some ugly juice,” she said, laughing.

It’s not the first time the music star has told Us about the humbling experience, either. At a Precious event in Toronto Sept. 13, she noted “I couldn’t even look in the mirror! It was tough.”

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious’ young star, told Us in Toronto that Carey “hated” her time in the makeup truck. “She hated her wardrobe! It was the funniest thing. Like the first day of school or something, where you’re not wearing the right socks and the whole outfit’s ruined.”

“I wouldn’t let her look at herself!” added the film’s director Lee Daniels. “She just trusted me. I knew she was serious [about her performance].”

But once filming was through, Carey used her beauty school education to make things right again. “I just dealt with hair first — I have my own little tricks!”

[From Us Weekly]

Mariah also spoke to People Magazine about her fug “transformation” – and she goes off again! Mariah told People: “I felt completely rancid!” Mariah also said that the unglamorous look helped with her diva behavior: “I didn’t have to feel compelled to be always glamorous. With the music industry, it’s very like ‘Oh, she’s got a hair out of place! Go fix it!’ And so this was such a liberating experience and yet humiliated me. But I needed that. We all need that. We all need to understand how to be humble, and it’s a difficult business to do that in.” No! Mariah can’t be humble! I only love her because she’s an insufferable diva!

I pray to God that Mariah gets a slew of nominations for Precious, just because her campaign will be amazing and hilarious. I want her to get thousands of questions about her sh-tty styling, about her mustache, about her awful wig. I want Mariah to try to convince us over and over again that she’s not a diva. I want all of this just because I think it would be hilarious. For me. Not for Mariah. Motherf-ckers.

LaineyGossip put up this incredible 16-minute interview with Mariah, conducted by B. Scott. It’s kind of insane how far Mariah is stuck up her own ass, but it’s kind of cool too:

Here’s Mariah and Nick Cannon at the AFI Fest ‘Precious’ Hollywood premiere held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on November 1, 2009. Photo credit:

Related stories

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

22 Responses to “Mariah Carey on her ‘Precious’ role: “I drank some ugly juice””

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. mel says:

    Why would you want to be all dolled up to play a social worker. It doesnt make sense, on second thought maybe for Mariah it does but from what I’ve read and seen, this is a very dark movie and noone in the movie has on makeup.

  2. TwinkleToes says:

    Meh. Ugly juice was in the breast milk for this one and her genes. She would have been so much bigger if not for the hindrance of her not being beautiful. Needs to accept it and work on her pipes.

  3. Firestarter says:

    I like Mariah!

  4. elusive says:

    Ugly juice – thats so funny. That just what she’d really look like if she was still “one of us”. No more facial peels, fall behind on her lip and chin wax, no stylist to do her hair and makeup every day. Nope Mariah that’s who you really are under the glamour and the lighting.

  5. Guest says:

    mariah sans make-up…

  6. cara says:

    she was really good in Wise Girls.

  7. leena says:

    she looks like tiny from tiny & toya!

  8. End This says:

    This is Tiny’s Mom.

  9. Stephie says:

    Is it just me or does she not look that bad at all all fuglied up? (talk about ego, jeez)

  10. Alecto says:

    she looks normal. like the rest of us. i guess we must all drink fug juice. thanks mariah.

  11. original kate says:

    no, she’s not a diva. only a diva would expect to be glammed up for the role of a teacher or whatever…oh, wait. never mind.

  12. loldongs says:

    Poor Nick, he’s been betafied.

    What a mangina.

  13. gg says:

    She seems like a decent actress. I am soooo distracted by her puffy face though. It looks like she’s got her cheeks stuffed to the brim with marshmallows and she’s pinching her mouth to keep them all in! I wonder if she’s had a lot of injectable fillers.

  14. kelly138 says:

    What is she, fourteen? I couldn’t look in the mirror! My lighting! My hair! Why did they do this to me?! Wah wah wah.

    If she really wants to freak out and obsess about herself, she oughta have a gander at the back fat and arm flab in the header photo.

  15. lin234 says:

    she has great skin! I get what she means. She’s not saying she’s great natural beauty. She has to work at it and knows what works for her. So I can understand her being frustrated when she has to look the opposite of what she usually strides for.

  16. kate says:

    I AM a social worker and I don’t look like hell. Just because the work is hard doesn’t mean we all wear it on our faces. Sheesh.

  17. Lark3 says:

    If she wins an Oscar, I will buy everyone a copy of Glitter!

  18. Erin says:

    TwinkleToes, you rock my world with your comments….heeeee!

  19. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Carey and Daniels have been close personal friends for a long time. It was only after Helen Mirren (with whom he had already worked, I think it was on that SHADOWBOXER movie that I didn’t see) had to drop out of the project that the issue of casting Mariah was even broached. She had already been a fan of the book PUSH–upon which this film is based–and I guess it was serendipity and landed them in this spot.

    All I mean to say is, you complain and tease your friends about lots of things because the rapport is already there. In any case, if she had read the book before she was invited into the production, and looked at the screenplay, I’m sure they all knew what she was in for.

  20. bollywoodhunk says:

    what post in this image desires to download her

  21. JaNa'e says:

    i think she’s over exaggerating; I have a strong feeling that that’s what she really looks like without her make-up.

  22. Horrible Carey says:

    When I see Carey in that movie, I think
    “don’t ever do plastic surgery”
    Even precious can not tell what she is,
    She looks like an alien. (the nose is not one anylonger, she looks like a fried burrito)