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So I would usually have to take a shower first [chuckles]. It would just be me and my laptop for eight hours minimum.”What was the biggest risk you took in writing this book? It would take me a while to figure out what to write.
Sidibe made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that earned her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead in addition to nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actress.
“I really couldn’t even think of that because I had a lot of shit to work out. But I had to [write down] a lot of things, because they were useful. I’m a person who is of some level of emotional intelligence and I was clogged in a lot of ways. I needed to allow myself to do that."Black people and dirty laundry is a very real thing.
There was a point in writing this book that I thought, there are so many ways that we are doing disservice to one family member by protecting another family member. I like wasn’t talking to him when I first started writing. He wants to survive just as well as the rest of us."But while doing the audiobook... ’ There’s a chapter where I talk about being in therapy and I [made a joke] and the therapist was like, ‘But Gabby, peel the onion.
I think they try their best, but they carry all the ways their parents hurt them. ’ And then I was reading the book while doing the audiobook and I was like ‘Goddamn Gabby, peel the onion! Hopefully, I did a pretty good job of writing in my voice as best as possible. Can a fairy just come down and move my life three years forward to the point where I am married and pregnant?
And it’s inevitable that when I have children I’ll figure out a way to hurt them by accident [laughs]. But even then, if you don’t share my sense of humor, you don’t know what’s a joke and what’s not. I use bad grammar sometimes on purpose because that serves the joke. You get the joke because you hear it in my voice better than you can probably read them.