Mariah Carey on Her Precious Make-Under: "I Felt Completely Rancid!"

11/02/2009 at 04:44 PM ET

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Moviegoers may be taken aback by Mariah Carey’s decidedly glammed-down turn in the film Precious as a dowdy social worker, and the singer herself had an even stronger reaction the first time she looked in the mirror. “I felt completely rancid!” Carey told PEOPLE at the film’s premiere at the AFI Audi Film Festival. But because the novel that the movie is based on “changed my life,” she gave herself over to director Lee Daniels’ vision for the character’s un-made-up look. “He said ‘We have a part and we really need someone, and I know you can do it,’” the singer explained. ‘”But you’re going to need to let me make you under and over and over again, and that’s what we’re gonna do.’ So I’m a big fan of Sapphire and the book Push which inspired this movie, and a huge fan of Lee Daniels so I let him do what he wanted to do.” Although it took time to adjust to the lack of grooming, Carey said the look helped her achieve a performance that’s now garnering glowing reviews. “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!’ You know what I mean? 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.” And now that she’s back to her usual high-glam self, Carey’s moved past the trauma of the first glimpse in the mirror. “I’ve gotten over it,” she laughed, before turning to her husband Nick Cannon for some reassurance. “Have I gotten over it? “A little bit,” he grinned, telling reporters he had no problem with his wife’s makeunder. “I love her in every look — always!” –Scott Huver

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Whitney on

Mariah looks like tiny ( ti’s girlfriend) without make up. But I love u Mimi !! =)

Echaz on

Congratulations. Anyway, I can’t wait to see the movie.

antorr Allison on

I hope you don’t feel like ordinary people are rancid?I been a fan forever. Don’t break my heart

alisha on

u still look great! also as a dude in obseed uideo been a fan since day one! keep up the good work!

Oslyn on

wat a great and inspiring movie that is, love it!!!

Tahirah Love on

Everybody needs a taste of reality, thats why there is so much negativity everything isn’t always GLAMOROUS

ctoinoc on

So . . . . .

the truth really comes out now, Ms. Carey. For the majority of us hard working, humble women in the U.S. who work everyday and are not nearly in the class that you are in . . . we are rancid???? And your portrayal an everyday woman made you feel humiliated?? Wow . . . how shallow and pathetic you are. If you don’t gain nothing else but an ounce of appreciation for those of us who have bought your music with our hard earned dollars, supported you for so long . . . then you’ve missed the point of the role you played. You need to rethink your comments, Ms. Carey.

Kathy on

Give me a break.she said her character was rancid looking not saying “real people” were rancid! Yet again always got 2 B some haters around the corner.obviously the person who wrote that comment never knew how much her family struggled 2 make ends meet & that she grew up poor!

silkie on

I, THINK SHE FORGOT WHERE SHE CAME FROM A PERSON THAT HAD 1 DRESS & 1 PAIR OF SHOES AND LOOKED LIKE SHE ROLLED HER HAIR WITH FIRE CRACKERS IN VISION OF LOVE VIDEO YOU CAME IN DA’ GAME RANCID B***H PLEAS!!!!!!!!!E BEFORE ALL THE WORK YOU GOT DONE YOU LOOKED JUST LIKE SISSY WHO PLAYED CARRIE

Vichina Austin on

I am really looking forward to seeing this film. I love Mariah because she’s a Barbie like me (by Barbie I mean diva). People tell me all the time that I don’t seem like much of a diva though, just a perfectionist. I also love Mariah because of her musical genius… She may not be smart academically(one thing we don’t have in common), but this extraordinary human is genius when it comes to music(one thing we do have in common). I am loving the remake on her new album.”I Want To Know What Love Is” was my moms favorite song back in the day.People please don’t take what she said offensively, you have to think about her life before fame. There’s a possibility that the character she was playing brang back memories from her past that made her feel uncomfortable. What she said is true…we do need to be more humble.I would like to say that we all as people need to learn to look at things from other peoples pount of view. Although people like Mariah are celebrities, they are indeed regular people. Majority of celebrities have all these luxurious things but what I’ve heard is that the better you do with your career the more your personal life falls apart. On the inside I weep for celebrities who will never know the meanong of true happiness. As Mariah is one of my favorite artists, I hope that she is one of the few who can maintain a progressive career and also find stability in life.

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