An interview with W Magazine revealed that Taraji auditioned to be in Precious, but not for the role she wanted. "Lee wanted me for the thin, pretty teacher in Precious . . . And I was like, 'Well, I want to play Precious — because that's the role in this piece.' Lee thought I was nuts. I was like, 'Look, they turned Charlize Theron into a monster! I could be this girl!' When I think about that now, it was such a Cookie move.”
At One Point, She Really Thought She Could Nail the Role of Precious
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