The 'American Idol' contestant decided to use her singing career to help launch her acting career. The first role she gained was in the film adaptation of the musical 'Dreamgirls.' She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. Since then she has appeared in several movies such as 'Winnie' and 'The Secret Life of Bees', and she has recently scored a role on the show 'Smash.'—XFINITY Music Staff
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