How "Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Holliday got over online trolls

Singer and actress Jennifer Holliday.

Singer and actress Jennifer Holliday.

Original Dreamgirl” star Jennifer Holliday urges fans to “make an ugly face” and tag her on social media.

Holliday, who lives in Atlanta, says in a video posted on  her Instagram account Monday that people used to give her the blues about the faces she made whenever she performed her amazing  hit, “And I’m Telling You (I’m Not Going).”

“I know a lot of people on the internet make fun and ridicule the ugly facial expressions I make when I sign my signature song,” said the Grammy and Tony winner, as she stood  in front of the Imperial Theater, where the show opened over 35 years ago.

“It used to hurt me, but now I count it all joy and I’m laughing with them.”

She then breaks out in song.


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Holliday, who played Effie White in the hit musical, just wrapped a Broadway revival of "The Color Purple" and is now doing concert dates through the summer.  She was in New York to see "On Your Feet,” the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Here’s Holliday performing the classic during the 1982 Tony Awards.

“Happy May everybody and make an ugly face and tag me,” she said.