Drew Sidora is the latest addition to the Real Housewives of Atlanta family. The establish actress has been hard at work for decades as an actress, singer and model before making the leap to reality television. Now as a housewife, she’s making sure to open up on her experiences in the Hollywood Machine, including a crazy encounter with Nicki Minaj shortly after having her first child.
If she looks familiar, its because she’s been all over our screen since the early 00’s. Sidora appeared in insanely successful and popular film White Chicks before scoring a recurring role on Disney Channel’s original series That’s So Raven. Roles in Girlfriends, The Game, Step Up and Motives followed. SIdora’s biggest role to date was her starring in the VH1 film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, as lead singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.
As a singer, Sidora contributed songs to the Step Up Soundtrack entitled “For The Love” and “Til The Dawn” in 2006. Her ambitions for pop stardom lead to her signing a deal with Trick Daddy’s Slip-n-Slide Records in December 2008. In 2010, the album’s first single titled “Juke It” was released. She’s also appeared in several other artists videos over the years. She played Trey Songz’s love interest in the video for “Last Time” of the album Trey Day. She also made an appearance in Yung Berg’s “Sexy Lady” video as his girlfriend and danced in Sean Paul’s “Give it up to me” video. In 2017, she featured on the Three Can Play That Game soundtrack with a song entitled “Three Can Play”.
One role that Sidora was not able to secure was that of Nicki Minaj in an untitled ABC pilot that never came to fruition. Speaking with her Housewife cast member Kandi Burruss on her YouTube series Speak on It, Sidora opened up about not getting the role and the feedback she got from Minaj.
“So, I was up for an ABC family series, a Nicki Minaj pilot. And Nicki herself said that. She said I don’t look how I looked when I played T-Boz,” Sidora recalls. “I was like, ‘Nicki!’ It was like, all these ABC execs around but I had gone through about five rounds. And she really, really liked me.”
“And then she said that in front of all of these [executives],” she recalls shocked. “It is was it is. I was like, ‘Look, I just had a baby.’ I think at the time my baby was like 3 months old, I was literally still breastfeeding.”
Sidora went on to state that she took Minaj’s feedback as “constructive criticism” and “advice” to begin losing weight. “What I took away was, ‘Girl, get your life together. Get back in the gym. You can’t keep blaming it on the baby and get to work,’ ” she told Burruss. “Like, yes, I had a baby, let’s not body shame, but it did give me that motivation. So I turned it into lemonade like let’s get in the gym and really get my career back. So, I’ve been on a journey of weight loss and just getting back to good health.”