As a kid, I was super skinny.
– Amber Riley
I love myself.
Everyone needs a creative outlet to express themselves, and the arts in school provides that.
I always say as a celebrity you have two choices – you can be a celebrity, or you can be a role model. You can choose to just go to parties and do the red carpets and all that, or you can choose to be an example to these people.
My parents always instilled knowing that your beautiful, that your fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you know who you are.
I don’t ever feel like anybody knows who I am.
I want to encourage young women to stand up for each other and speak up when they see others in a tough situation.
I dreamed really big when I was little.
I worked at Ikea as a customer service rep for two years and loved it.
I auditioned for ‘American Idol’ at 17. They told me, ‘No.’
I never wanted to play a character that hated herself. I wanted people to know that those aren’t the only roles for people like me, normal girls.
As long as you are being true to yourself, you will always find happiness.
I love, love, love Michael Jackson.
Not having a private life is hard.
I haven’t personally experienced bullying, but when I was in high school, I had a best friend who became a bully. I took a stand and took it upon myself to separate from her. I couldn’t be associated with her because it wasn’t the type of person I wanted to be.
Back in high school, I went on dates, but I was too focused on my career. My parents were like, ‘It’s nice to have a boyfriend, but it’s even nicer to own your house when you’re 21.’
I’m a little bit of a germophobe – not that bad!
I love Adele, I want her to be my best friend. She could come to the U.S., live with me and sing to me every morning.
I am so girly. I love dresses.
Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is.
Being the person I am, you know, the size I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there’s not a lot of roles for us.
I’ve always been comfortable with my size.
My friends tell me I’m the most boring celebrity they know! A typical night for me is at home in California or watching movies in my pyjamas.
When I receive letters from girls that say, ‘You give me confidence,’ I think, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’ That’s my goal: to let people know it’s truly what’s on the inside that counts.
What is the use in being a celebrity if you can’t use the platform to help?
I have great friends around me that are positive and I think that’s the key to life is making your own path. Set your own rules because there is no set rule, there is no set look, there is no set anything. You make your own rules in your life. You make your own decisions.