Pop star Beyonce Knowles was thrilled when she finished filming DREAMGIRLS, because she could finally eat fried food again after starving herself for six months. The 24-year-old star lost 20 pounds (9 kilograms), to play the super-svelte DEENA JONES, the lead singer of THE DREAMETTES - a 1960s style group, loosely based on DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES. Knowles lived on a diet of water with cayenne pepper to shed the excess weight and was happy to return to her famously curvy figure when shooting ended. She explains, "It was so difficult. I was starving for six months, but I made it through." "I don't look like me at all in the film, which was the point. But immediately the next day I ate fried chicken, fried fish, French fries - anything fried - and the weight started to come on really fast and easy!"