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It’s nothing like a sexy gown and some Beyoncé to get a woman to cut up. Don’t believe me? Go to a party and ask the DJ to play anything from her catalog and I promise you, a majority of the women around you will start acting like they were in the music video.

She just has that effect on people, including celebrities. For Throwback Thursday, Gabourey Sidibe shared video of herself dancing and hilariously doing runs to Beyoncé’s “Countdown.” She does all of this while posing for a photo shoot done for Refinery29, so the star is sporting a beat face, full curls and a long satin gown by Forever 21. Even in her most glamorous moments, the very funny Empire star can’t help but make you laugh:

And shout out to the 34-year-old for directing her first film project, The Tale of Four, which is what the photo shoot was promoting. It’s inspired by Nina Simone’s song, “Four Women,” and follows four women in one day, including singer Ledisi and actress Aisha Hinds, whose lives are all connected through struggle.

She told Variety that when Refinery29 approached her with the opportunity to direct a short film, she initially didn’t think the stories she would want to tell would be deemed important enough. It wasn’t until she started working on The Tale of Four that she realized just how truly important her voice and the voice of women who look like her is.

“It turns out my voice is good enough and important enough and is also missing, which is why this program is important,” she said. “I didn’t believe in my voice, because I didn’t really have space for it. And now I’m just a better person. It’s not about being a better artist or better filmmaker. I realized my own completeness, my own wholeness, through Refinery.”

Love it! Keep glowing, Gabby.

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