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Chicago actress Drew Sidorlanded role T-Boz pioneering girl group TLC VHS-1's eagerly anticipated biopic group airing October. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Chicago actress Drew Sidora landed the role of T-Boz of the pioneering girl group TLC in VHS-1's eagerly anticipated biopic on the group airing in October. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

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MCDONALD’S
THANKSGIVING
PARADE

When: 8-11 a.m. Thursday

Where: State Street between Congress and Randolph

Admission : Free

Info: chicagofestivals.org

Updated: April 14, 2014 4:48PM



Heels aren’t the most sensible footwear option for the grand marshal of the 80th annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, but Drew Sidora Jordan (stage name: Drew Sidora) might wear them anyway. The Flossmoor starlet is helming Thursday’s festivities. You probably know her best from her high-profile turn portraying T-Boz in the VH1 biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” or perhaps from the dance flick “Step Up.” No matter how you know her, this ordained deacon, mother, singer and Rich Central grad is ready to rep the Chi.

Q. What will you wear? Who is styling you?

A. It’s hard to be really cute when you’re cold, so I connected with a stylist from Chicago, Pierre Miller. I’m really excited because Pierre sent me lots of warm looks, including knee-high boots. I’m not usually a heel girl, but for the sake of being cute and being warm at the same time, I might [wear them]. It’ll be cold, but I’ll be wrapped up real tight.

Q. What are your favorite holiday traditions?

A. Everything centers around food. We cook a lot. We bake homemade cookies on Christmas Eve.

Q. You have a charity that supports the Roseland community and you’re active in church. Are you “too real” for Hollywood?

A. I’ve seen a lot of good things and a lot of the bad of what Hollywood can bring. At the end of the day, I’ve found that when you try and fit in, that’s a way to go crazy; you kind of lose yourself. I’m sometimes the different one at the table, but I don’t care.

Q. Speaking of real, I hear [record label exec] Pebbles is upset about the negative portrayal of her character in the TLC biopic. Thoughts?

A. Well, I feel like the truth never needs defending. The way I took it was more inspiring. I respect Pebbles as a businesswoman. If it wasn’t for the TLC story, many artists would not have smartened up and you wouldn’t have the Lil Waynes and people with their own labels. I just think she took it the wrong way.

Q. Will you miss your own Thanksgiving Day dinner?

A. Obviously dinner is a tradition, but this is for a good cause and being a part of this is worth switching it up a little bit. We usually host Thanksgiving at my parents house. Everybody in my family is like, “You messed up Thanksgiving this year, so it’s on you to figure it out!”

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