Jennifer Hudson talks Being a Mother & Playing Aretha Franklin in New Movie with The Guardian Weekend Magazine

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Jennifer Hudson is the cover star of this week’s Guardian Weekend magazine. The musician and actress talks to the publication about her new movie Cats, being a mother and what it feels like playing Aretha Franklin in the biopic still in the works titled Respect.

On the cover, the America Idols alumni rocks a Missoni blue skirt, as a cape with a pair of silver pumps. She then switched things to a floor-length metallic dress from Hamel paired with a pair of pumps from Casedei.

On Her New Movie Cats

How do you be a cat? As a human, I sat with that forever. Then, wait a minute, I’ve got to sing Memory? Hoo! As a cat. It was the most bizarre – not in a bad way – and a unique experience. I was like, what do I do? Especially with a character like Grizabella. I feel like she’s the heart of the story.

On Being a Mother

I’d go from chair to chair. I never have anything to do outside of just being a mom. When I’m working, I have about 10 or 20 people talking to me at one time, and a dozen things going on. Then I go home and it’s, like, still. Just still. I appreciate the quiet and simplicity.

On Playing Aretha Franklin

I think I’m in shock. You all for real? It’s happening now. I’d be like, are you all trying to kill me? It’s all about timing and being prepared and if I was 20-anything, I would be like, I’m sorry, I love you and all, but no.

Click here for the cover story in The Guardian Weekend.

Credits:
Photography: @dylancoulter
Styling: @waymanandmicah @swa_agency
Set & prop styling: @grahamlott
Hair: @kiyahwright1
Makeup: @adamburrell @theonly.agency
AD: @maggie_b_murphy
Photo editors: @huntforcaroline @kateedwa
Editor: @melissa_denes

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