‘A Lot Of People Said The Same About Dreamgirls’ Jennifer Hudson Speaks On ‘Winnie’ Critics

September 6, 2013  |  

Many people questioned Jennifer Hudson’s capabilities when they learned that she’d been cast to play Winnie Mandela in biopic, Winnie. However, JHud told HipHollywood that she’s not too busy concerning herself with those who doubt her because folks said the same thing about her role in Dreamgirls—and we all see what a success that was. She also discussed how amazing it’s been working with talented actor Terrence Howard. Check out some excerpt from her interview below.

On the challenges of taking on her first starring role:

“Facing ‘Winnie’ was definitely the most intimidating. I mean, it’s Winnie Mandela. Just to be anywhere near that is intimidating alone, and then it was my first lead role at the same time, which was also like, daunting.”

On critics:

“Well you know, I try not to think of those things. But I always say, ‘No one knows your potential better the way you do.’ A lot of people said the same thing about ‘Dreamgirls.’ I try not to think of those things and that’s how you grow.”

On working with a pro like Terrence Howard: 

“Terrence automatically makes you raise your bar. Like at times he would be like, ‘I wanna use the language closer, let’s use the dialect. Let’s speak their language,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh God, Terrence I’m just trying t get the accent down.’He’s always pushing you and everyday he would address me as ‘Winnie.’ He would come in character all the time. I don’t think there was a time I was talking to Terrence.”

Watch JHud’s interview on page two.

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