“You Have To Constantly Do Stuff To Keep People’s Attention:” Jennifer Hudson Talks Maintaining Fame

December 2, 2013  |  


Nine years ago, America fell in love with the icon Jennifer Hudson was destined to be, despite sending her home from “American Idol” in 2004. Almost 10 years later, Hudson has proven her talent to be expendable with a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar under her belt as weland album sales in the millions. J. Hud spirit is never defeated nor does it take no for an answer. Her humbleness is quite honest with no shame. In an interview with Net-A-Porter, Jennifer Hudson reminisced on winning an Academy Award, she  stated:

“I didn’t know what the Oscars was…where we come from, we don’t know anything about that world. If you see it on TV, it’s like, “Oh, people in fancy suits and ties.”

Besides being star-struck with her own success, Hudson, much like Kerry Washington, notes she gained her “it” factor through weight loss.  Hudson often compares weight-loss and fame to one another, saying:

“It’s one thing to lose it, but it’s another to keep it off. Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”

J Hud’s flawless work ethic allowed her to be crowned by Whitney Houston before she passed. The international diva told Hudson during their first meeting: “I turn my torch over to you; you are The One.” After receiving Houston’s blessings, Jennifer Hudson said she only plans to refine her work ethic. With he straight-forward attitude, she notes everything she has, she worked for. She plans to teach her son as he grows that anything is possible- you just have to do a little bit of everything to master your crafts.

Below is a behind-the-scenes clip of  J.Hud’s editorial spread with Net-A-Porter! What do you think?

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  • manonyme

    well, i’m not ‘in the biz’, but i’ve been down wit jennifer since “spotlight” i actually just finished playing it on YT…but if her aim is to maintain her fame, then how bout giving us a lil smthng?? can we get a single or a collabo with someone (mary j. perhaps?) the music will end up being her mainstay. (let’s be serious. she won her OSCAR for singing, not particularly for acting)
    if she needs help, consult her friend Bey…she has managed an entire WORLD TOUR w/out having a full album to promote. she mainly has ‘grown woman’ to do, but she’s out there ”makin it happen”…so i’m still waiting. . .

  • lockstress

    When you start chasing “FAME” that’s when you go downhill.
    First of all she hasn’t been around enough to talk about “fame”.
    The “fame” you speak of is “infamy”. Remember…you were the black girl that one the Oscar for 1 movie. But it wasn’t until (no disrespect) you family was murdered and plastered everywhere did you get your “fame”.
    Something sinister is seriously going on in Hollyweird.

  • FromUR2UB

    Love her singing, but she hasn’t been around that long. Ask the legends who are still drawing crowds after decades in the business, how they maintain fame.

    • angie

      the icons who have been around for a long came out during a different time period. The focus was more on the music, in this generation with the internet and people becoming famous for basically doing nothing ( Kim Kardashian, all the other reality show starts) it is hard for true talent to stay relevant. The focus isn’t even about music anymore it’s about how someone looks, what they are wearing, or who you are dating. With black artist it’s even harder I mean Adele is talent but people overreacted with her songs. I mean Jill scoot has been out for years has an amazing voice sing’s about the same stuff why isn’t she on the level like Adele. Adele has sold more in 2 years than Jill has in 10 it’s sad