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“When I’m Ready To Be Married, I Will Be Married”: Jennifer Hudson Says Stop Worrying About Her Engagment
We told you recently that the beautiful Jennifer Hudson is the face on the cover of Essence’s January issue. While she opened up about playing Winnie Mandela in the film of the same name, as well as her role as a drug-addicted mother in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, she also touched on her engagement to David Otunga. The couple has been engaged since September of 2008, and recently there were rumors that they tied the knot, but both of them confirmed that no such thing has taken place. So in the issue, she answered questions about what’s going on with her wedding date and why she’s not rushing to walk down the aisle after five years of their engagement and a son with the man she says she just loves being with in the issue. Here’s what she had to say about all that from her interview with Essence:
Back in 2012, when Oprah Winfrey interviewed the couple, she pried a time frame out of them–the big day would happen sometime in 2014. Based on that estimate, the sound of wedding bells should at last begetting closer, but if they are, Hudson isn’t exactly running her mouth about it. “Yes, there was a date set, and that date has come around again every year,” she says. “In fact, the date may keep rolling around.”
“We’ve never broken up,” she says. “When I’m ready to be married, I will be married. It’s that simple. Everyone should just chill. Our relationship is very strong. We’re both huge family people, and I’m only going to get married once. So I’m not rushing into anything.”
There you have it! What do you make of Hudson’s response to all the rumors about her relationship? Is there anything wrong with taking your time with an engagement, or is it a sign that one party isn’t really ready to marry the other?
Although the Langston Hughes story-turned-musical Black Nativity didn’t fair well at the box office, its lead actress Jennifer Hudson is still pushing forward with a chic cover on Essence Magazine‘s January 2014 issue. Rocking a smoky smize and slighted parted flirty lips in baby pink, Hudson appears to be debuting a whole new Jennifer.
In issue, J Hud speaks on preparing for the role of a lifetime as Nelson Mandela’s wife Winnie in Winnie Mandela, recounting how she mastered a South African accent.
“I was so nervous about doing a good job that I started working on the accent a couple of months before I even got there,” she said.
Besides learning how to linguistically sound like a native of South Africa, Hudson spoke on her fears of leaving her son and fiancée, David Otunga, to film abroad. Despite battling the distance and homesickness, Hudson still managed to own her role as Mandela’s wife because she felt Winnie’s story needed to be told. She said:
“So much was done to suppress Winnie’s voice, to keep her quiet. Winnie’s story needed to be told.”
When she wasn’t mastering the life of Winnie Mandela, Jennifer Hudson was prepping for another challenging role as Gloria, a prostitute addicted to heroin, in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. Of the role, Hudson says:
“It was a huge stretch for me to play Gloria. The drugs, the tattoos, the prostitution—her life is so different from my own.”
The product of her performance left audience members stunned and boosted Hudson’s film credentials. Though 2013 was already an outstanding year for Jennifer Hudson, 2014 is already proving to be more successful. Hudson plans to return to her first love, music, with a new album expected in the early part of the year. For her fourth album, Hudson collaborated with our favorite producers Pharrel and Timbaland. She notes:
“I spent my twenties figuring out what I wanted to do, and trying everything. But by 30, my foundation was set. I became confident and clear about the path I wanted to take…Now I’ve really settled into myself. And I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.”
Below is a behind-the-scenes peek of Hudson’s interview with Essence. What do you think about her cover?
I was seriously thinking about going to see Black Nativity this weekend. With no set plans for my Saturday afternoon or Sunday evening, I thought, ‘what a better way to get into the holiday spirit than to go see a holiday musical with gospel music and Angela Bassett?’ I mean, it is Angela Bassett, and the movie is based on the play of the same name by Langston Hughes. Yeah, I had all this on my mind, but then I was reminded of the following:
I can’t stand musicals of any kind.
There are some that I’ve been able to sit through without my face completely turned up, but I’ve found that I ask out loud “WHY DO THEY HAVE TO SING EVERYTHING!? JUST TALK!” at least a few times out loud in most musical films. That might explain why my friends weren’t too fond of sitting next to me when we saw Dreamgirls since I huffed and puffed through a few different parts. So with that, I stayed home and caught up on my shows before heading into the city to do some Christmas shopping. While the movie wasn’t necessarily for me, I thought it might appeal to others since one of my colleagues saw an early screening of the film and said she enjoyed it.
But according to Shadow and Act, that was not the case. Very few people saw it. In fact, most people must have either stuck to shopping, or spent their ducats on helping Hunger Games: Catching Fire have another triumphant weekend at the box office. Not only did Black Nativity not debut in the top five, it came in at number eight and only made $5 million, despite being made for $17.5 million. Hell, Best Man Holiday showed better (number four) after more than a week in cinemas.
So why didn’t you see it? In a funny yet serious piece for Shadow and Act, writer Sergio had quite a few ideas of why the movie wasn’t a banger, and one thing I could agree with most was that the promotions for the film didn’t explain enough (other than the fact that you were going to see a musical), and the trailer came off mad corny:
Despite the mostly very positive reviews, the film got stuck with a bland poster that said nothing, and the trailer made the film look like a very old fashioned, cornball picture, which also didn’t give a real idea of what the film was. Was it a musical, a drama or none of those? And seeing Mary J. Blige with wings and that awful white afro wig sure didn’t help matters at all.
Say that. If anybody asked me what I knew about the film before its release, I would just sing the following: “This ain’t livin’! I got a mouth to feed, but I can’t make these ends meet…” Of course, this is what we heard out of Jennifer Hudson’s mouth within the first few seconds of one of the few TV spots. Oh yeah, that and young actor Jacob Latimore saying, “It’s time to forgive!” with a great deal of passion/angst in his face. Yeah, that’s not all that enticing.
Despite all the film possibly had to offer, I never knew what exactly to expect, and it seems that other moviegoers didn’t either. And what we did know (struggling daughter estranged from her traditional parents after having a child young sends said child to stay with them for the holidays while she gets her life together), sounded like a plot we’d all seen or heard before. And yes, I’m still mad at Mary and that wig. Plus, as Sergio pointed out, there were very few other people, white folks included, who were going to jump at the chance to see a movie called “Black Nativity”–emphasis on black. We really were all this movie had to make a strong impression in theaters.
Despite the major names in Academy-Award winners Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, as well as the star power and strong acting chops of Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, even they couldn’t draw you to theaters, as the movie might have been better suited for a Lifetime network holiday event since it didn’t receive much backing or promotion from famous black folks with influence (like Oprah, as was pointed out).
You still have a chance to check out the movie, as it just came out on Wednesday, but do you really want to? I’m sure that if you didn’t see it during a holiday weekend you probably won’t at all. But what kept or keeps you from spending your money to support the movie?
“You Have To Constantly Do Stuff To Keep People’s Attention:” Jennifer Hudson Talks Maintaining Fame
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?
Was There Beef With Beyoncé On The Set Of ‘Dreamgirls?’ J-Hud Sets The Record Straight Once And For All
Secret beef between Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson has been like an urban legend in the entertainment world since the two dynamic singers starred side-by-side in Paramount Pictures’ 2006 remake of Dreamgirls. Now it’s hard to say where the rumors began, but it could’ve just been the stellar job that the ladies did in that scene where their characters Effie White and Deena Jones go toe-to-toe. Or it could’ve been that little perceived jab Bey threw during a 2006 interview with People.
“I knew that the character that I played wasn’t the star. She wasn’t the underdog. She didn’t have the struggle and the pain and the dramatic scenes that Effie had, and I was fine with that,” Bey said.
“It’s really unfortunate that everyone is saying I’m jealous of Jennifer. It hurts my heart because it’s so clichéd. They’re saying that I’m mad when I knew going into this that I was playing Deena because I’m a star they just automatically assume that I’m not humble enough to sit down and take a back seat, which I am,” she continued.
“I mean, I wish I could’ve gained 20 pounds and played Effie,” she concluded, admitting that she would’ve liked to have sang the film’s most famous ballad, “And I’m Telling You.”
Whether or not Bey’s response was shade or not is up for interpretation, but during a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live Jennifer Hudson also denied having any problems with her former co-star.
“There was never any rifts at all. That is still my girl to this day. I love her and we’ve always been good. Always,” J-Hud told Andy Cohen.
And there you have it.
Watch Jennifer’s interview on the next page.
Last week we reported on rumors that have been circulating about a secret wedding between Jennifer Hudson and longtime fiancée, David Otunga. The whispers began after David showed up to his soon-to-be wife’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony donning what appeared to have been a wedding band. David recently responded to our report, insisting that no wedding has taken place yet.
The Black Nativity actress also put the rumors to rest during a recent interview with Hot 97′s Angie Martinez.
“That’s a secret I don’t know nothing about. The funny thing is people are like, ‘When are you getting married?’ then the next day, ‘You’re already married?’ Then, ‘How’s your husband?’ It’s like honey ya’ll have married us off anyway, so whats the difference?” Jennifer said.
As for the ring David was wearing, Jennifer explained that he wanted to wear an engagement ring as well.
“David is a little different, let me explain. He wanted to have an engagement ring too. I got him a ring for his birthday gift. He wanted to have his own ring.[He said] “Everyone knows you’re taken but no one knows I’m taken,” and so that’s where his ring came from,” said the “Think Like A Man” singer.
And there you have it, J-Hud and David Otunga are still engaged.
Watch Jennifer’s interview on the next page. Thoughts?
Not that there’s a universal time frame placed on engagements or anything, but R&B songbird Jennifer Hudson and her fiancé, WWE star David Otunga, have been engaged for quite some time now—five years to be exact. In countless interviews, the former American Idol contestant has expressed nothing but excitement and anticipation about making things official with her longtime lover.
Yet somehow, five years later, the two have yet to tie the knot—or maybe they have! Earlier this week, the Weight Watchers spokeswoman was honored by the Hollywood Walk of Fame and given her very own star. Of course, her devoted family was there to cheer her on, including her adorable little boy David Jr. and his daddy David Sr.—who was sporting a ring on his wedding finger that seemed to drastically resemble a wedding band!
Rumor has it that after five years of wedding planning, the couple has finally tied the knot. Of course, at this point it’s pure speculation, since neither party has come forward to confirm or deny the reports. But it would certainly be a sweet way for them to kick off the holiday season. They’re such a beautiful family!
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Congrats to Jennifer Hudson.
The singer/actress just achieved another career milestone.
On Wednesday morning, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her accomplishments in the music industry.
“We are so happy to honor Jennifer Hudson with a star on the Walk of Fame. She is a great talent and a great addition to our Walk of Fame,” Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies said in a statement. “Fans from all over the world have been waiting for this special day since we announced Jennifer’s selection for the star,” Martinez added.
The now short haired Hudson unveiled the 2,512th star in the category of Recording at 6262 Hollywood Boulevard.
Legendary music exec Clive Davis also spoke at the ceremony. He spoke about Hudson’s successful rise to the top in the entertainment business over the past 10 years and compared her to two legendary singers.
“I didn’t sign her to a recording contract at the very beginning,” he recalled. “But when I saw her screen test for ‘Dreamgirls,’ I knew that she was truly a unique original artist whose career would be nothing short of spectacular so I did sign her, then … I was stunned by her acting range, she was the real deal … and that voice. I had been privileged over the years to work with two of the greatest voices of all time: Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. I never thought I’d hear another voice to compare and yet staring me in the face was a new voice that did compare. It literally sent shivers up my spine.”
Fighting back tears, Hudson later took the stage and thanked God for her success as well as her fans for their support.
“I knew I would get emotional and I’m sure my mom is in heaven like ‘Jenny stop crying’ but now’s the time to cry mama, it is,” she said with a smile, looking up to the sky. “This is an amazing honor as we all know and I did not see this coming. I’m so honored to be here with so many that I love and I feel as though we’re all a family.”
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Casting Director Shares Why Bey, J-Hud And Others Were Passed Over For Roles In ‘The Princess And The Frog’
Every once in a while we hear about actors and actresses who were up for a super popular, über coveted Hollywood roles. For example, Being Mary Jane actress Gabrielle Union has no qualms with admitting that she really wanted the role of Olivia Pope in ABC’s hit political thriller, Scandal.
“I was one of the last five or ten to audition and was absolutely eliminated, for good reason. When Kerry got it, I congratulated her,” Gabrielle said in the December issue of ESSENCE.
Learning after the fact about all of the dynamic talent that went out for certain roles, always leaves us wondering what things may or may not have been like if casting directors decided to go with someone else. In her new book, Confessions of a Casting Director, Jen Rudin dished on the casting process for filling the coveted role of Princess Tiana 2009 Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. Jen revealed that there were some pretty popular singers and actresses vying for the role of Tiana, including Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Tyra Banks.
Jen revealed that Beyoncé was actually passed up for the role partially because she felt a tad too entitled.
“Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one,”said the native New Yorker.
She went on to say that Tyra, Alicia and J-Hud were also passed over for the role for various reasons.
“Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson wanted it. Alicia Keys auditioned three times. They had to sing, so we made it clear they needed sheet music.”
“Tyra came in with a CD, but it didn’t matter because she was so pretty and nice.”
Of course, Jen ultimately decided to give the role to Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose.
“It went to Anika Noni Rose, who was the most qualified.”
We certainly agree! Anika did a stellar job as Princess Tiana.
How do you think the other ladies would’ve done as Princess Tiana?
The stars were out in Las Vegas Friday night for the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards. Hosted by actor Anthony Anderson, the focus for this year’s awards show has been to make it as much fun as possible. Now, the show doesn’t actually air until December 1st (on Centric and BET) so we don’t know if they succeeded; however, we know how they looked. Check out some of the photos from the red carpet on the next two pages!