Aretha Franklin said Jennifer Hudson would win Oscar for playing her

Aretha Franklin might have handed away again in 2018, however her spirit lives on by way of Jennifer Hudson. The Oscar-winning actress sat down with “CBS Sunday Morning” to talk about her function because the legendary singer in her biopic, “Respect.”

Hudson, 39, mentioned with interviewer Kelefa Sanneh her friendship with the Queen of Soul, the method of embodying the late music icon and the way she believed that Hudson would win the Oscar for the function.

“The very very first thing Aretha stated to me once we sat down was, ‘You’re going to win an Oscar for taking part in me, proper?’” Hudson stated. “I didn’t know what to say.” The “American Idol” winner beforehand received the Oscar for her function as Effie in 2006’s musical, “Dreamgirls.”

She then added that Franklin was so impressed together with her portrayal of Effie that she handpicked her to play her in a future biopic. Hudson and the “Respect” crooner stayed in contact eight years later and spoke weekly up till Franklin’s demise.

Aretha Franklin was impressed by Jennifer Hudson’s function within the 2006 musical “Dreamgirls.”
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Sanneh and Hudson had been in a position to go to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, collectively, the place they went to see Fame Recording Studios for the primary time.  The musically sacred floor is a spot the place many followers consider Franklin discovered to make use of her unimaginable voice that led her to grow to be a legend.

“You’ll be able to really feel, like, the magic I really feel like that’s taken place,” Hudson defined concerning the studios. “Look, and Aretha over right here. Okay, maintain on. Oh my God. Okay.”  
“Respect” offers with a lot of the enjoyment and ache Franklin skilled in her lengthy life. Hudson revealed she drew on her own tragedies to assist inform Franklin’s story. 

The Queen of Soul handpicked Hudson to play her within the biopic.

In 2008, the “Intercourse and the Metropolis: The Film” actress’ mom, Darnell Donnerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson, had been discovered shot to demise inside their Chicago dwelling. Her older sister Julia’s son Julian was reported lacking after the crime and was discovered lifeless three days later. Julia’s estranged husband, William Balfour, was charged with the murders.

“There’s no manner I’d have been in a position to ship this or inform this in such an sincere, susceptible method to these depths with out my very own life expertise to channel it from,” Hudson continued.

On Friday, the movie launched a clip of Hudson because the soulful singer acting at Madison Sq. Backyard.

“Respect” hits theaters on August 13 and in addition stars the skills of Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald and Mary J. Blige

Hudson and costar Mary J. Blige share the large display in “Respect.”
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Linh is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Linh joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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