Jennifer Hudson on Playing Aretha Franklin in New Film Respect: ‘It Still Feels Like She’s in Me’

 

Jennifer Hudson on Playing Aretha Franklin in new movie name “it still feels like she is in me“. Not many actors can say they have been hand-picked by an icon to painting them in the movie. Jennifer Hudson is one such actor. The Oscar-winner and gifted singer, 38, is ready to mild up the large display as of late music legend Aretha Franklin within the upcoming biopic Respect, due out in December. Filming the function, she says, is a dream come true.

“Again, in April 2003, I acquired to open up for her in Merrillville, Indiana, the place she held a live performance. That was earlier than Dreamgirls earlier than I ever dreamed of taking part in her in the future,” Hudson, 38, tells PEOPLE on this week’s difficulty. “I’ve gotten to pay tribute to her many occasions since then. However, each time is like the first time.”

“Jennifer could also be some of the proficient folks I’ve ever labored with,” director Liesl Tommy says of Jennifer

 

Hudson did simply that in this previous weekend’s 40th BET Awards ceremony, for which she carried out Franklin’s rendition of Nina Simone’s protest track “Younger, Gifted and Black,” earlier than debuting the trailer for Respect. Through the efficiency, she additionally confirmed off a brand new talent she picked up whereas prepping for her latest function.

“I began piano classes,” she says of simply one of many methods she acquired into character. “Aretha acquired me again in music college. It is nonetheless a course of, however the movie has made me extra keen about studying an instrument and expressing myself musically.”

 

Now, months after filming, the expertise nonetheless sticks with Hudson. “I nonetheless really feel like she’s in me, I actually do,” she says of Franklin. “I simply hope to satisfy her requests. You suppose you respect Aretha, however when you see the movie, and also you study her story, you possibly can’t assist however have a newfound respect for her.”

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