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Jennifer Hudson On How She Got Over Her Nerves About Playing Aretha Franklin
August 16, 2021
Portraying one of the greatest singers of all time on screen is no easy feat, particularly in the hypercritical age of social media. Even with the subject’s stamp of approval, Jennifer Hudson, whose turn as the Queen of Soul in RESPECT will debut in theaters tomorrow, admits portraying Aretha Franklin was no easy undertaking.
“Nerves come with all of that and anxiety,” Hudson tells ESSENCE. “During filming, you can’t be your best when you’re focused on something like that. But now those things are hitting me. I’m like, ‘Oh Lord, What in the world?’”