Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson has a lot of new ventures she’s taking on. On top of being a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and guest-starring on SMASH, Hudson is balancing motherhood, keeping in shape and working on a new album. On her son David Otunga Jr.beign an industry baby: “He had a passport and an Oscar pass […]
Jennifer Hudson is glammed up for the January 2014 issue of Essence magazine.
The Black Nativity star chatted with the magazine about her upcoming album, her new outlook on life and more.
On her new view on life since turning the big 3-0:
“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.”
On her singing career:
“I learned that I am a musician and I am an artist, and they are two different things completely. It’s one thing to be a musician, where as before I was just a vocalist. Now I’m tapping into myself being a musician and an artist. So I feel like you will find that on this next album.”
On her upcoming album:
“The Jennifer sound is still very soulful and very musician and driven I must say. The music feels like live band, full of tracks. And as far as personality, I feel like it’s more of me coming through since I’ve been writing more. So you’re hearing more from my perspective more so than from someone writing for me and telling me to sing. It’s more like my expression as a person and as a musician as well. And this time around it’s more about lifting people up more so than ‘I’m going to sing you this song and sing it to perfection’ but again it’s more about lifting everyone up.”
Jennifer Hudson sat down with Daily Mail (a UK-based publication) to dish on her new svelte body, how her weight has changed her career, motherhood and dealing with disappointment. JHud also did a high fashion shoot for the publication, which you can find below. Check out some of the highlights from her interview below.
JHud on if she agree that the odds are against plus-size women in the entertainment industry:
‘No, because I was doing OK before,’ Jennifer says. ‘But the truth is, so many more opportunities open up when you’re on the other side, as I am now. I’d no idea what I was missing out on. It’s like a whole other world. Suddenly every designer wants to dress you. It’s like, “You look amazing! Please, choose a dress. Have a bag. And what about shoes?” I mean, wow!’
‘When I found out I was pregnant and went for the scan, he was so very little. To have that memory fresh in my mind and yet to now have this boy with me, dancing and laughing…’
Jennifer Hudson helped celebrate f Disney’s new Disney Dream cruise ship on Jan. 19 in Orlando.
Hudson posed alongside Walt Disney Company president and CEO Robert A. Iger , Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Thomas O. Staggs and a ceremonial bottle of Champagne at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new cruise ship.
The Dreamgirls actress also dished on details of her wedding to David Otunga and their relationship as a whole.
On her wedding dress and wedding details:
“Everything is already set. We already have our wedding bands and everything made, and Neil Lane made them. I designed [my dress] myself. I did. It has its own show. It is a show, so it has to have its own moment with special lighting and everything, and theme music. Oh, I am so serious. It’s white. That’s the color, in keeping with tradition. Baby came first, but hey.
Oh my God, [planning] is so hard, and then the bride has to make all the decisions, and that’s a lot of pressure. It’s like ‘I don’t know what I want!’
One minute I wanted this huge, grand wedding, and now I’m like ‘I don’t know that I want it so big.’ I have to make up my mind again. We’ll have to wait and see, but I know I’ll be wearing Neil Lane.”
David, Jr. will look just like his father in his tux. So cute. I’ll have both my Davids. Maybe he’ll walk Mommy down the aisle. That would be so cute!”
On her and David’s “Punk and Punky’s” adventuresome relationship
“We’re two big, giant kids, and we have the best time together. We call it our Punk and Punky adventures. [laughs] That’s how we are. I think we complement each other well. He’s a genius, he’s super smart, and I think he’s the perfect man for me.
That’s the thing – you never know [what adventures]. We’ll just get up, and then there’s the day, and we’ll have no idea what’s going to happen, but we end up not like on this winding, never-ending journey, like ‘OK, what are we doing? What’s happening today?’ but it’s like we’re friends first, and we enjoy each other’s company, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s us together. These adventures are random, he snatches me out of bed, like ‘let’s go!’ It’s like ‘ohh! Where are we going?’ It’s like we’re on the David roller coaster. [laughs].”
Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, her son David Otunga Jr. posed with Sir Elton John at the Andre Agassi Foundation’s Grand Slam For Children Benefit Concert at the Wynn Las Vegas on October 9, 2010 in in Las Vegas, NV. John and Hudson were two of the many guests at the event. Hudson once again gave a stellar performance that wowed the crowd. View some pictures from her performance below.
Photos by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Jennifer Hudson and son David Otunga Jr., are featured in the latest issue of Fashion Magazine. Hudson recently moved back to her hometown, Chicago, so David Jr. could be closer to his extended family.
This is what Hudson had to say to Fashion Magazine about her little tike:
With the baby growing up, we want him to be around our family. We feel so secluded. Both David and I are the babies of the family, and we want to be home with our families as well.
I have got the sweetest little baby in the world. He just got two new teeth, so he smiles with them now – he pokes them out there, like, ‘Look at my teeth’.”
Singer Jennifer Hudson was seen at LAX flashing her ginormous engagement ring to the paparazzi. Rumor has it that Hudson and her fiance David Otunga have set a wedding date. Not only that, it seems as though Ms. Hudson has also found her dress!