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.”
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Hudson shares how it felt to play Winnie Mandela and what she has in store for fans with her new album.
On playing Winnie Mandela:
“It was intimidating to play Winnie after seeing how much she means to the people there,” says Hudson. “To some she’s an angel and to some she’s Satan, but either way, woo! The strength that woman possesses is amazing. We put so much into the story, and it took a lot out of us.”
On her role in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete:
“It terrified me to play that part because I had no reference point.” “I’m 31 and I’ve never, ever, ever had a drink or done a drug in my entire life. I stick with Diet Coke and Crystal Light and water.” Instead, two recovering addicts who shared their stories and taught her the mannerisms of users coached the actress. “That was extremely brave of them,” Hudson says. “They’re sitting there, telling me all these things about being incarcerated and losing their children—and who am I? I’m still a stranger to them.”
On still not being used to being in the spotlight:
“It’s strange when you’re, like, grown, and you can’t go places by yourself,” says Hudson. “I’ll literally be sitting in a quiet room waiting for the next thing to happen, thinking, ‘Are they coming to get me yet?’ My baby doesn’t understand why I can’t go here or there with him, because I don’t want to put him in a bad position.” She continues, “I always look at everyday people and think: They have no idea how blessed they are; how good they have it that they can do whatever they choose.”
On her upcoming album:
“This record is not about me playing a part or me as a spokesperson. Should I give away the title?” She adds, “Let’s just say you’re gonna get Jennifer-ized.”