Jennifer Hudson may not have won the third season of American Idol many moons ago, but she is definitely winning in her life as it stands now. J. Hud is one of the rare singers whose acting chops come closely equal to her powerful voice. When word spread about her role as Winnie Mandela in the biopic Winnie, we were excited to see what the Oscar winning singer could do with the role of the anti-apartheid historical figure. Alongside Terrence Howard who plays Nelson Mandela it looks like J. Hud may have nailed it.
Hudson is skilled in portraying emotion, think back to her role in Dreamgirls. Despite (the real) Winnie Mandela’s feelings that it was disrespectful to make the movie and not consult her, it seems as if J. Hud put her all in to getting this portrayal right, hopefully making Ms. Mandela proud. Not only is Hudson showing off her acting skills in Winnie, she’s also joining Idol alum Katharine McPhee on season two of Smash. It’s official–J. Hud is taking over a television and movie screen near you.