According to Jenn, she just wanted to “put eyes on the crowd” and she hoped they enjoyed the film…
she also posed for pictures with attendees.
J. Hud recently revealed in a cover story for Variety, that Aretha is “still with me, almost every day in some way.”
“Sometimes, while taking pictures with someone, I’m like, ‘Oh wow, I’m smiling like Aretha,’ ” Hudson said about her experiences. “Or, ‘That response was more Aretha-like.’”
“You identify little things like that in yourself that are still there,” she continued.
As previously reported BOSSIP was part of an audience of media professionals who attended a preview event for the “Respect” trailer reveal and were also on hand for the ATL premiere. We can confirm that the Queen of Soul picked the right one to play her as J. Hud effortlessly epitomized Aretha down to her speech pattern and voice. Hudson previously said she challenged herself to become a better piano player while playing the role and she also faced an interesting decision about whether to sing Franklin’s songs “like Franklin” would or to do them as “Jennifer Hudson influenced by Franklin would.” Based on the film, we’d say J. Hud did a bit of both.
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See it only in theaters on August 13, 2021