Jennifer Hudson covers Glamour Magazine for a spread titled Dreamer Girl. JHud who will be starring in Black Nativity with Angela Basset, Jacob Latimore, & Forest Whitker posed for Francesco Carrozzini in several elegant poses, which gives me Billie Holiday. She wore garments from Oscar de la Renta, Herve Leger, Jonathan Saunders and Gucci.
She talks about maintain her career and relevancy in Hollywood, she also dishes on her friends in the business and shares personal stories of Whitney Houston.
On A-list friends and remaining relevant since “Americal Idol”:
"It is so bizarre to me to say, ‘OK, let me go email Alicia [Keys], let me go email Beyonce, let me go talk to Oprah…’ For so long I sat and admire them; now I’m among them. What I feel about people you never heard from again is that they get too caught up in the hype. They think that just getting here is making it. No, it’s not making it. It’s like a losing-weight situation: it’s one thing to lose it, it’s another to keep it off. Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”
On her Oscar:
“I didn’t know what the Oscars was. Where we come from, we don’t know anything about that world. If you see it on TV, it’s like, ‘Oh, people in fancy suits and ties.’ Jamie Foxx [her co-star] was like, ‘You know you’re going to win an Oscar?’ I didn’t pay him any attention. I was hired to do a job. That’s all I knew. ”
On her movie “Black Nativity”:
“I turned down I don’t know how many [musicals]. What drew me to this is that it’s a holiday film: I’m a holiday fanatic. It’s uplifting – we don’t have enough of that in the world.”
On the moment Whitney Houston passed the torch:
“As a girl I’d sit in my momma’s house and sing I Will Always Love You. That’s why [singing in tribute] was so overwhelming. I’m just grateful I got to meet Whitney. She came backstage and was like, ‘I turn my torch over to you; you are The One’. I was like, ‘Oh my God! Did anybody else hear that?’ Had she not given me her blessing, I would never have stepped on that stage.”