Introducing The Cover Star of W Magazine's Best Performances Issue, Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson waited over a decade to play Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect,’ the 2021 biopic that focuses on the legend’s rise to superstardom. In order to channel the icon, she donned 83 costumes, 11 wigs, and let her powerhouse vocals do the talking. For W’s annual Best Performances Issue, Hudson explains her process.
"I grew up singing in church, and I come from a singing background in my family. But I didn't start singing with my eyes open until I was 19 years old. Because in church you sing for God, and it's internal."