When it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would be tackling the role of Winnie Mandela, critics made their feelings known loud and clear. Many wondered if Hudson was up for the challenge, others thought she wouldn’t be able to nail the accent and many thought it should have been a South African actress playing the role.
“Well, you know, I try not to think of those things but like I always say…no one knows your potential the way you do”, J. Hud responded to the critics.
Despite all the naysayers, Hudson forged ahead in what she called an “intimidating” performance. When asked if this was the most challenging role of her career she answered, “facing Winnie was definitely like, the most intimidating, I mean, it’s Winnie Mandela.”
Winnie Mandela follows the life of Nelson Mandela’s second wife as she helps him fight against apartheid in South Africa. Terrence Howard, who plays Nelson Mandela, helped Jennifer meet the challenge of play the iconic Winnie.
“Working with Terrence, he automatically makes you raise your bar”, Hudson boasted about her co-star.
T.D. Jakes presents Winnie Mandela is in theaters Friday, September 6th. In the meantime check out of full interview with Jennifer Hudson below.
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