WCW: Jennifer Hudson


Best-known for her amazing voice (she rose to fame as a finalist on American Idol), Jennifer Hudson has also made a name for herself as an actor. While only a few of her roles have been historical, they’ve been pretty spectacular and often feature her musical skill. I bet we’ll be seeing her on screen again and hopefully in more dramatic roles.



Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006)

Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls (2006)

Upstaging Beyonce in your screen debut? Sure, why not!



Rosaleen Daise in The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

2008 The Secret Life of Bees

With Dakota Fanning in this 1960s coming-of-age story.



Winnie Mandela in Winnie Mandela (2011)

Jennifer Hudson, Winnie Mandela (2011)

A biopic of the civil rights leader. Hudson portrays Winnie starting around the time of her marriage to Nelson Mandela.



Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray Live! (2016)

Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson, Hairspray Live! (2016)

The costumes were all over the place in this production — 1950s-1970s — but Hudson was fabulous as the pivotal record producer.



Aretha Franklin in Respect (2021)

Jennifer Hudson, Respect (2021)

Coming to theaters August 13, 2021, & telling the life story of this iconic R&B singer.



What’s your favorite of Jennifer Hudson’s frock flick roles?


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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

5 Responses

  1. M.E. Lawrence

    Can’t wait to see “Respect,” especially as a friend recorded Erivo for us (on friend’s complex new system); good production, as far as I could tell, given that the episodes played out of order, we had to fast-forward through ads, etc.

  2. Natasha Rubin

    Dreamgirls is genuinely one of my favorite movies. And her performance in it is spectacular. I’m very much looking forward to Respect too..

  3. Regine

    I can’t wait to see Respect. I loved her in Sex and the City 2. Have a great evening.

  4. M.E. Lawrence

    Just saw “Respect.” Pretty much a standard Hollywood bio-pic–had that made-for-television- movie feel–but well written and very well acted. Young Aretha’s wardrobe would have made my late mother swoon: all those beautifully designed and sewn dresses for proper little ’50s girls. And Audra McDonald plays Aretha’s mother, Barbara Siggers Franklin! Go see it just for the cast, the music, and the costumes.