Remember when Dreamgirls was known as that movie with Beyonce? Well the tide has definitely turned as Jennifer Hudson has risen to stardom. As the Oscars rapidly approach, the buzz surrounding her is louder than ever. In Life magazine, Jennifer talks about her challenging rise to fame and the men who helped her along the way. Here are highlights:
It was while watching an episode of the '90s Will Smith sitcom that she first heard "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," Dreamgirls’ signature song. "Will was lip-synching to it, and I was like, 'Who is that singing? I have to sing that song.' I never would have guessed. . . ."
"My boyfriend, James [Peyton, who is 27], and I have been together since 1999, so he watched me struggle to get here. There were some dark times when I'd say, 'I can't sing anymore. I'm not right for this.' He'd say, 'Jennifer, there's no way you're not singing. Keep it up, girl, keep it up.' "
"[After filming, costar] Jamie Foxx would call me every Sunday and say 'I’ve been down the same road you’re going down.' And I’d say, 'Me? No way.' And he’d say, 'Yeah, you’re gonna be there—the Golden Globes, the Oscars.' It’s so great to have somebody to lean on when things are changing so fast. He's my lifesaver."
Hmm. I must've missed that episode of Fresh Prince. We're glad that Jennifer has such great men to stand behind her and it looks like she may have a golden man standing on her mantel soon too. For more pics from Jennifer's photo shoot, just