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Jennifer Hudson took on the role of an addict for the film The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, which is produced by Alicia Keys and will debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hudson compared the role to her Smash guest role, admitting her role on the NBC drama “was a lot of fun but also a lot of work.”
"You're singing, you're acting, you're in the studio recording, you're learning dance steps and then it was like—oh, my God!—they'll change things right there on the set…It was a challenge,” she told E! News.
But when she spoke about her Inevitable Defeat role, she said, “If you're going to go for it, you go for it," and that’s why she met with real addicts for research.
"It was so interesting because I was completely introduced to a world I didn't know. And I was literally in the process of shooting Smash. I was this glamorous character with all the hair and all the makeup and gowns, and then the next day, I was in tattoos and crazy hair and in this complete rawness."
The hard work paid off, because director George Tillman Jr. was impressed by the Oscar winner.
He described her saying, "She came on set with the tattoos and the rocker hair and I thought, 'She's really dedicated. She really went for it. It was about the movie. She said, 'I don't care what people think. I want to play this right.' She was fearless."
"What I love most about this project is it has allowed me to step outside the box," Hudson explained. "This industry will put you in a box. 'Jennifer Hudson, sing! Do a musical!' It's like, no! There's so much more I want to do and there's so much more I feel like I could do. But it's not that often you get those opportunities," she said. "So that's why when this came along I was like, 'I'm in. Even though I'm terrified, I'm all in.'"
Hudson also gushed to Fox about her first Sundance experience, saying "I love the fact that everyone walks around in a big bubble jacket and flat boots. It's all very artistic, I am feeling the vibe.”