‘Very surreal’ – Jennifer Hudson on being chosen to play the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

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In this Aug. 2, 2021 photo, Jennifer Hudson poses for a portrait to promote “Respect” at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Hudson has in some ways been preparing to play Aretha Franklin for her entire life, but she was still surprised when the Queen of Soul asked her to take on the role following her Oscar win for “Dreamgirls” in 2007. The film from director Liesl Tommy follows Franklin from childhood through the 1972 recording of the gospel album “Amazing Grace.” It opens nationwide Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Jennifer Hudson sits down with Dean Richards to promote her new film ‘Respect,’ the awe inspiring biopic about the life of Aretha Franklin. Jennifer talks about her being chosen and meeting with Aretha, finding your voice, and previews the film.

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