Aretha Franklin may have passed away back in 2018, but her spirit lives on through Jennifer Hudson. The Oscar-winning actress sat down with “CBS Sunday Morning” to speak about her role as the legendary singer in her biopic, “Respect.”
Hudson, 39, discussed with interviewer Kelefa Sanneh her friendship with the Queen of Soul, the process of embodying the late music icon and how she believed that Hudson would win the Oscar for the role.
Sanneh and Hudson were able to visit Muscle Shoals, Alabama, together, where they went to see Fame Recording Studios for the first time. The musically sacred ground is a place where many fans believe Franklin learned to use her incredible voice that led her to become a legend.
“Respect” deals with much of the joy and pain Franklin experienced in her long life. Hudson revealed she drew on her own tragedies to help tell Franklin’s story.
In 2008, the “Sex and the City: The Movie” actress’ mother, Darnell Donnerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson, were found shot to death inside their Chicago home. Her older sister Julia’s son Julian was reported missing after the crime and was found dead three days later. Julia’s estranged husband, William Balfour, was charged with the murders.
On Friday, the film released a clip of Hudson as the soulful singer performing at Madison Square Garden.
“Respect” hits theaters on August 13 and also stars the talents of Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald and Mary J. Blige