When it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would be tackling the role of Winnie Mandela, critics made their feelings known loud and clear. Many wondered if Hudson was up for the challenge, others thought she wouldn’t be able to nail the accent and many thought it should have been a South African actress playing the role.
“Well, you know, I try not to think of those things but like I always say…no one knows your potential the way you do”, J. Hud responded to the critics.
Despite all the naysayers, Hudson forged ahead in what she called an “intimidating” performance. When asked if this was the most challenging role of her career she answered, “facing Winnie was definitely like, the most intimidating, I mean, it’s Winnie Mandela.”
Winnie Mandela follows the life of Nelson Mandela’s second wife as she helps him fight against apartheid in South Africa. Terrence Howard, who plays Nelson Mandela, helped Jennifer meet the challenge of play the iconic Winnie.
“Working with Terrence, he automatically makes you raise your bar”, Hudson boasted about her co-star.
T.D. Jakes presents Winnie Mandela is in theaters Friday, September 6th. In the meantime check out of full interview with Jennifer Hudson below.
Oprah Loved Being A Braided Blonde Bombshell In ‘A Wrinkle In Time’
Oprah Winfrey is a blonde bombshell in Ava Duvernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and she loved every minute of it. HipHollywood sat down with the media mogul along with Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling to talk about playing the Mrs. and their elaborate hair, make-up and costumes.
“Girl we had hair for days,” gushed Winfrey. “My favorite was the ponytail, the braid.”
Celebrity hair guru Kim Kimble, who frequently works with Beyonce, headed up the film’s hair department. For the film she turned Lady O into a blonde, Reese into a red head and gave Kaling fab braided locks. “They were like [hair] sculptures,” said Kaling who plays Mrs. Who.
So how long did it take to get these ladies out of this world ready? “Hours,” joked Winfrey and Reese in unison.
To be exact, the ladies were in hair and make-up 3-5 hours daily as lead hairstylist Kim Kimble and make-up artists LaLette Littlejohn and Derrick Rutledge got them camera ready. “I think Kim and the team worked for days before, sculpting and making it right,” added Winfrey who plays Mrs. Which.
Derrick Rutledge, Winfrey’s personal makeup artist who also worked on the film, designed rhinestone eyebrows for each Mrs. Which ensemble. Meanwhile costume designer Paco Delgado drew from volcano explosions and depictions of galaxies to create costumes that made Winfrey shimmer and appear larger than life.
In the Disney big screen adaption, the three celestial beings – Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit lead 13-year-old Meg (Storm Reid) and others on a journey to rescue the girl’s scientist father (Chris Pine) from evil otherworldly forces.
It’s better seen than simply described, so be sure to check out A Wrinkle In Time in theaters now!
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