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Jennifer Hudson Says Late Mother Encouraged Her to Pursue Acting


Heather Wines/CBSJennifer Hudson never had aspirations to pursue acting prior to landing an Oscar-winning role in 2006’s Dreamgirls

According to Billboard, the singer revealed that her late mother, Darnell Donnerson, was the one who suggested she become an actress.

“I had never even thought of ­acting, to be honest. It was actually my mom who was like, ‘Jenny, I think you could act.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, whatever, Mama,'” Hudson recalls. “Then I turned around and won an Academy Award on my first film. The only other acting experience that I had was [when I performed] on the Disney Wonder cruise ship.”

Jen says that “music was always first for me, it’s my love and passion,” adding that “music is in every element of what I do. Even if I’m not singing, music is what’s guiding my emotions.”

Fans will get to see Hudson in her element when she performs at the during the 87th Academy Awards, taking place at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday and airing on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

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