Jennifer Hudson made an appearance on The Daily Show on Tuesday night where she talked a little bit about her part in the television movie Confirmation, and how her character never really got the chance to tell her side of the story in the public scandal the film is based on.
The Plain Dealer published a review of the movie, which points out how the cast appears to have gone the extra mile along with the filmmakers to humanize the people involved with the events.
The article credits Jennifer Hudson among the “terrific cast” as they mention each one, stating that the powerful performances are obvious as the movie unravels the story.
Confirmation is based on the allegations against Justice Clarence Thomas over sexually harassing Anita Hill in the early ’90s. Hudson plays Angela Wright, another person who could have brought harassment charges against the Justice, but was never called to the stand.
The Huffington Post published an article on “the other woman” being Angela Wright, which talks about the details of her involvement. Also fairly recently, a series of clips of Confirmation have been released via Indie Wire, one of them showing Hudson in character.
But Confirmation is only the latest in a series of highly praised projects that Hudson has been involved in; her most recent has been with the The Color Purple on Broadway.
The New York Times is one of the sources reporting that singer Jennifer Hudson will be leaving the hit musical and will be replaced by Heather Headley.
Jennifer Hudson had already won an Oscar for her portrayal of Effir White in the 2006 movie Dreamgirls and has also earned praise for her role in the Oprah Winfrey-supported musical.
When she first made her debut in the musical, the Hollywood Reporter was the first to report on her debut, praising her performance.
“How is she? Well, Hudson might not yet quite match the assurance of the cast’s more seasoned stage performers in dramatic scenes, but with that voice, nobody’s going to care. Her vocals are sensational — luscious and full-bodied, with astonishing control.”
Heather Headley has also been a Broadway favorite and Jennifer Hudson’s exit marks Headley’s first time back to performing in 15 years.
The referred to New York Times article notes that Hudson signed a six-month contract for the part, but also points out how off-schedule her departure is, in time for Tony Award nominations.
In the already mentioned interview with her on The Daily Show, she talks about her role as the night club singer Shug Avery and how she was surprised that they gave her the part, where she didn’t think she had the kinds of qualities required to become that character, but thanks to the time she’s spent playing her, she’s embraced her “inner Shug”.
She also talked about her initial debut in the television show American Idol in 2002, which launched her career despite the fact that she didn’t win.
The show finally aired its final episode of its last season, where Hudson returned for a final performance.
Thus far, it would seem that Jennifer’s career choices have allowed her to take the time she needs to discover how she’s going to make her performances her own, as the rave reviews of those choices seem to reveal.
Jennifer Hudson’s final bow for The Color Purple will be on May 8, and Confirmation airs April 16 on HBO.