What’s it like having Oprah, Beyonce and Alicia Keys on your email list? Bizarre, if you ask Jennifer Hudson who went from American Idol loser to Academy Award winner in a matter of years. The singer/actress covers Net-a-Porter and inside, she’s dishing on life as an A-lister.
“What I feel about people you never heard from again is that they get too caught up in the hype. They think that just getting here is making it. No, it’s not making it. It’s like a losing-weight situation: it’s one thing to lose it, it’s another to keep it off. Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”
In addition to a successful film career, Hudson thanks artists like the late Whitney Houston for giving their stamp of approval over her musical aspirations.
“As a girl I’d sit in my momma’s house and sing I Will Always Love You. That’s why [singing in tribute] was so overwhelming. I’m just grateful I got to meet Whitney. She came backstage and was like, ‘I turn my torch over to you; you are The One’. I was like, ‘Oh my God! Did anybody else hear that?’ Had she not given me her blessing, I would never have stepped on that stage.”
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