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Monday's Connector: Jennifer Hudson

March 31st, 2010
01:20 PM ET

Jennifer Hudson is a relative newcomer to the film and music world, but the American has already won an Academy and Grammy Award.

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The 28-year-old first got her big break as a contestant on the reality television series, "American Idol".

Although Hudson was booted off in the middle of the series, she continued to pursue her acting and music career and in the winter of 2005 she was selected to play the role of Effie in the film adaptation of "Dreamgirls".

She starred alongside well known actors and singers Beyonce and Jaime Foxx.

Hudson, who sang all her own songs, was celebrated for her performance and subsequently won nearly every major acting award that year.

On February 25, 2007, Hudson won the Academy Award for best supporting actress.

The actress has also starred in other films including "Sex and the City and "The Secret Life of Bees."

And now she's teaming up with weight-watchers to promote her new health program.

Here's your chance to ask Jennifer Hudson your question.

Do you want to know if she prefers music or acting? Maybe you want to know who has been her favorite person to work with?

Please leave your questions below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. LEA( from atlanta,georgia)

    what actress that came before you, do you look up to the most? Also which one do you enjoy more acting or singing??

    March 31, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  2. Gustavo Cruz (from Brazil)

    Hi, this is Gustavo Cruz, from Florianopolis, BRAZIL... I have a few questions for her.

    1) How is her new album going to be like?

    2) Is she feeling any pressure now that she's gonna have her first leading role as an actress playing Winnie Mandela?

    3) What has she done to learn the South African accent?

    4) How does she take care of her voice on a daily basis, and before concerts and performances?

    5) Does she still keep in touch with the other Dreamgirls cast members?

    6) What kind of advice would she give to the current American Idol contestants, and does she feel they have a bigger chance of being successful if they don't win the show?

    7) Does she plan to tour overseas anytime soon?

    Okay those were a lot of questions, but I love Jennifer and I have many other questions to ask, but I think that was enough 🙂

    March 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  3. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jennifer Kate Hudson and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Jennifer Kate Hudson to the following questions:
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – What is your opinion on the current situation in Haiti?
    – What is, as a weight watchers, your opinion on skinny(underweight) and anorexia Top Models?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Jennifer Kate Hudson’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    March 31, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  4. lisa

    When will you release your first single from your new album?

    Have you talked to any of your Dreamgirls castmates lately?

    March 31, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  5. ed

    1.) I was told tht ur album was coming out and May and that's right around the corner, and i aint seen any videos or heard any songs

    2) i think to love somebody, for real, and ten mins to cry should be on the albums

    3.)Last but not least i think you are goin to b the next generation to a new era alot of kids look up too you.

    4). you should jhus go around the world for a fan tour

    5.) how is your experience in Africa

    March 31, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  6. Drey Raglin

    Hello Jennifer this is Drey from Atlanta

    1.Besides the film Winnie are there any other movie offers that you have gotten recently? I would love to see you in one of Tyler Perry's films.

    2.I think a song with you featuring Kanye West would be great. Would you consider ever doing a song with him?

    3.I saw pics of you at the Elton John Oscar Party and you looked great. I noticed Simon Cowell was there did u and him exchange words?

    4.I'm really cannot wait this next album. What can we expect from you this go around? What was your inspiration for this album?

    5.What do you think of Lady Gaga?

    March 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Reply

    Do you have any plan To support social issues now ... You are artist You need to stuff like this Your career in art And the community needs you as well....

    March 31, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  8. Mark-USA

    Hi Jennifer,

    Congratulations on your success! I'm looking forward to your next album. I'm assuming it will be on Arista and if so I'm wondering how you feel about Sony/BMG's lowering of MSLPs and, to some extent, lowering wholesale costs? Artists are generally paid a % of wholesale cost so an across the board discount would obviously mean less money for each artist on the Sony/BMG distribution roster.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  9. Mark-USA

    PS: To clarify, I mean less money per unit.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  10. zoraida

    what do you like about the profession that you are in?
    do you feel this is the field for you?
    what other plan did you have for you life? what will you do if you are unable to do sing/ or act?

    March 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Reply



    March 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  12. ed

    1.) ok i know that you grew up in chicago and stuff but you live in florida and you have alot of fans down thea i live in floria it would b nice of you to come share your stories with us

    March 31, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  13. Rafael Carvalho

    Helo Jennifer Hudson, my name is Rafael Carvalho, I live in Rio de Janeiro and love your voice
    I would kill some trivia about my favorite idol

    Today, in USA, you suffer some prejudice about a black singer? Or it has been broken over time?
    You think your style of music somehow inferior to other, for not being as dancing yourself or your clips not dace?
    You mind when someone says about your weight?
    You want to come Brasil to do a concert ?
    What is your favorite song?
    What is your favorite Idol?
    Why it took to decison not to leave in Chicago ?
    How to star in your own movie ? Dream Girls after wich he served as an adjuvant?
    How consili work, family and everything ?
    Tell us a bit of your new album

    Thanks for answering my questions
    and thank you for existing, I love you so much
    ' you pulled me through !

    April 1, 2010 at 1:54 am | Reply
  14. Ken Kennard

    Hello Jennifer

    I have admired your work since you came on the scene!!

    I have only one question for you and it is a big one-would you see if the White House could get you hooked up for a tour for American Troops overseas with a stop at Ramstein AB, Germany? I know you are busy but the troops would love it!

    April 1, 2010 at 8:24 am | Reply
  15. Lina

    I wish her both. To sing and act at the same time.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:06 am | Reply
  16. asha ali

    Hi i am asha ali from australia
    i wanted to ask you a question
    you are an admired actress/singer, even though life hasn't been smooth you have pullen through as a couragous young strong woman. what motivated you to pursue your carrer after being elimanated in american idol on national tv? thank you i wish you well bye xxx

    April 1, 2010 at 11:59 am | Reply
  17. Darlington

    Hey, jennifer. My name is Darlington, from UNN, NIGERIA. i love singing and you happened to be one of my favourite, plz.. :1 how do you handle those times when you are not too conifident to take board step into singing? 2.what are d source of your inspiration. 3. What's your advice to, up coming singers who are not confident in their talent. 4. Whats your favorite colour. Plz attend to my questions, coz u could be my catalyst and a saving grace. Luv you jennifer.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  18. mel

    Could you sing at my sons bar mitzva? If not could you help me get Beyonce?

    April 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  19. pitso( south africa)

    we are excited about the movie in which you will be playing the character of one of our country's revered icons, winnie mandela. I would like to know if your preparation for the role involves you coming down to south africa? are you finding the accent difficult to learn compared to say, a british or australian one?

    April 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  20. Angel Nicole Hutcherson

    Hey Jennifer, how u doin'! This is Angel from Indianapolis, IN. How's life treating you? How that beautiful son of yours? Your one of my favorite celebrities. Taking this opportunity to send you some love. How are YOU doin' today, feel me 🙂

    April 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  21. Tami Jones

    Hello Jennifer Hudson. Really not a question just a comment. I saw Dream Girls for the first time about two weeks ago and LOVED it!! You have amazing talent. I was also reveiwing some of these questions you get asked and just laughed!! I won't bore you with silly questions. I am in the military stationed at Ft. Stewart and leaving at the end of the month for Iraq. Just wanted you to know I think you are amazing. Have a great day!!!

    SFC Tami Jones
    United States Army, Active Duty
    Ft. Stewart, GA (Hinesville, GA)

    April 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  22. John Andri

    Who is your favorite singer's childhood?

    John, Jakarta, Indonesia

    April 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  23. Avril Belgarve

    Hello Jennifer Hudson. Great career you are having. May God continue to bless you and keep you and your family safe and protected.

    My only question would ...When are you going to have a concert in Barbados or close enough to Barbados that I can attend.
    Much love!!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  24. caleb mugizi

    hi Jenifer thanx 4 lookin' soooo nice & keep it ,i love u'r music so much & i wish i could take a snap with u .keep it up
    Caleb Uganda

    April 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  25. Kenisha

    Hey Jennifer, How did you lose your weight? and Will you ever come to Jacksonville,fl?

    April 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  26. Jorge

    As the most beautiful black woman in the world, with the best smile that I admire what do you look in man (3 things)?

    April 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  27. izzo

    i would like to tell u that am a huge fan and would like to ask which side of the family you got your amazing voice

    April 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Reply

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