Jennifer Hudson Does ‘Hard Time’ to Prepare for Role as Winnie Mandela

How far is too far to prepare for a role? According to media darling Jennifer Hudson, five days is enough! The actress and singer recently finished a five day stint in solitary confinement in an African prison to prepare for the title role in the upcoming film “Winnie.” The real Winnie Mandela, the estranged wife of activist Nelson Mandela, spent 500 days in the African prison.

Hudson told Newsweek, “As a woman, I am angry for her, hurting for her,” she adds, “And as a mom? God, being in solitary confinement, away from my son just for five days when shooting those scenes – it was too much for me. I was drained and stripped down. I was changed.”

“Her hair was tangled, her eyes sunken, and she started having imaginary conversations with her son,” says Newsweek.

No stranger to the big screen, Hudson has starred in hits like “Dreamgirls”, “Sex and the City 2”, and “The Secret Life of Bees.” “Winnie” which features Hollywood vet, Terrence Howard, is slated to hit theaters later this year.

For more Jennifer Hudson, be sure to watch her Sunday at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards where she will be presenting alongside Justin Timberlake.


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