If she could pick one dream project to call her own, though, the 26-year-old Chicagoan thinks she might conquer the world if she could play Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
“I don’t know if it would be considered a musical or not, and the script isn’t even written yet,” the actress/chanteuse said during a recent “Sex” interview, “but that’s something I would love to do.
“Miss Franklin and I met about it once a while ago. We sat down, had lunch and talked about it. It was very interesting, I was nervous the whole time and that was that.”
How nervous was the Oscar winner?
“Aretha was like, ‘Are you shy or what?’ I mean, it’s Aretha. How can you not be shy? We just mainly talked about the possibility of her film and me portraying her, which would be such an honor to do. That’s like a new dream of mine to do that.”
Nerves obviously played a role in this dream girl’s most recent national TV appearance, too.
“Oh my God, yes, I was extremely nervous in presenting this year’s Academy Award (to supporting actor winner Javier Bardem),” she said. “I was probably more nervous this year than last year. I was in shock of the fact that I’m like, ‘God, this is a room of Academy Award nominees and winners, and I’m one of them here presenting."
“I’m the kind of person that things don’t hit until maybe a year later. I’m standing on the stage still trying to grasp the fact that I won an Oscar and then now I’m presenting one."
“I get kind of nervous when it’s time to speak in front of crowds, so I had to imagine I was singing. Like, ‘OK, you’re going to sing’ and that’s how I had to calm myself down.”
Hudson likely has a lot more to get nervous about in upcoming months, including her new “Spotlight” single from her self-titled album (set for Sept. 30 release) and roles in two fall movies, “Winged Creatures” and “The Secret Life of Bees.”
John M. Urbancich
**Read more articles by John Urbancich**