Put some respect on Jennifer Hudson’s name as she is set to debut her much anticipated portrayal of the Queen of Soul in the new Aretha Franklin biopic, RESPECT opening only in theaters on (Friday) August 13.
The film follows the rise of Franklin’s career from the early days of singing in her father’s church to becoming a household name to establishing a legacy left for fans to enjoy for years to come. The star-studded cast includes Marlon Wayans, Audra MacDonald, Forest Whitaker, and Mary J. Blige with Liesel Tommy directing.
When asked about the most challenging part in preparing for the role that Franklin specifically wanted her to portray (no pressure), Hudson shares that learning to play the piano was not a walk in the park for her.
“Honey, I am still doing it to this day and trying to figure it out even more. She had a gift and that is something that cannot be taught, she said. “As an actress, I had to learn that element of her and it has been the most unnatural thing to me out of all of this.”
Hudson also shared that if Franklin was alive today, she would likely only want to do a Verzuz battle against one incomparable superstar.
“I thought about this idea and I would choose Diana Ross. Both of these women are massively huge and impacted music at the same time, so what in the world would that Verzuz be like?”
Watch BET.com’s interview with Hudson below for more behind-the-scenes tidbits as fans across the country get ready for RESPECT out n in theatres on Friday, August 13th.