Jennifer Hudson Confines Herself to Prison Cell for Film Role

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson traveled to a dark place for her latest film role. The Oscar-winning actress stayed in a prison cell for three days so she could channel apartheid-era icon Winnie Mandela for a biopic.

In order to depict the 500-plus days the former wife of Nelson Mandela spent in solitary confinement, the svelte Hudson confined herself day and night to a prison set in South Africa. She tells Newsweek that she wanted to “experience some of the hell that woman went through.”

By the third day, she started to lose her mind. Her physical appearance had deteriorated and she was having imaginary conversations with her son. The harrowing experience left her emotionally and physically exhausted. “They snatched her out of her home and she had no idea what happened to her children,” Hudson says of Mandela. “Imagine living that? This was her life! This was real. As a woman, I am angry for her, hurting for her. 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.”

The film has stirred controversy after the real Winnie Mandela threatened legal action to halt production. It is expected to hit theaters by September, while Hudson’s sophomore album I Remember Me is due March 22.

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  1. James

    Congrats on your personal and professional success J Hud!! You deserve it!


  2. Jarvis

    JHud lookin kinda good nowadays….#justsaying


  3. Neickha

    Wow good for Jennifer. This role will be great for her. She has to develop and accent. Very challenging role.


  4. Ango

    shes a tru artist, and i know shes gonna win another oscar…..


  5. chris shorts

    shes so pretty adn hot now ,… she was before ot but now she on another level and she can act really well


  6. stooooopid

    she is gonna win another oscar for this one…just remenber who told u first…lol


  7. aunya

    look at my girl jennifer


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