Jennifer Hudson recalls the time she met Aretha Franklin back in 2004

Jennifer Hudson first met the late, great Aretha Franklin in 2004 before opening for her Merrillville, IN concert – which was shortly after she placed seventh on Fox’s American Idol.

‘Aretha said, “Don’t sing none of my songs,”‘ laughed the Chicago-born 40-year-old for her W Magazine cover story.

‘When I got to open up for her concert, she allowed me to sing my own songs, but I got to watch her perform her songs.’  

Throwback! Jennifer Hudson (R) first met the late, great Aretha Franklin (2-L) in 2004 before opening for her Merrillville, IN concert – which was shortly after she placed seventh on Fox’s American Idol

Eight years later, Jennifer got an important phone call from the Queen of Soul who informed her, ‘I’ve made my decision, and it is you who I want to play me.’

‘I was very excited in the moment that I learned that she wanted me to play her. But then, the next second, like, Oh my god. Like, it’s Aretha Franklin. Where do you even start? So, it’s exciting, but the scariest thing at the same time,’ Hudson recalled.

‘It felt like holding my breath for 15 years until filming the movie. And then another year after the pandemic, waiting for the film to come out. [The nervousness] still sits with me because this is the most personal project to me, for obvious reasons.

‘I know how dear she is to the entire world, being a fan. I still think about it and say, “Did I cross every T? Did I dot every I?” Because that’s a massive assignment to be given.’ 

The Chicago-born 40-year-old recalled in her W Magazine cover story: 'Aretha said, "Don't sing none of my songs." When I got to open up for her concert, she allowed me to sing my own songs, but I got to watch her perform her songs'

The Chicago-born 40-year-old recalled in her W Magazine cover story: ‘Aretha said, “Don’t sing none of my songs.” When I got to open up for her concert, she allowed me to sing my own songs, but I got to watch her perform her songs’

'I was very excited': Eight years later, Jennifer got an important phone call from the Queen of Soul who informed her, 'I've made my decision, and it is you who I want to play me' (pictured in 2014)

‘I was very excited’: Eight years later, Jennifer got an important phone call from the Queen of Soul who informed her, ‘I’ve made my decision, and it is you who I want to play me’ (pictured in 2014) 

Hudson recalled: 'It felt like holding my breath for 15 years until filming the movie. And then another year after the pandemic, waiting for the film to come out. [The nervousness] still sits with me because this is the most personal project to me, for obvious reasons. I know how dear she is to the entire world, being a fan. I still think about it and say, "Did I cross every T? Did I dot every I?" Because that's a massive assignment to be given'

Hudson recalled: ‘It felt like holding my breath for 15 years until filming the movie. And then another year after the pandemic, waiting for the film to come out. [The nervousness] still sits with me because this is the most personal project to me, for obvious reasons. I know how dear she is to the entire world, being a fan. I still think about it and say, “Did I cross every T? Did I dot every I?” Because that’s a massive assignment to be given’

The R&B belter donned 83 costumes, 11 wigs, and used her three-octave mezzo-soprano pipes live for Liesl Tommy’s fully-authorized biopic Respect, which hit US theaters on August 13.

The $55M-budget movie centered on Aretha’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to international superstardom at age 32.

Jennifer went on to sing at Franklin’s funeral following her death, age 76, at her Detroit home on August 16, 2018 from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.

Hudson – who’s only a Tony away from EGOT status – will next compete for the female actor in a leading role trophy at the 28th Annual SAG Awards, which air February 27 on TNT and TBS.

Hit US theaters on August 13! The R&B belter donned 83 costumes, 11 wigs, and used her three-octave mezzo-soprano pipes live for Liesl Tommy's fully-authorized biopic Respect

Hit US theaters on August 13! The R&B belter donned 83 costumes, 11 wigs, and used her three-octave mezzo-soprano pipes live for Liesl Tommy’s fully-authorized biopic Respect

RIP: Jennifer went on to sing at Franklin's funeral following her death, age 76, at her Detroit home on August 16, 2018 from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pictured in 2015)

RIP: Jennifer went on to sing at Franklin’s funeral following her death, age 76, at her Detroit home on August 16, 2018 from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pictured in 2015)

Airing February 27 on TNT and TBS! Hudson - who's only a Tony away from EGOT status - will next compete for the female actor in a leading role trophy at the 28th Annual SAG Awards

Airing February 27 on TNT and TBS! Hudson – who’s only a Tony away from EGOT status – will next compete for the female actor in a leading role trophy at the 28th Annual SAG Awards

‘I have an award wall in my home, and I now say it’s dedicated to the Dreamgirls era of my life,’ the Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) singer boasted.

‘The Oscar sits in the middle of the Emmy and the Grammy.’

Jennifer faces heavy competition against The Eyes of Tammy Faye’s Jessica Chastain, The Lost Daughter’s Olivia Colman, House of Gucci’s Lady Gaga, and Being the Ricardos’ Nicole Kidman.

The Christmas singer boasted: 'I have an award wall in my home, and I now say it's dedicated to the Dreamgirls era of my life. The Oscar sits in the middle of the Emmy and the Grammy' (pictured November 29)

The Christmas singer boasted: ‘I have an award wall in my home, and I now say it’s dedicated to the Dreamgirls era of my life. The Oscar sits in the middle of the Emmy and the Grammy’ (pictured November 29)

Who will win? Jennifer faces heavy competition against The Eyes of Tammy Faye's Jessica Chastain, The Lost Daughter's Olivia Colman, House of Gucci's Lady Gaga, and Being the Ricardos' Nicole Kidman

Who will win? Jennifer faces heavy competition against The Eyes of Tammy Faye’s Jessica Chastain, The Lost Daughter’s Olivia Colman, House of Gucci’s Lady Gaga, and Being the Ricardos’ Nicole Kidman

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