VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Recalls Her Disney Cruise Days with Performance of 'Circle of Life'
Jennifer Hudson stopped by last night's DAILY SHOW to talk about taking on powerful female roles in the Broadway musical The Color Purple and in the upcoming Clarence Thomas TV biopic CONFIRMATION. She also reveals her favorite song when she worked as a performer on the DISNEY CRUISE LINE and even sings a few bars of it for host Trevor Noah! Watch the appearance in full below!
Jennifer Hudson is currently making her Broadway debut in the revival of The Color Purple. She won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award for her performance as Effie White in DREAMGIRLS. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award and an NAACP Image Award. Additional film credits include Sex and the City, Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, and Black Nativity.
Her highly acclaimed album, JHUD, dropped this past fall in the top 10 on Billboard's Top 200. Just prior, she released singles including the recently Grammy-nominated "It's Your World," featuring R. Kelly; "He Ain't Goin' Nowhere," featuring Iggy Azaelea; "I Can't Describe," produced by Pharrell and featuring TI; and "Walk It Out," featuring Timbaland. Most recently, Hudson was featured on Gorgon City's chart topping track, "Go All Night," off their new album, Sirens.
Hudson's 2008 debut album went Platinum and entered Billboard's Top 200 at No. 2 thus marking the biggest first week sales for an R&B female entry since 2004. The album was nominated for four Grammys and won for "Best R&B Album." In 2009, Hudson released her sophomore album, I Remember Me which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 and R&B Albums charts and has since been certified Gold in the U.S.