INTERVIEW: ‘Sex and the City’ costar Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Kate Hudson was born in Chicago on September 12, 1981 to Darnell Hudson and Samuel Simpson.

At the age of seven, she started singing in her Baptist church's gospel choir where she honed her vocal skills with the help of her late maternal grandmother, Julia.

After graduating from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in 1999, the 5'9" beauty began in show business in community theater and then on a Disney cruise liner before unveiling her four-octave range in front of a national TV audience on American Idol during the show's third season.  

Though Jennifer only finished seventh, many still consider her to be the most talented person ever to enter the competition. So, it was no surprise when she brought down the house delivering a spirited rendition of "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going" as Effie White in the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

Based on the strength of that Oscar-winning performance, she was signed to play Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) assistant, Louise, in "Sex and the City," a character writer/director Michael Patrick King created with Jennifer specifically in mind. The movie opens this weekend in theaters throughout North America.


Actors, New Movies, Summer 2008

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