Ever since American Idol made one of the most epic mistakes in its history, I have been a fan of Jennifer Hudson. And, when she showed us all she had acting chops as well as a voice without limits, I unabashedly admit I was and continue to be in awe of the woman -- and now the mother -- who commands a resiliency of spirit that is infectious. During a recent chat I fell in love with her all over again, and enjoyed her willingness to update me on the what's what.
Joshua Estrin: What is it like balancing all your new projects now that you are a working mother?
Jennifer Hudson: I see it as nothing less than a blessing. It does take some planning, but now I can share my success with the most precious gift in my life. Children definitely put the world in perspective, and I have prioritized and have come to realize that family and children are really what matters.
JE: You have redefined yourself. There is a whole lot less of you, so I 'm wondering if you feel different on the inside as well?
JH: The weight loss is still relatively new, so to be honest I am still getting used to this body. On the outside, I guess I am more daring with some of the clothes I choose to wear, but on the inside... I think I am still getting used to how the change has impacted the way I think and feel. Certainly, I am still the same person, but I guess as I get to know me at this size and shape I might notice I have shifted the way I think about certain things. I guess you will have to check back with me again so I can give you an update.
JE: Tell me about your latest projects.
JH: I am super excited to be working with QVC as it has allowed me to realize my love for fashion. I am a creative spirit, and my love for clothing -- like my love for music -- has allowed me to produce something that is for every woman. When I was designing, I made sure that nothing in the line was only cut to look good on a specific size or shape. All the ladies can feel sexy and have fun in my clothing and that makes me feel like I am offering something truly unique to the people who have been gracious enough to show me such love and support over the years.
JE: What do you think is the greatest misconception that people have about you?
JH: Wow... That's a good question. I'm really not sure what people think or expect me to be, but I am surprised when people say, "You're not supposed to be like that..." I'm not exactly sure what "that" is, so I choose to take it as a compliment.