Jennifer Hudson looks at her time on "Smash" as a training program for Broadway.
The Oscar winner has a multi-episode arc on the NBC musical as Veronica Moore, a Tony-winning actress, and told EW the show is prepping her for the Great White Way.
"It's not easy being on the stage, on Broadway," Hudson told EW. "I take my hat off to those people."
Hudson said it was an immediate "yes" when she got the call for "Smash." "Doing the show has helped me get my feet wet for Broadway," Hudson said. "I like to take one step at a time and I feel like this was a huge leap, but a great start into walking into that world, which is something I definitely want to do one day."
In a behind-the-scenes video from NBC, Hudson said she had a ball recording the original songs.
"You're constantly creating new things on so many different levels," she said. "One minute you're in the studio, the next second you're doing choreography, the next second you're acting. It's a huge challenge, but I love it."
"Smash" Season 2 premieres Tuesday, February 5 at 9 p.m. EST. The series moves to its regular timeslot, 10 p.m. EST, on Tuesday, February 12 on NBC.