Please welcome Jennifer Hudson.
-♪ -(cheering, applause)
I am never not excitedto see you.
I see you in so many placesand I'm never not excited.
Thank you so muchfor being on the show.
-Thank you for having me.-Thank you so much for being...
You are doing so much right now.Uh, I mean,
let's-let's justtalk about it. It's...
It must have beenemotional for you--
I mean, the Idol finale,the other day,
is sort of where it all started.
It's-it's kind of creepybecause, first of all,
I was 22 when I started on Idol. Now I'm 34.
So that was, like, 12 years ago.
You know, and to still be hereand to...
Like, I felt...when I started Idol, I was like,
"I'm gonna do thisfor the experience."
And because of that, I'm sittinghere talking to you today,
-you know what I mean? So...-So you've gone down,
-is what you're saying. (laughs)-Uh...
-No. You know, it started a lotof things. -No, but it's-it's...
Really,it's-it's an amazing journey
that you've gone through.You-You've done so much.
Beautiful voice, you know,an acting Oscar,
you know, a Grammy,
going for an EGOT, it seems...
And let me tell you,before we get to the movie,
I've seen youin The Color Purple.
If you... if you haven't seenit, it's a beautiful story.
-It really, really is abeautiful story. -Come see it.
-It's a great show.-(cheering and applause)
What was interesting to meis, innately, you wouldn't seem
-like a Shug Avery typeof person. -No.
At least I didn't think so. Youknow, Shug is very glamorous.
Like I say, she's the sex kittenof it all.
And so when they called meto play that role, I was like,
"Me as Shug?"I thought I would've been Sofia
or somebody but not Shug Avery.
But I think I foundmy inner Shug, I would say.
(cheering and applause)
What's-what's really fascinatingf-for me about the story
is the fact that...you-you know, it's very rare
that you watch a storylike The Color Purple,
where, uh, the womenare running the story.
-Yes.-It's... There is no savior.
There's no man who comes inwho saves it.
There is no white personwho comes in and saves it.
-It is a beautiful storyfrom beginning to end -Mm-hmm.
of a journeyof trial and tribulation.
Was that important for youin playing the story?
Definitely. It has to be.
In portraying a role like Shugand with other powerful women--
Celie becomes powerfuland Sofia--
I think that's what has inspiredall of us the most,
is seeing that poweramongst the women in it
-and to see us lift each otherup throughout the story -Yeah.
and finding things in eachof our characters that's like,
"No, that's me.That's something I would do."
You know, and to be ableto see that in a character,
keep it in the character,and to portray it in that way,
-if that makes any sense. Youknow? -It made complete se...
You know, what's funny isit-it... there were moments
in the story,it reminded me of my mom.
-See? Yeah. -It was... Like,it's... it's a powerful story
-about black women. It was...That's all it was. -Yeah.
Um, l-let's pivot a little bit.I mean, to see you playing
in that role, you wereonce working on Disney Cruises.
-I was. -Did you ever seeyourself going...
What was your favorite song,by the way, when you worked
-on the Disney Cruises?-(stammers)
(laughs)"Circle of Life."
-I have to go with"Circle of Life." -Oh, really?
"Circle of Life."Yeah, definitely.
That's, like, one ofmy favorite songs of all times,
to be honest. Yeah. Of all time.
Can you just...can you sing a-a tiny bit of it?
-Ooh, okay. -Just, like, a...-(cheering and applause)
-just, like, a...-Uh...
♪ From the daywe arrive on the planet ♪
♪ Blinking, step into the sun
♪ There is more to see
♪ Than can ever be found
♪ More to dothan can ever be done ♪
-(cheering and applause)-Y'all know the rest.
How do you not...Why do you bother talking?
Well, lately everyone makes mesing everything.
But why... but whydo you bother spea... I feel
like you've achieveda higher level of communication
-and you waste time with us meremortals speaking. -♪ Thank you
-♪ Thank you, Trevor -Thatshould be you the whole time,
-just, like...-♪ Thank you
-♪ Thank you, too -That's-that's all it should be!
That's... Wow! Ah.
Wow, okay, let's... Oh,let's talk about Confirmation.
-Again, a powerful story,a black woman. -Wow.
This seems like you-you'regoing... you're going for this.
Yes, it is very powerful women,of telling of that story.
And so to play Angela Wright,I felt, you know,
she had a bit of spicinessin her as well.
But just to be ableto be her voice,
because she never got to speak,she never got her say
or a chanceto tell her side of the story,
of her experienceswith Clarence Thomas,
and so that's who I portray,Angela Wright.
It's a... it's a powerful story.
I love the fact that you'renot just doing what you're doing
-but you're doing more togive back to others. -Thank you.
Just tell us a bitabout your foundation, please.
Well, my sister and I started
the Julian D. KingGift Foundation
in honor of my late nephew,Julian King.
And what we like to dois not only acknowledge
just-just positive but trying...children trying.
And where we come from,
-positivityis never acknowledged. -Yeah.
So we made a pointto acknowledge the positive
that children do.So we have the gift foundation,
which we give toys
to the unfortunate kidsduring Christmas.
And then we also have a dinnerfor them.
And then during school, we givethem their school supplies
and all their school needsso they don't have to worry
about where they're gonna gettheir school needs from
-when school rolls around.-That's beautiful.
-Thank you so much. Thank youfor giving back. -Thank you!
Thank you for giving to us.
You can currently see JenniferHudson in The Color Purple,
and Confirmation premieresApril 16 at 8:00 p.m. on HBO.
-Jennifer Hudson, everybody.-(cheering and applause)