Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson explained what is was like playing Winnie Mandela during an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” Thursday, Sept. 5. Hudson stars as the South African anti-apartheid activist in the biopic “Winnie Mandela” formerly titled “Winnie” opening this weekend.
“I was very intimidated because she’s such an iconic figure. And so once I got to Africa, I was like wow she’s a treasure and how dear she was and is to so many, and it’s like oh my God I have to take this seriously and if I’m not gonna hop in it a 100 percent then maybe I should go home. And I actually had that moment where I was contemplating like, can I handle this and if I’m going to do it then Jennifer you have to be all in.“
The “American Idol” alum is the second actress to play Winnie Mandela in a film this year. In November audiences will see Naomie Harris as Winnie in the Nelson Mandela biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” with Idris Elba in the title role. Hudson’s co-star Terrence Howard portrays Nelson Mandela in their film which chronicles Winnie’s life from childhood to the imprisonment of her husband.
“Winnie Mandela” opens in theaters on Sept. 6.