Jennifer Hudson spends time in South African jail for ‘Winnie’ film

Jennifer Hudson‘s latest film role as Winnie Mandela in upcoming biopic, Winnie has seen the young entertainer challenge herself in ways untold – with her completing 5 days in solitary confinement in a South African jail.

Jennifer spoke to Newsweek about the experience:

She wanted, she says, to “experience some of the hell that woman went through.” By the third day, hell had arrived. Her hair was tangled, her eyes sunken, and she started having imaginary conversations with her son.

Reflecting on the experience still brings Hudson to a dark place. “They snatched her out of her home and she had no idea what happened to her children,” Hudson says of Mandela. “Imagine living that? This was her life! This was real. As a woman, I am angry for her, hurting for her. And as a mom? God, being in solitary confinement, away from my son just for five days when shooting those scenes—it was too much for me. I was drained and stripped down. I was changed.”

The film also stars Terrance Howard and it is expected to hit American cinemas in September.

In related news, Jennifer’s new video “Where You At” landed today and her sophomore album I Remember Me is due for release on March 22nd.

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