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Jennifer Hudson: 'Smash was a lot of fun but a lot of work'

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Jennifer Hudson has said that she found it tough balancing work on two acting projects at the same time.

Hudson plays a Broadway diva in the new season of TV series Smash, and also recorded scenes for upcoming film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.

Jennifer Hudson, The Grammys

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She told E! Online about appearing in Smash: "It was a lot of fun but also a lot of work. You're singing, you're acting, you're in the studio recording, you're learning dance steps and then it was like - oh, my God! - they'll change things right there on the set…It was a challenge."

Hudson said that she also found it tough playing a drug addict in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. She met with real-life addicts to prepare for the role, even hiring one young woman as an on-set consultant.

Miss Mode: Jennifer hudson

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Jennifer Hudson
attending a cocktail party celebrating her 'Good Housekeeping' February cover and the publication of her new book "I got this:How I Changed my Ways and Lost What Weighted me Down" at the Hearst Tower
New York City

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She continued: "If you're going to go for it, you go for it. It was so interesting because I was completely introduced to a world I didn't know. And I was literally in the process of shooting Smash. I was this glamorous character with all the hair and all the make-up and gowns, and then the next day, I was in tattoos and crazy hair and in this complete rawness."

The star added: "What I love most about this project is it has allowed me to step outside the box. This industry will put you in a box. 'Jennifer Hudson, sing! Do a musical!' It's like, no! There's so much more I want to do and there's so much more I feel like I could do.

"But it's not that often you get those opportunities. So that's why when this came along I was like, 'I'm in. Even though I'm terrified, I'm all in'."
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