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Jennifer Hudson dazzles in portraits from EW's cover shoot

Entertainment Weekly Logo By Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly | Slide 2 of 9: Jennifer Hudson (photographed exclusively for EW's November cover story in Los Angeles on Sept. 3) had only just won her first Oscar — for her very first film role, no less, in 2006's Dreamgirls — when she received the call to meet her idol, Aretha Franklin. "We met in New York, I forget what hotel, but we had breakfast together," Hudson, now 39, tells EW. "And one of the first things she said to me was, Are you shy or somethin’? You’re not gonna eat?' And I said 'Well, I am sitting at the table with Aretha Franklin,'" she recalls, laughing. "So we just sat there and we talked about me playing her, it was quite some time."

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Jennifer Hudson (photographed exclusively for EW's November cover story in Los Angeles on Sept. 3) had only just won her first Oscar — for her very first film role, no less, in 2006's Dreamgirls — when she received the call to meet her idol, Aretha Franklin. "We met in New York, I forget what hotel, but we had breakfast together," Hudson, now 39, tells EW. "And one of the first things she said to me was, Are you shy or somethin’? You’re not gonna eat?' And I said 'Well, I am sitting at the table with Aretha Franklin,'" she recalls, laughing. "So we just sat there and we talked about me playing her, it was quite some time."

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