As the 17th person to be named an EGOT winner — and the youngest female ever to receive the honor — Jennifer Hudson has a new moniker for herself.
“NS call myself 17,” she tells PEOPLE in one of this week’s cover stories. “It’s an ongoing celebration. It puts me in a better position to be able to lend more support. But I feel the same way [約] being a talk show host, to create a platform for everyone, just so we all have a place to feel included, and using my position and impact to be able to just continue to bring everyone together.”
After her shocking exit from アメリカンアイドル NS 2004, 歌手, 41, went on not only to star in the 2006 映画 夢の女 but to win an Oscar for her performance. の 2009, she took home a Grammy for best R&Bアルバム (her first of two) and last year nabbed a Daytime Emmy as an executive producer on a virtual reality animated film. 六月に, ハドソン received the Tony for co-producing the Broadway musical 奇妙なループ.
“It’s something obviously that I aspired to do, but when it happened, it happened abruptly,” 彼女は思い出します. “Even when they said ‘Strange Loop’ 最優秀ミュージカル賞を受賞, I was cheering for the cast, and then everyone started chanting, ‘EGOT, EGOT!’ そして、私は, '何てことだ。’ It takes a long time to process, like ‘Wow, I did that.'”
Now in her new role as host of her own syndicated daytime talk show, Hudson admits she didn’t know what to expect.
“I’m still learning as I go,” 彼女が言います. “I think seeing how huge of a machine it is, how many departments it has, meeting the crew and the staff. I’ve been a guest on a show like this, but to come in from a host perspective and see the entire production, I think that’s the most surprising part.”
Of all of her achievements, Hudson is most proud of being a mom to her son, デビッド, 13, with ex-David Otunga. “He is so thoughtful and very well-rounded,” 彼女が言います. “He’s very considerate. He is such a giver and very practical. I think he’s wise for his age. We have our children, you love them, but sometimes they grow up in a way where you’re like, ‘Now I didn’t raise you like that.’ しかし [平] if he wasn’t my child, this little boy is an amazing human.”
She’s also intent on helping her son follow his dreams as well. “When David was a baby, we lived in this high-rise apartment and had the most beautiful view of the sky and Lake Michigan,” 彼女は思い出します. “I would face his highchair towards it when he would eat because I wanted him to know ‘As far as you can see, you can achieve.'”
When it comes to her own career, Hudson has learned over the years to always face any trepidation or fear. “Everything I do makes me anxious, but you will always see me try,” 彼女が言います. “I love breaking new ground. それのすべて [causes] anxiety and fear — but that’s how we grow.”
So is there anything left on her bucket list? “I definitely want to direct at some point,” ハドソンは言う. “That’s enough, because when I say something, it happens. And I wouldn’t mind touring again. Obviously another album. And then I want to play the piano more. By the time I get out of this chair, I’ll have something else.”
The multi-hyphenate describes her life as “hopping on a roller coaster every day as I hit the ground running,” 彼女は付け加えます. “It has its highs and lows and everything in between. But it’s a beautiful, beautiful ride. If God don’t do another thing, he’s done enough. And I am satisfied.”
For more of the exclusive interview with Jennifer Hudson, と 人‘s three other People of the Year cover honorees, please pick up this week’s issue, 金曜日どこでもニューススタンドで.