Hudson flies out after starring as Winnie

2010-09-05 09:24

Film star Jennifer Hudson flew out of Cape Town this week after a 10-week movie shoot in South Africa.

Hudson (28) was in the country to work on the upcoming biopic, Winnie, in which she is cast as the former first lady, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Hudson, won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her 2006 film debut Dreamgirls and a Grammy for her 2008 ­album Jennifer Hudson.

Publicist Dezi Rorich confirmed Hudson had visited Gauteng, Transkei and Cape Town during her stay.

Her two-day Cape Town visit was kept hush-hush, with none of the celebrity ­hotels willing to confirm she was a guest.

But an excited caller to a late-night radio show on Heart 104.9FM reported seeing Hudson dining at a Cape Town hotel.

“She looked fabulous as she has lost so much weight,” the caller said.

“I wasn’t sure if it was her but then my mother and I asked the manager and he confirmed it for us.

“He even went and got an autograph for us and then afterwards my mother went over to Hudson and told her how gorgeous she was looking,” said the caller, who ­identified herself as Lauren.

Rorich said Hudson left Cape Town for the US on a Friday morning flight ­after filming for Winnie had wrapped on Robben Island on Thursday.

“She was lovely and such a pleasure to work with as she’s a professional with an incredible work ethic,” said Rorich.

She said the movie, directed by veteran South African filmmaker Darrell Roodt, was expected to hit the big screen ­during 2011.

When details of the film were announced in Cannes in May, Hudson was quoted as saying that she wanted to play the part ­because she felt that Madikizela-Mandela’s story had never been told and was ­worthy of the big screen.

“I knew of Nelson Mandela but I didn’t get to hear the great tales of Winnie ­Mandela,” said the award-winning star.

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