Jennifer Hudson in ‘Black Nativity’ is a ‘weight’ worth ‘watching’

Kevin Chill Heard | 12/6/2013, 3:10 p.m.
While in sunny California to interview the cast of “Black Nativity,” the Call and Post had a chance to interview ...

Singing is still her first love, and one of her most memorable moments filming, Hudson recalled, was shooting the “Silent Night” scene in the middle of the street, in somebody’s residential neighborhood with the cast singing at the top of their lungs.

“I sang quite a bit live, which I prefer to do,” said Hudson of her singing scenes while filming “Black Nativity.” She added that they even had to sing outside in the freezing cold. “That was the hard part,” she said.

And when it came to singing in this musical movie, Hudson was more than at home, especially when it comes to a gospel musical. In a scene during the film she was called upon to belt out the gospel classic “Be Grateful.” Hudson said songs like these are part of her upbringing. “I grew up listening to those songs and I still do,” said the smiling actress while reminiscing about the opportunity to sing some of her favorite gospel songs. “I was telling the producer, ‘I know these songs and know what to do – I got this!’ It was rooted in me. It was times I would forget I was on the set and it would seem like we were at church. I think everybody will be able to relate to this.”

During the course of the film, Naima’s family is forced to reconcile in various ways with their past, to which Hudson concludes the interview by saying, “Whatever issues you have as a family, somewhere along the line that should cease; because family is far more important.”

“Black Nativity” is currently open nationwide, and is Rated PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation.