Jennifer Hudson says her Cats character Grizabella 'carried the weight of the ...

Jennifer Hudson channeled her latest film, Cats, for a funky feline inspired pop-art cover collaboration with Ashley Longshore for As If Magazine.

The 38-year-old songbird opened up to the mag about her role as Grizabella in the much-panned film adaptation of Cats as well as her upcoming gig playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic about the star's life. 

Hudson was shot in various water color leopard print ensembles for the vibrant spread by famed Photographer Tatijana Shoan.

Stunning: Jennifer Hudson channeled her latest film, Cats, for a funky feline inspired pop-art cover collaboration with Ashley Longshore for As If Magazine

Stunning: Jennifer Hudson channeled her latest film, Cats, for a funky feline inspired pop-art cover collaboration with Ashley Longshore for As If Magazine

When asked about what it was like to play Grizabella in Cats, who sings the musical's most famous song Memory, Hudson expressed the pressure she was under for the role. 

'Oh, boy! I had to bring the brokenness and the sense of being an outcast to the role,' she explained. 'It’s a very emotional, heavy role. I want to say it’s the most emotional role I’ve played.'

'My character, Grizabella, carries the weight of the film, I call it the heart of the film. When Grizabella comes in you can’t help but wonder, who is that?'

Despite Jennifer's spectacular singing voice and the iconic song, her portrayal wasn't enough to save Cats from absolutely abysmal ratings - including, in one case, a zero star review from one critic.    

Incredible! Hudson was shot in various leopard print ensembles for the vibrant spread by famed Photographer Tatijana Shoan

Incredible! Hudson was shot in various leopard print ensembles for the vibrant spread by famed Photographer Tatijana Shoan

Opening up: The 38-year-old songbird chattered about her role as Grizabella in the much-panned film adaptation of Cats as well as her upcoming gig playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic about the star's life

On screen: Hudson expressed the pressure she was under to play the film feline who famously sings Memory

Opening up: The 38-year-old songbird chattered about her role as Grizabella in the much-panned film adaptation of Cats as well as her upcoming gig playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic about the star's life

'Oh, boy! I had to bring the brokenness and the sense of being an outcast to the role.,' she explained. 'It’s a very emotional, heavy role. I want to say it’s the most emotional role I’ve played.'

'Oh, boy! I had to bring the brokenness and the sense of being an outcast to the role.,' she explained. 'It’s a very emotional, heavy role. I want to say it’s the most emotional role I’ve played.'

'It was an emotional preparation process and emotional shooting process. Once I got this part, I knew I had a lot of work to do,' Hudson told As If.

'When I picked up the script I wondered how I was going to do this because my part is all in song. 

'It wasn’t about picking up the script and going over lines and my cues, I had

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