Jennifer Hudson didn’t understand the significance of winning an Oscar.
The star, 32, received the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 2007 for her role in the hit musical Dreamgirls.
It was one of the few occasions when an actor had won an Oscar for a debut performance, but the significance was lost on Jennifer at the time.
“I didn’t know what the Oscars was,” she told Net-A-Porter.com. “Where we come from, we don’t know anything about that world. If you see it on TV, it’s like, ‘Oh, people in fancy suits and ties.'”
Jennifer first came to the public’s attention on series three of American Idol but was controversially voted off in week six.
But the star didn’t let the disappointment shatter her dreams of being a success and two years later she secured the role of Effie in Dreamgirls, alongside megastars including Beyoncé Knowles and Jamie Foxx.
“What I feel about people you never hear from again is that they get too caught up in the hype. They think that just getting here is making it,” Jennifer told the website.
“Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”
As well as an Oscar, Jennifer also won a Golden Globe, BAFTA, NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Then in 2008 she received a Grammy for her eponymous debut album which went on to sell over a million copies.
Jennifer never doubted she would make it as a star.
“I used to babysit for my cousin and she came home and said, ‘You didn’t cook, you didn’t clean!’” she remembered.
“I replied, ‘I don’t cook.’ She said, ‘What you gonna do when you get married?’ I said, ‘I am going to be rich and have maids and cooks.’ And I was dead serious.”
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