Jennifer Channels Whoopi Goldberg in ‘Sister Act’ for Epic Halloween Performance
October 30, 2022
Jennifer Hudson takes it to church for our jam-packed Halloween celebration.
On Monday’s episode of “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” JHud surprised her live studio audience when she dressed as Sister Mary Clarence, Whoopi Goldberg’s character in the “Sister Act” franchise.
While wearing a black and white habit, Jenn got her “Whoopi Goldberg on” by having the same hairstyle and hoop earrings as the actress in the film.
Jenn’s costume, a detailed creation of Whoopi’s, was made by Corey Martin from the Warner Bros. Costume Shop. Jennifer’s makeup was done by Adam Burrell, with hair by Albert Morrison and additional wardrobe and styling by Verneccia “V” Étienne and Layla Witmer.
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“Did I do okay, y’all?” Jenn said when a side-by-side of her and Whoopi flashed across the screen.
Noting that her favorite film of the franchise was the sequel, “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” Jenn said that “it meant so much to me as a little girl” as she loved “all the music.”
“I was about 12 years old. When I saw that movie, it gave me so much inspiration,” she said.
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Jenn was particularly inspired by “icon” and “legend” Whoopi, who made her feel like she could be in a musical.
“I would go to school [and think], ‘Maybe I could sit at my desk and sing like that. Or somebody would hand me the microphone so I could get up and sing like that. Maybe I could be in a musical one day and sing a song,’” she said. “That would’ve been a dream.
“[Whoopi] had us feeling like we were back in church. I could just imagine being there. Being in the choir. Being a part of a competition.”
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Lo and behold, a choir came out and one of the members handed Jenn a microphone!
After ripping off her habit to reveal a fabulous sequined version, Jenn launched into a medley of songs from the “Sister Act” series, including “I Will Follow Him,” “My God (My Guy),” and “Oh Happy Day.”
Jenn sang a mash-up of “Joyful, Joyful” from “Sister Act 2” and “What Have You Done for Me Lately” by Janet Jackson.
She even ventured into the audience — who were dressed in festive costumes — before being hoisted into the air.
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