Jennifer Hudson celebrated Halloween this week with a tribute to the movie musical franchise that inspired her to pursue a career in show business.
On Monday’s episode of “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” the host appeared in costume as Sister Mary Clarence, Whoopi Goldberg’s character from 1992’s “Sister Act” and 1993’s “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.”
Both films, she explained, “helped me create my dreams.”
“That’s the power of an icon like Whoopi Goldberg,” Hudson said. “One, I wanted to be in the movie. And if nothing else, I would go to school and be like, maybe I could sit at my desk and sing a song like that. Or, maybe somebody will hand me the microphone so I can get up and sing like that. You think, you know, maybe I could be in a musical one day and sing a song.”
Hudson certainly made good on her word. In June, the “American Idol” veteran secured EGOT status when she won a Tony for co-producing Broadway’s “A Strange Loop.” To reach that level, a person must win all four of the major American entertainment awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony).
After the introduction, the actor and singer was joined onstage by a choir before launching into a medley of songs from the “Sister Act” films, including “I Will Follow Him” and “My God (My Guy).” She concluded her performance by literally levitating above her audience to the tune of “Joyful, Joyful.”
Watch Jennifer Hudson’s “Sister Act” Halloween medley below.