Ready for her close-up: Jennifer Hudson is transformed from working mother to glamourpuss
23:42 GMT, 22 August 2012
She arrived on set looking like a frazzled working mother, but by the time she was called to shoot her big scene, Jennifer Hudson was certainly ready for her close up.
The American Idol star wore a hot pink mini dress that showed off her newly slimmed down figure and a pair of edgy studded flats, but she had left her face make-up free and her messy hair held back with styling clips.
Jennifer was also joined
by a special visitor as she filmed a high profile guest role on NBC
show Smash today – her little boy David Otunga Jnr.
Working mum: Jennifer Hudson brought her son David, three, to work on Smash
The three-year-old was spotted holding his mother's hand before she went into hair and make-up.
The Academy Award-winning actress was
on the set of in New York City, filming scenes with
co-star Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty.
Jennifer, 30, who recently lost 80 pounds, later emerged from the hair and make-up trailer with her hair teased into glamorous cascading curls and striking lilac lips to match her trendy nails.
Special guest: The American Idol star will play a big-time Broadway singer
Hudson has been cast as Veronica
Moore, a big-time Broadway singer, who tangles with rivals Karen
(McPhee) and Ivy (Hilty).
According to NBC chairman Bob
Greenblatt: 'Her character will represent someone who reached their
Broadway dream but also paid a price for it.'
Jennifer opened up about her new role in an interview just last month: 'It's just the perfect opportunity,' she said.
'It's going to be challenging, and I'm a
little bit intimidated to play this big Broadway star.
'But it's going to
be a great experience. I can't wait to get started.'
The real deal: A make-up free Jennifer waves to her fans
Feeling groovy: The singer got into hair and make-up and into character
Later on, Jennifer appeared in a black sequined dress with a plunging neckline and a oversized silver drop earrings.
The budding fashionista is also working on a clothing line, The Jennifer Hudson Collection for QVC, which will launch in September.
'A lot of pieces were inspired from some of my red carpet looks and stuff like that,' she says.
Jennifer said shopping is one of her favourite things to do, especially since losing all her excess weight. 'I get to experiment more,' she said.
The nearly-finished product: Hudson kept her slippers on until the last minute
Also spotted undergoing glamorous on-set makeovers were stars of the show Megan and Katharine.
The pair were getting ready to reprise their roles in the NBC series, which was renewed for a second season
despite disappointing ratings.
The show revolves around creation of a new Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.
Smash will return to NBC in early 2013.
Different styles: Megan Hilty showed off her legs in a printed mini-dress and platform sandals while Katharine McPhee went for some figure-hugging jeans
Drop dead divas: The actresses play competing performers on a Broadway show