Jennifer Hudson sees herself in a new light in 'The Inevitable Defeat'

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Jennifer Hudson attends "The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete" Premiere at the Black Perspectives Presentation during the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival at AMC River East Theater Oct. 11, 2013. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Add Jennifer Hudson to the list of actors and actresses who have a hard time watching themselves on the big screen. The seemingly confident Oscar and Grammy winner said she gets uncomfortable seeing herself on film and television.

“I want to crawl under a table or chair,” Hudson said Friday on the Chicago International Film Festival red carpet at the AMC River East 21 movie theater (where her “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” director George Tillman Jr. was presented with the Black Perspectives award). “As an actress, you’re shy about those things. It’s like being nude.”

Hudson did, however, admit she was excited to watch herself the first time she saw “The Inevitable Defeat,” in which she plays a heroin-addicted prostitute and mother. The film revolves around two boys forced to fend for themselves for an entire summer in the projects in Brooklyn.

“I was shocked because I didn’t know what to expect,” Hudson said of her reaction to watching herself in the movie, which hit theaters Friday. “I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I was holding my breath like ‘OK, what did I do? What’s going to happen?’ It was exciting and fun at the same time to see myself in a different light. It was refreshing.”

The "Dreamgirls" actress can next be seen in the Christmas musical “Black Nativity,” due out Nov. 27. Meanwhile, her third studio album, featuring the single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” with rapper T.I., is tentatively scheduled to be released early next year.

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