Jennifer Hudson Sober: Actress Reveals She’s Never Had a Drop to Drink

By: Erika Watts - October 13, 2013

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson shocked Chelsea Handler during an interview on Chelsea Lately with the revelation that not only has she never been drunk, she’s never had so much as a drop of alcohol to drink. Ever.

That’s hard to believe considering 2 out of 3 adults have an alcoholic beverage on a regular basis, but that’s exactly what the Dreamgirls Oscar winner told Handler while discussing her upcoming movie, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.

“I love this new movie,” Chelsea Handler said during the interview. “It’s great because you play a heroin addict, which is the only drug I’ve never tried. You’ve never done heroin?” That seems like a strange question to ask, but Handler was curious as to where Hudson drew her acting inspiration.

“I’ve never done anything, so that was hard to play this role. I’ve never had a drink in my life. I’m sober,” Hudson said.

Handler, who is quite vocal about her love for vodka and even write a book called Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, was stunned. “What do you mean you’ve never had a drink?” Handler asked. “What are you waiting for?”

“I don’t know. I’ve never been interested. Nobody ever believes it,” Hudson said. “When I got this role, I was like, ‘Oh my god, what am I gonna do? What am I gonna pull from to play the role?’ Normally as an actor, you have things to pull from. I was like, ‘I don’t know what it’s like to feel any of that.'”

While the former American Idol contestant has never done drugs or had any alcohol, she did admit to one source for recreating the feeling of getting high, something that probably resonated well with Chelsea Handler: the feeling she experiences when having sex.

“They took me through each and every step of what it’s like of how you get addicted to drugs and what it feels like when you are high. She told me it was like an orgasm. I was like, ‘I could do that part,” Hudson said.

Jennifer Hudson plays a mom who is addicted to heroin and works as a prostitute in the movie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which opened on October 11. Interestingly enough, another American Idol alum, Jordin Sparks, also has a role in the film. Check out the trailer below.

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Erika WattsErika Watts is a former teacher, now stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for WebProNews. When she isn’t busy navigating parenthood and writing, she enjoys watching college sports and reading. Follow Erika on Twitter @erikawatts83, Pinterest or

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