Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle in 'Hairspray Live!'
Jennifer Hudson is playing the role of Motormouth Maybelle in NBC's production of Hairspray Live! In the show, Hudson has a powerful duet with Ariana Grande, who plays the part of Penny, and Hudson gushed about the experience, saying: It's exciting, it's fun. I'm a fan of her, so it's like, we get to sing together—when I found that out I was like, ‘Oh yes, let's get into it.' It's another cool thing I get to add to my list, that's for sure. Hudson also told E! News that her son is a big fan of Hairspray co-star Dove Cameron. While chatting, she said: It's exciting for me as a parent to be able to show my son this. Every day he beats me to rehearsal. Then to come in, he got to meet Dove the other day. He's a huge fan of hers ... At first I didn't realize that's who I've been looking at on the Disney Channel forever, and then I was like, ‘Oh my god, that is that girl.' It's super exciting for him. For more information on Hudson, click through our gallery of her best Hairspray pics. (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC)