Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle in ‘Hairspray Live!’

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)

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