Jennifer Hudson defends 'Cats,' says movie 'misunderstood'

Though panned by critics, the 2019 film version of “Cats” will always have a special place in star Jennifer Hudson’s heart.

Speaking to Total Film, the singer defended the 2019 movie musical, which flopped at the box office and became a punchline at various award shows — with fellow “Cats” co-stars James Corden and Rebel Wilson even ripping on it at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Unlike some of her peers, however, Hudson demonstrated how much she cares for the movie, telling the outlet, “You know what? I think it was a bit overwhelming. It’s unfortunate that it was misunderstood.”

“I think later down the line, people will see it differently. But it is something I am still very proud of and grateful to have been a part of,” the “Respect” star continued, adding that she is honored to have played Grizabella — who belts out the musical’s most famous song, “Memory.”

In addition, Hudson revealed that “Cats” also inspired her to open her heart and home to two actual cats. She said she even named her new felines after the characters Grizabella and Macavity, the latter played by Idris Elba in the film.

Said the two-time Grammy winner: “They are the best thing I’ve ever had. I love them so much.”

“Cats” earned a lukewarm $27.2 million during its North American box office run, only making $73.8 million worldwide. The movie was also panned on Rotten Tomatoes, where it currently has a 19% rating.

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