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Jennifer Hudson Has an Unusual Plan to Become an ‘EGOT’

10/21/2014 AT 10:05 AM EDT

Jennifer Hudson already has an Oscar and a Grammy. So, how does she plan to snag an Emmy and a Tony and achieve famed “EGOT” status?

“I should get two more dogs,” the American Idol alum joked to PEOPLE by phone Friday while exclusively confirming her latest big news – that she’s partnering with W Hotels Worldwide and the Human Rights Campaign for their “Turn It Up for Change” initiative supporting LGBT rights.

“I got a dog and named it Oscar, and then I won my Oscar. And then I got a dog and named it Grammy, and then I won my Grammy,” Hudson said of her two Pomeranian pals. “So I think I should get some dogs and name them Emmy and Tony – and it’ll give me good luck, and I’ll win … [They’re] like my good luck charms.”

Joking aside, the singer-actress, 33, says she is excited to explore other avenues in entertainment, noting, “I would love to do television and theater.”

Something else Hudson’s on board with? A Sex and the City threequel – not that she can confirm whether or not it’s happening. “I don’t know much,” she says of the rumored reboot. “But that would be nice. And Louise From St. Louis will be ready.”

For now, the singer, who’s hot off promoting her new album JHUD, keeps busy with her son David Otunga Jr., 5, who she says is turning into quite the ladies’ man!

“He is hilarious. [The other day] he was like, ‘Mommy, is it OK if I have a girlfriend?’ I was like, ‘Oh, it’s that time already!’ ” Hudson says of her son with fiancé David Otunga. “He says, ‘Okay, I have this girl I like. But I’m thinking about it, and I want to take her to all my parties, and I want to bring her home, and then I want to take her out of the country on an airplane.’ Not to another state but out of the country. I was like, ‘OK, this is my child.’ “

But honestly, Hudson says motherhood has changed her for the better.

“With being a parent comes more maturity and more awareness of what’s going on,” she says. “Also, it’s changed me from a creative standpoint, because he’s so creative in like every way, which makes me realize how much it’s in me if it’s in him, in a way.”

With his mom’s artistic chops, can we expect her little man as a feature artist on any albums soon?

“I actually did put him on a track, [but] that didn’t make the album,” Hudson says. “He’s at the beginning of the song ‘Whatever Makes You Happy,’ singing, ‘If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.’ But it didn’t make the album, unfortunately.”

As for joining up with W and the HRC for monthly music events benefitting the LGBT community, the singer says it was a natural fit. “I’m very connected to the gay community, and it’s something I’m passionate about,” she says. “It only makes sense. This is my way of returning it.”

A portion of proceeds from downloads of Hudson’s “I Still Love You” remix single will go to the “Turn It Up for Change” campaign.

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What Terrifies Jennifer Hudson?

10/11/2014 AT 08:30 AM EDT

Jennifer Hudson may have just released her third studio album, Jhud, but the 33-year-old actress insists all she wants to hear is “I love you” from her 5-year-old son, David, when she chatted with PEOPLE this week about “one last thing” …

Last gift I received
For my birthday, my fiancé [David Otunga] gave me these beautiful bracelets, and each has charms that tell something about me, like a heart, a doggie bone. One says “Mommy.” I love them.

Last time I cringed
I’m terrified of spiders. I normally go through the side door of my house, but the other day I couldn’t. You think you can just run right by it, but no, this spider was the size of the palm of my hand! Just thinking about it I’m cringing.

Last impulse
I almost bought a Ferrari! I went to the car dealership and drove it and everything. Then I was like, “You don’t even really drive, why would you spend all this money on a car?” But in my mind, I bought it.

Last time I heard “I love you”
Oh, my baby [David, 5] says it all the time. I was gone for a few days for the album, and that night he’s just squeezing me and giving me the biggest hugs. He told me he missed me and loved me over and over again.

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Jennifer Hudson Spills on How She Stays in Shape: "I Don’t Let the Food Intimidate Me"


Sitting across from a plate of French fries or a stack of pancakes (covered with syrup, of course!) can be an intimidating thing when following a good-for-you diet, but Jennifer Hudson doesn’t let snacks get in the way of staying in shape. Her secret to saying no to the junk food that seems to taste SO good and keeping that absolutely fabulous bod?

It’s really plain and simple. She gets rid of it!

“I throw the pancakes across the room! I don’t let the food intimidate me,” says Jennifer Hudson in a tell-all interview with . The celeb recently sat down with the publication to talk about her new album and revealed how she keeps trim while still indulging in her favorite snack—chocolate.

“If it’s too much, I just get rid of it, but I make sure to watch what I put in my body. And I make sure I know what it is. It’s all about portions for the most part. I don’t work out a lot, but I do like to be active,” said Jennifer.

So does she portion chocolate? She must, considering it’s on her rider.

When asked what was on her rider, Jennifer replied, “Well, I love chocolate. I always have to have chocolate around—it’s my cigarette. I don’t smoke but it calms me so well. I don’t like too much junk in my dressing room because I have to watch what I eat, so I put everything else out of the room.”

Not a bad compromise, eh?

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Bulleit Has Your Cocktail for the Weekend, Jennifer Hudson Hints at Sex and the City 3 + More in…


Bulleit has your new favorite autumn drink, Jennifer Hudson may reunite with Carrie Bradshaw, and more in today’s Last Lap.

  • Jennifer Hudson says Sexy and the City 3 “might be happening.” [Daily Mail]
  • A teenager was jailed today after stabbing and dismembering his 17-year-old girlfriend, stating he was obsessed with Dexter. [Mirror]
  • Kim Kardashian speaks out about allegations of her leaving baby North West in her hotel room during Paris Fashion Week. [Cosmopolitan]
  • Amanda Bynes displays bizarre behavior at LAX. [E!]
  • Is Tori Spelling pregnant? [Hollywood Life]
  • Real Housewives cast members respond to Teresa Giudice‘s prison sentence. [US Magazine]
  • Nick Lachey puts Emril Lagasse and Ty Pennington‘s culinary skills to the test on Big Morning Buzz Live

  • Cozy up for fall by kicking this weekend off with the Bulleit Bourbon cocktail, the Kentucky Autumn. Smooth with hints of maple and cinnamon, it’s perfect for the cooler weather, and spices up the usual all-pumpkin everything. Here’s what you need and how to make it:

1.25 oz. Bulleit® Bourbon
0.5 oz. ginger liqueur
1.5 oz. pomegranate juice
0.5 oz. lemon juice
0.5 oz. maple syrup
1 dash powdered cinnamon
3 dashes baked apple or orange bitters
Lemon twist for garnish

Shake all ingredients vigorously for 10 seconds over ice. Strain over fresh ice into large rocks glass. Garnish with fresh lemon twist.


[Photo Credit: Bulleit]

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