Jennifer Hudson was caught on camera in between takes of shooting her latest music video in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. Hudson, rocking her new short hairdo, was captured walking around the set in a white robe and matching white slippers.

Hudson recently opened up about her film and music career in an interview for the January issue of Essence. Among the many topics, she discussed her challenging 2013 roles – taking on the biopic Winnie Mandela and playing a drug addict in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Peat.

"I was so nervous about doing a good job that I started working on the accent a couple of months before I even got there,” Hudson said, referring to playing Winnie Mandela. "So much was done to suppress Winnie's voice, to keep her quiet,” Hudson added. “Winnie's story needed to be told."

As for her dramatic turn in the George Tillman Jr. film, Hudson admitted it was far from easy to get into the character of someone she had so little in common with. "It was a huge stretch for me to play Gloria," she told the magazine. “The drugs, the tattoos, the prostitution—her life is so different from my own."

Hudson, who released her newest single “I Can’t Describe” last month, will release her latest studio album sometime in 2014. Her latest movie, Black Nativity, hit theaters Nov. 27. Right now the multi-talented artist and entertainer feels as though she’s hit her sweet spot in the industry.

"I spent my twenties figuring out what I wanted to do, and trying everything," she says. "But by 30, my foundation was set. I became confident and clear about the path I wanted to take… Now I've really settled into myself. And I'm stronger than I've ever been."

– Chelsea Regan

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