WATCH: Jennifer Hudson Talks Aretha and 'Respect' on 'CBS Sunday Morning'

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Meeting Aretha Franklin might have been daunting for anyone - and it especially was for Jennifer Hudson, as she revealed in a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning.

"The very first thing Aretha [said] to me when we sat down was: 'You're gonna win an Oscar for playing me, right?'" the singer recalled. Hudson will finally honor the Queen of Soul's wishes when the biopic Respect opens on Friday, Aug. 13.

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The 10-minute segment features Hudson taking her first trip to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where Aretha cut the title track to her breakthrough album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You. (Local musicians David Hood and Spooner Oldham - the latter a keyboardist on that song, "Respect" and others across her first five Atlantic albums - also appear in the segment, offering their recollections of the singer.)

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Hudson also shares that she drew upon her own personal tragedies to get into the mindset of portraying Franklin. (Aretha's mother died of a heart attack before the singer turned 10; her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, was shot in an attempted robbery in 1979 and remained in a coma until his death in 1984. Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were murdered in 2008 by an estranged brother-in-law.)

"It's my real emotion that's telling this story," she said. "There's no way I would've been able to tell this in such an honest, vulnerable way, to those depths, without my own life experiences."

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