Jennifer Hudson is looking for the perfect stage role for her Broadway debut after catching the musical theatre bug during her cameo on U.S. Tv show Smash.

The Dreamgirls star makes a guest appearance in the series' second season, playing a Tony-award winning actress alongside Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston in the show about New York's famed theatre district.

Hudson now admits the job has inspired her to tread the boards in real life.

She tells Entertainment Weekly, "It's not easy being on the stage, on Broadway. I take my hat off to those people.

"Doing the show has helped me get my feet wet for Broadway. I like to take one step at a time and I feel like this was a huge leap, but a great start into walking into that world, which is something I definitely want to do one day."