In a very eloquent and honest interview with Angie Martinez, Actress Taraji P. Henson discusses the unavoidable competition between herself and other black actresses in the industry, the use of the “N” word on prime time television and staying true to character even if you aren’t an advocate for their beliefs. PYNK Magazine has been riding with Taraji since she played “Yvette” in Baby Boy and now that she’s “Cookie,” she has gained even more status in the entertainment industry as an actress and as a game-changer. The 44-year-old star is inspirational as she speaks about the importance of focusing and staying true to her craft as an artist and her vision to continue to be a talented black woman on screen.
Apparently Taraji’s recent role as Cookie Lyon has been giving her severe buzz to the point where she cannot even go grocery shopping alone anymore. Empire has become a cultural phenomenon and Cookie is on the forefront of the shows’ success. The script is amazing and the Oscar-nominated actress delivers sheer talent as one of the most popular cast members. For aspiring actresses, Taraji displays pure professionalism; she is a woman of class who knows how to keep the passion in a scene while remaining plutonic. Watch the full 105.1 interview as she discusses awkward moments during sex scenes and the static between all the predominantly African-American casted shows on television right now.
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1. She is not in competition with other black female actresses.
2. During the filming of Baby Boy both Taraji and Tyrese were feeling each other.
3. Taraji has never mixed business with pleasure with an on-set muse.
4. Since Empire has aired Taraji has not been able to do basic errands that she’s used to doing such as, grocey shopping. (She had to hire an assistant)
5. Taraji says that if Terrence Howard wasn’t her co-star, she wouldn’t have taken the role as “Cookie Lyon.”
Watch the interview to learn more!