BY SHAMAN MOMOH
Taraji P. Henson is known in this part of the world for her recent performance in Fox‘s TV series Empire alongside Terrence Howard. A large section of the Black community has also reserved a dear spot for her since her portrayal of Yvette, in John Singleton’s Baby Boy in 2001.
Last weekend, at the 19th Annual American Black Film Festival she opened up to Gayle King to talk about her acting career, relationship, raising her son and many more.
The former electrical engineering student revealed she almost did not do Empire, the series that has undoubtedly given her global attention. She said, “As humans, the first thing that we do is judge, and when I picked the script up, I just wasn’t interested. I was done with TV; I felt trapped in a little box. I was doing a play in Pasadena. LA is not a theater driven town, but I didn’t care if no one came to see the show, I did it for me. That show sold out every night. I was the lead and I challenged myself. I’ve never played a lead in a play, and my name was never above the marquee; so I did that. So I was immersed in that play when my manager called with the script for ‘Empire.’ And it scared me; it scared the life out of me.“
Here are some highlights from the conversation.