We love Taraji P. Henson!
The Oscar award nominee is the chosen ‘cover girl’ for UPTOWN magazine’s March issue because she is SEXY, Confident, & Causing Controversy! Taraji is taking viewers by storm thanks to her new hit lead role as ‘Cookie Lyons’ on FOX new hit series ‘EMPIRE’.
In the mag, Taraji talked about her new role [which fans have call the ‘favorite’] along with all the increased buzz that has everyone wanting to work with the star. The actress went on to say that despite her 20-year career, there’s more work to be done, and dished on an upcoming film that she’s working on.
Catch out a few pics and excerpts below and head over to UPTOWN here for the full read.
On Playing Cookie Lyons:
“I played a lot of characters that could’ve been borderline stereotypical women, but my job as an actress is to make the audience understand and empathize with the people. Cookie is a lot,” she says. “She wears me out but I know this woman. I’ve done my research inside and out. I took Cookie from Lee and made her my own.”
Her Thoughts On Racial Profiling Amongst Black Men:
“My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for.
Then he’s at University of Southern California, the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets. So guess where he’s going? Howard University. I’m not paying $50K so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.”
Awards & Accolades:
“Right now, the hype is great. I hope that now, because of my name, people are starting to connect the dots. But for me, it’s not about awards because that’s so political, so finicky.
Yes, having that beautiful trophy is a great accomplishment, but that doesn’t alter how I’m gonna move in this industry. I just put my knuckles to the wall and I work.”
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