If you are following the new record-breaking series Empire, then you now why we are so in love with Taraji P. Henson.
The lead actress of Empire, Taraji Henson graces the cover for the February 2015 issue of Uptown magazine. The black star gets sexy in series of snaps taken by Gomillion & Leupold.
The 44 year old actress dishes on black actors in Hollywood, her role in Empire and so much more. Read excerpts from the interview below
On Black actors in Hollywood:
“It feels good that there’s not just one black person. I don’t like that we get fixated on one or two at a time, or three at a time. If you look at Caucasian Hollywood, every year there’s a handful of new faces you’ve never seen before, then after that, they got five movies coming out and they’re introducing you to more talent. So I’m just so happy to see what’s happening on television right now. We have options and that’s how it should be.”
On Empire and Playing the role of Cookie Lyons:
“That’s what art is supposed to do: expose this shit. You know, we’re dealing with subject matter that’s not really dealt with…so let’s lift the carpet up and deal with this dirt. It’s not like we bashed Barack Obama and the show went off. No, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) jumped in his [son’s] ass. That’s real life stuff. So I’m glad you’re mad.” “Cookie is a lot. 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.”
On The Success Of Her Career:
“This journey is not over,” she says with a bit of defiance in her voice. Empire was officially picked up for a second season and the future is sparkling bright for the rising star. “I’ve come a long way from ‘Aye, that’s that girl from Baby Boy’ to now people know how to pronounce my name. But I’m just scratching the surface. For whatever reason, God gave me this life, and I’m not gon’ fuck it up.”
Read more on the interview on uptownmagazine.com