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Taraji P. Henson Covers Rolling Out Magazine, Talks Building A Hollywood Empire


Hollywood actress Taraji Henson looks smashing on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Out magazine wearing a Marissa Webb-designed red suit accessorized with gold and silver pumps with a black vamp. The No Good Deeds actress looks fierce in an asymmetrical bob with a side-swept fringe.

Talking to the magazine, Taraji P. Henson sheds light on building an empire in Hollywood, wading through a mostly male dominated industry and more. Below are some highlights from Henson‘s interview with Rolling Out:


On what she is protecting in real life: Everything that I’ve worked for … I have built an empire in one generation. My son [Marcel] does not remember the bad times. I preach to him that he should protect it as well. I’ve done what my mother wasn’t able to do or her mother. That’s pretty huge. I emphasize him protecting it as well, with social media, [telling him to] be careful what you put out there. They are going to try to get to me through you.

When she knew she had it: My whole life, I performed in front of anybody who’d listen. I got serious about it when I saw my Howard University colleagues make it. I would attend the movies and ask, ‘Is that Paula Jai Parker?’ ‘Is that Anthony Anderson?’ I realized I could do this and really make money. Even though I studied it, it seemed so far removed and I wondered if I’d be a starving theater actress. We have great people to look up to; alumnae Lynn Whitfield, Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad. I went into the program with a lot hope. It was when I saw my actual peers book jobs, I told myself, ‘I can do this!’ It’s when I got really serious about it.

On Vulnerability: I’m a very emotional creature. That’s why I am an actress, not a cop or a politician. I am really tapped into my emotions. If I feel like I want to cry, I cry. I don’t fight it. My most vulnerable is … in a relationship.

Read up the full interview Here.


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