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Taraji P. Henson Talks TV Guide's Cover Snub, Career Challenges and Playing Bad Girl In "Think Like A Man"

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by Vanessa Martinez
January 10, 2012 9:05 PM
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Next month's issue of Upscale Magazine features Taraji P. Henson; who opened up about her character's snub on TV's Guide's cover of her new CBS show Person of Interest, her career hopes, and playing the role of the bad girl for the very first time in Think Like A Man, due out in theaters March 9th.

On TV Guide's cover snub:

“I just stated a fact. And the people spoke. And then CBS pulled the whole cover. I get that all the time. Sometimes I admit I feel like, ‘Can I catch a break?’ That wasn’t the first time it’s happened and it won’t be the last. This was just one time I chose to speak on it.”

On challenges of working in Hollywood and hopes for the future:

“Hollywood keeps trying to tell me that black women can’t open a film. I will absolutely prove them wrong before my career is done. I want to stretch my acting muscle and do something completely different. I’d love to play a man. Sounds weird, but I want to do something that make me work hard. Call me kooky, but I always want to go outside my comfort zone.”

On Playing the "bad girl" in the upcoming Think Like A Man:

“You’ve never seen me play this girl. She’s a bitch. And she’s the pretty girl in the film. I wanted this role so bad. I told the casting folks,’if you don’t let me get that role, I don’t need to be in this movie at all.’ They were thinking about casting a white girl for the role and I said, ‘No. I can’t do this.’ And then of course, when it’s time to start filming, I freaked out. I said, wait’ Maybe I should play the baby-momma instead….[LOL] I was scared because it’s so different than anything I’ve ever done.”

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4 Comments

  • paylorjoanne36@yahoo.com | January 16, 2012 8:40 AMReply

    I'am happy for you in your up coming role.I'm glad to hear your speaking up about your career, becuase if you don't care who will. I'am also a Wahingtonian and it's amazing that you've had the incentive to follow your dreams, keep striving for the ultimate challenge. Your a star now. much sucess in all that you do.

  • KeepingItReal | January 11, 2012 1:20 PMReply

    I love Taraji! I'm looking forward to her blowing up!

  • Tamara | January 11, 2012 9:24 AMReply

    "And then of course, when it’s time to start filming, I freaked out. I said, wait’ Maybe I should play the baby-momma instead….[LOL] I was scared because it’s so different than anything I’ve ever done." --- It's good she backed out of that corner. There's a gamut and a spectrum along which resides all types of roles and our actresses can and deserve the opportunity for all. Good luck to her.

  • sandra | January 10, 2012 9:34 PMReply

    Great to hear her side. She looks gorgeous on this cover! Typo in this article? "No. I can do this"?

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