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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

Birthday: 11 September 1970, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Birth Name: Taraji Penda Henson
Height: 163 cm

Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for Hidden Figures (2016), Person of Interest (20 ...Show more

Taraji P. Henson
I love New York. Love it. I love New York. Love it.
Have we seen enough representation of African-Americans in stories? No. But has Hollywood been horri Show more Have we seen enough representation of African-Americans in stories? No. But has Hollywood been horrible to me? No. I've worked. Did I get paid what I deserve is the question we should be talking about. But I can't take that on; we know what the deal is, you understand? So I'm not gonna make it an issue. I'm not gonna say, "Oh it's hard for women--" I'm gonna work my ass off and hopefully the work that I'm doing will change things; we'll make it better for the next one comin' behind me, but while I'm in it, I can't talk about how hard it is or their not doing this for me because what happens is I'm blocking myself. So what I do is I work and you let me in, give me an inch, I'll take a mile. I mean, look at me now... I watch TV and I go, "Wow. They're saying 'Taraji' not 'Taraji P. Henson'"... So, you know, Hollywood has been incredible to me! See, I'm white, really I'm not black! Hide
Most men are fragile. Most men are fragile.
Love is the greatest gift that God has given us. It's free. Love is the greatest gift that God has given us. It's free.
A lot of times characters are combinations of people I come across in life. I people-watch a lot. A lot of times characters are combinations of people I come across in life. I people-watch a lot.
Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it's up to us to choose which way we're going to live Show more Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it's up to us to choose which way we're going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side, it doesn't mean you have to continue your journey that way. You always have time to turn it around. Hide
I've been doing a lot of drama, but I feel like comedy is my strength. I've been doing a lot of drama, but I feel like comedy is my strength.
I'm not a selfish actor. I believe that it's a team effort. You're not in a scene by yourself. I'm not a selfish actor. I believe that it's a team effort. You're not in a scene by yourself.
It's up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you're not happy. Your happiness lies in your h Show more It's up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you're not happy. Your happiness lies in your hands. You can't rely on a man to make you happy or complete you. That starts with you. Hide
With TV, you get on a show and you're there for 11 years playing the same character. I would pull my Show more With TV, you get on a show and you're there for 11 years playing the same character. I would pull my hair out. Yes, the money is good. But I'm really not in this business to chase dollars. Hide
I'm really silly. That's the thing that people don't get. I'm really silly. That's the thing that people don't get.
Acting for me is very therapeutic. It's my shrink. Acting for me is very therapeutic. It's my shrink.
Date a woman with children only if you are ready to man up, because it's a position that comes with Show more Date a woman with children only if you are ready to man up, because it's a position that comes with responsibility. Hide
I just like when I work with people that are professional and good. I just like when I work with people that are professional and good.
Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but Show more Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but it's there if you look deep. Hide
I'm always the cousin that can't make it to the family functions because I'm busy. I'm always the cousin that can't make it to the family functions because I'm busy.
I'm not interested in disposable music. I'm not interested in disposable music.
When I come home, it's about my kid, who needs to eat, needs to do homework, and needs to get to bas Show more When I come home, it's about my kid, who needs to eat, needs to do homework, and needs to get to basketball. I don't have a lot of time to think about me. Hide
I don't harp on the negative because if you do, then there's no progression. There's no forward move Show more I don't harp on the negative because if you do, then there's no progression. There's no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make. Hide
The best thing about being in New York is the people, and you get to walk everywhere. The best thing about being in New York is the people, and you get to walk everywhere.
I don't ever want to feel complacent. I don't ever want to feel complacent.
I feel like we all have our skeletons. I feel like we all have our skeletons.
I love the art of acting, so I don't care if I'm in a movie with 10 people, two people, or by myself Show more I love the art of acting, so I don't care if I'm in a movie with 10 people, two people, or by myself. I just really enjoy it. Hide
Singing is something I can do, but it's not my first passion. Singing is something I can do, but it's not my first passion.
Well, for one, I don't judge my characters. Well, for one, I don't judge my characters.
I don't care if you're a man, if you're a player: If God sends you that one and your heart is in it, Show more I don't care if you're a man, if you're a player: If God sends you that one and your heart is in it, you'll work it out. Hide
I'm a character actor. I'm a character actor.
I like to be home with my son, kickin' it and watching ESPN, a very normal life. I like to take him Show more I like to be home with my son, kickin' it and watching ESPN, a very normal life. I like to take him to school every day, watch his games. Hide
At the end of the day, I stand by who I am. I'm a good person. At the end of the day, I stand by who I am. I'm a good person.
A woman is gentle, soft, delicate, and a man's position is to protect her, help her up stairs, make Show more A woman is gentle, soft, delicate, and a man's position is to protect her, help her up stairs, make sure she's in the car safely first. Take good care of your woman, and the sky's the limit! Hide
I'm always confident when I sign up for a project that it's going to be good. That's why I sign up f Show more I'm always confident when I sign up for a project that it's going to be good. That's why I sign up for it. Hide
When I meet a person and that chemistry is there, I cannot hide the electricity. I need to learn mor Show more When I meet a person and that chemistry is there, I cannot hide the electricity. I need to learn more about him, and once I feel safe, I'm gone, I'm in love, and I give it my all! Hide
I would love to do a biopic of a famous singer, like Diana Ross or Donna Summer, or an old jazz stor Show more I would love to do a biopic of a famous singer, like Diana Ross or Donna Summer, or an old jazz story that we haven't seen before. I would love to do that! I would love to play Diana Ross 'cause she's an icon. I'm salivating to do that. Hide
I'm a creative person, so I have to stay busy. I'm a creative person, so I have to stay busy.
I'm always interested in challenging myself and pushing and seeing how far I can go. I'm always interested in challenging myself and pushing and seeing how far I can go.
I don't ever want to get boxed in, playing the same characters, over and over again. That's why I pr Show more I don't ever want to get boxed in, playing the same characters, over and over again. That's why I prefer features over television. Hide
I don't think a living being should suffer for the sake of fashion, period. End of story. You don't Show more I don't think a living being should suffer for the sake of fashion, period. End of story. You don't have to kill an animal just because you want to be hot and fly. And I really stand by that. Hide
I prefer doing feature films. I prefer doing feature films.
I like to disappear in my roles because I don't have an assistant. I like to disappear in my roles because I don't have an assistant.
With TV, the pace is so fast, the scripts are coming at you, the directors are firing things at you, Show more With TV, the pace is so fast, the scripts are coming at you, the directors are firing things at you, it's breathtaking. Hide
I'm nothing without God. I'm nothing without God.
Once you're a mom, always a mom. It's like riding a bike, you never forget. Once you're a mom, always a mom. It's like riding a bike, you never forget.
If I were to meet the most incredible man, and he just so happened to not make as much money as I do Show more If I were to meet the most incredible man, and he just so happened to not make as much money as I do, I wouldn't hold it against him. Hide
Oftentimes, when you have a huge studio film and you have big names attached, they like to keep atta Show more Oftentimes, when you have a huge studio film and you have big names attached, they like to keep attaching big names. Hide
I would love to play a superhero. I wish I could be in 'The Avengers,' kicking butt. I would love to play a superhero. I wish I could be in 'The Avengers,' kicking butt.
Something happens to a woman when she can't reproduce. I've not had to walk that path, but I can onl Show more Something happens to a woman when she can't reproduce. I've not had to walk that path, but I can only imagine when your organs don't work and how that could make you feel. Hide
I love children. I love children.
Taraji P. Henson's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (78)
Taraji P. Henson Taraji P. Henson'S roles
Yesss
Yesss

Sherry Parker
Sherry Parker

Vernell Watson
Vernell Watson

Clarice Clark
Clarice Clark

B'Ella
B'Ella

Cookie Lyon
Cookie Lyon

Elan
Elan

Nurse Theresa
Nurse Theresa

Whitney Rome
Whitney Rome

Lauren
Lauren

Shug
Shug

Sharice Watters
Sharice Watters

Lauren
Lauren

Angela Scott
Angela Scott

Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson

Detective Arroyo
Detective Arroyo

Queenie
Queenie

Melinda
Melinda

Terry
Terry

Cookie Lyon
Cookie Lyon

Dayna Collins
Dayna Collins

April
April

Catana Starks
Catana Starks

Joss Carter
Joss Carter

Camille Mercer
Camille Mercer

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