Taraji P. Henson Talks ‘Baby Boy’ And Why She’s Glad She Didn’t Win An Oscar
Powerhouse actress and all around fab chick Taraji P. Henson graces the cover for the latest issue of YRB Magazine. In the issue the Oscar nominated actress dishes with the mag about her latest roles, love, why she’s glad she didn’t win the Oscar for ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ and much more.
On Being Happy She Didn’t Win the Oscar for ‘Benjamin Button’
“I really am glad that I didn’t win the Oscar that year. [African-American actors] have already won awards for playing those types of characters. I’m ready for us to win by [acting in] a comedy or a love story or just something different than the norm.”
On Baby Boy
“Baby Boy wasn’t just a black movie. Everyone can relate to a baby boy to some degree. He is not a color; he’s a person. I remember when John Singleton (the film’s director) sat both myself and Tyrese down in the beginning of filming and told us that he wanted to make a film that people would want to watch 17 times, and judging by how much it has been in rotation, I think John’s mission is accomplished.”
On her new show “Person Of Interest”:
I really don’t like doing television because I get bored, but when you get a call from a writer of the caliber of Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), you kinda can’t say no to that. They really thought outside of the box when they considered me. Jonathan knew of my work and really wanted to work on a project with me. This is a three-person lead television show, and normally people don’t even think of an African-American in that context, but he thought of me right away, and so I decided to carpe diem and seize the moment.
On Her Love Life & Relationship With Tyrese
“He’s like my brother, for real. That would just seem really weird for the two of us to suddenly get together.”
“I’m not looking right now, but I would like a man that knows how to be a man and not be a boy pretending to be a man. I need a guy that’s not enthralled by what I do. I want someone to fall in love with, not Taraji the actress, but Taraji the person.”
On her style icons:
I have always thought Lena Horne, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe had amazing style. The things they wore were timeless, and could transcend time.
On The Future
“When things start sagging and I don’t look the same, I would like to get into producing. To produce and direct is a lesson learned, and that is something that I would like to embark on further down the line. As for now, I want to continue to just play the game. I want my journey to be legendary. To have people study my work the way I studied Bette Davis would mean so much to me. God has a plan for me to be here, and I’m here to do just what it is that He will have me do.”