Before Taraji P. Henson was dominating television screens across the country as Cookie Lyon, the newly-minted Golden Globe winner was fed up with Jody’s boyish ways as Yvette in Baby Boy.
Now, just two days after Henson took home the gold for Best Actress in a TV Drama for her work in Empire, video has surfaced of her audition tape alongside Tyrese.
In the minute-long footage, the pair act out scenes from the cult classic that skyrocketed both of their movie careers to superstardom. The video, filmed at the turn of the millennium, sees the on-screen couple battling it out over several of their relationship problems including Jody’s cheating and frequent strip club visits. After asking several questions and receiving insufficient answers, Yvette’s anger gets the best of her and she lunges at her unfaithful boyfriend. Immediately after Henson demonstrated Yvette’s kung-fu skills, she and her longtime friend, Tyrese, couldn’t help but break character and burst into laughter as the video ends.
Made with a $16 million budget back in 2000, John Singleton’s tale of Jody Summers’ efforts to become the man his family needs marked the film debut of both Tyrese and Henson. The movie, which went on to make nearly $29 million domestically, was released in July of 2001.
Take a walk down memory lane with the hilarious footage below.