Taming Taraji

Allison Mitchell | September 5, 2014 | Articles

From melting our hearts as Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to making us laugh as feisty Lauren in the Think Like a Man franchise, Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson is a woman of many faces. This month, she’s sharing the big screen with Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba and showing off her survival skills in the heart-stopping Atlanta-shot thriller No Good Deed. Here, the fab 40-something dishes on new projects, her shoe addiction and more. @therealtaraji

Tell us about No Good Deed and working with Elba.
What I loved about [this movie] was the script and [that] there’s a sick twist at the end. I’ve portrayed a lot of strong women before but [my character Terri] is such a fighter. It was a lot of fun [working with Elba]. He and I have this banter, he likes to push my buttons and I’m a little whippersnapper.

How was it shooting in A-Town?
Well my very close friends live there, so I visit a lot. I like to go to Lenox [Square] and Phipps [Plaza] when I visit. I grew up in D.C., but every summer I would stay with my grandma in the South, so I’m a little bit of a country and a city girl.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
It depends. I love shoes and bags. I’ve had to do inventory on my closet because I’ve outgrown it! I’m having a new closet built in my glam room where I get dressed and do my hair and makeup, so I had to take all of my shoes out. I have so many Christian Louboutins, it’s ridiculous.

How many are we talking?
Right now, I’m looking at around 115 pumps, and I still need to count the boots. [laughs]

If you weren’t an actress, what would we find you doing?
Probably hair and makeup or wardrobe. I’m really into hair care. You know how they say, ‘No one can love you better than you love yourself?’ Well, no one can take better care of my hair than me.

Let’s talk about the future. You’re set to star in the new FOX drama Empire opposite Terrence Howard out in January. Give us the deets!
I am so excited about that! I haven’t been this excited about going to work since [The Curious Case of] Benjamin Button. Just expect to fall in love with [my character,] Cookie Lyon. She says the things people are afraid to say.


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