Building A Hollywood Empire: Taraji Henson For Rolling Out

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Taraji Henson For Rolling Out

Just in time before the release of her upcoming film, No Good Deed (the film hits theaters Fri, Sept 12), successful actress Taraji Henson covers the latest issue of Rolling Out magazine, wearing a Marissa Webb-designed red suit accessorized with gold and silver pumps with a black vamp.

In No Good Deed, the Oscar nominee “plays an Atlanta housewife living a quiet suburban life with her husband and two kids. She finds herself in a deadly cat and mouse game on a stormy night with an escaped killer named Colin, played by Idris Elba.”

Below are some highlights from Henson‘s interview with Rolling Out.

On what she is protecting in real life:

Everything that I’ve worked for … I have built an empire in one generation. My son [Marcel] does not remember the bad times. I preach to him that he should protect it as well. I’ve done what my mother wasn’t able to do or her mother. That’s pretty huge. I emphasize him protecting it as well, with social media, [telling him to] be careful what you put out there. They are going to try to get to me through you,” she explains.

When she knew she had it:

My whole life, I performed in front of anybody who’d listen. I got serious about it when I saw my Howard University colleagues make it. I would attend the movies and ask, ‘Is that Paula Jai Parker?’ ‘Is that Anthony Anderson?’ I realized I could do this and really make money. Even though I studied it, it seemed so far removed and I wondered if I’d be a starving theater actress.”

She continues, “We have great people to look up to; alumnae Lynn Whitfield, Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad. I went into the program with a lot hope. It was when I saw my actual peers book jobs, I told myself, ‘I can do this!’ It’s when I got really serious about it.”


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On when she first read the No Good Deed script which was delivered to her by producer Will Packer:

I read that script and was like, whoa, especially when I read the plot twist.”

On when she is vulnerable:

“I’m a very emotional creature. That’s why I am an actress, not a cop or a politician. I am really tapped into my emotions. If I feel like I want to cry, I cry. I don’t fight it. My most vulnerable is … in a relationship,” she laughs.

No Good Deed opens in theaters Friday, September 12th.

Photos Credit: Rolling Out


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