It’s undeniable how iconic Taraji P. Henson has become, and her major breakout role playing Cookie Lyon in ‘Empire’ solidified her as Hollywood royalty.
Having starred in ‘Hidden Figures’ and the upcoming comedy ‘What Men Want,’ the actor is now getting super real about representation in Hollywood. It turns out that she was never even invited oversees to do press before her role as Cookie.
“Hollywood executives would tell me that I don’t have fans all the way over there. I said, ‘You’re lying because they can reach me any time. I’m a finger tap away, and they let me know every day,’” she told InStyle for their January issue.
“Then we go to Paris [to promote ‘Empire’], and it’s standing room only in a room with 1,500 seats, I cried. If you believe what people tell you… you can’t let people tell you sh*t.”
Going on to speak about representation in Hollywood, Taraji said that she still isn’t sure why the people in charge don’t realise that including a diverse group of people on screen will not only encourage inclusion, but will also make them more money. Bottom line.
“Here’s the deal: When you talk about money, don’t you want to make money? I want every walk of life [in my films]. If I could put an alien in, I would,” she explained.
“I want their money too. Come on, it’s what the world looks like. That’s what people want to see, representation. That’s all. You can make money doing it. It’s a no-brainer.”
Going on to talk about her future projects and what she’d like to do, it turns out that she’s the ‘if you’ve got a check, I’ve got a talent’ queen we all needed to hear from.
“The older I get, I want to work smarter, not harder,” she shared with the publication. “DC, Marvel, you all can call me!”
We’re so here for Taraji taking a shot at becoming her very own superhero. After the success of Black Panther, maybe Hollywood will finally realise that it’s time for Storm to get her own film.
Seeing Taraji cast as the daughter of N’Dare, a Kenyan tribal princess, and one of the most powerful mutants in the damn universe, would be ev-er-y-thing.