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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Taraji P. Henson Reveals Why She Didn’t Want To Be On 'Empire' Initially

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Hollywood actress, Taraji P. Henson who has received much praise for her portrayal of a tough music business executive in popular TV series 'Empire', has revealed she was reluctant to take on the role of Cookie Lyon at first because she didn’t want to become a Hollywood stereotype.
"I’ve been deemed as the edgy one in Hollywood sometimes," she told U.S. chat show The Talk on Wednesday (04Jan17). 
"In your career, when you’re building, you’re trying not to pigeonhole yourself and so I’ve been the girl in the hood, I’ve been the pregnant prostitute, I’ve done the woman that could be stereotypical and so Cookie scared me. 
But the beauty in studying the craft is you don’t judge those characters. You find a way to make people empathise. Now, if I played her loud and sassy all the time people will go, ‘She’s a stereotype’. 
You don’t connect, but if you play the why the person is the way that she is then the character is not a stereotype. Then you are allowed to identify with her choices because you see her as a real person. 
I was hurt (when I read the script) because growing up as a young girl, there was an understanding that math and science was for boys. 
So immediately I felt like a dream had been stolen from me. After I got the script I thought, ‘That’s horrible, because what if I was allowed to dream to be a rocket scientist?’ Who knows where my life would be… 
I can think back in class when you have to pick your seats all through my educational life I chose to sit in the back of the classroom when it came to math and science because it was like, ‘Well it’s not for me’,” she added. 
So I was upset and I made it my mission to be a part of this film because I didn’t want another girl to ever believe that her brain cannot understand numbers and rocket science.
If boys can do it, you can do it too. A brilliant mind doesn’t have a colour or a gender.”

News Credit: CBS 

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