Taraji P. Henson ia a Golden Globe Winning…Oscar nominated… Emmy Nominated (and the awards list goes on) American actress and singer. With almost 20 years in the entertainment industry under her belt, she has certainly left an indelible mark with roles in films such as Baby Boy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hustle & Flow, Think Like A Man, and Think Like A Man Too, as well as on television shows like The Division, Boston Legal and Person of Interest.
But you all have probably let her into your living rooms on Wednesday nights, and fell in love, as she served us all kinds of fierce, sexy, fabulousness & power with a tinge of no-nonsense, in her electrifying role as “Cookie Lyon” on the hit music industry inspired show Empire. Our #wcw (Women Crush Wednesday), is definitely a SiNgLe MoMmY Celebrity We Admire!
I wanted to share this interview with my SiNgLe MoMmY community, just to let you know that we can have it all…we can
accomplish great things as single mommies, if we want to! As you can see, Ms. Henson, is defintiely a testament to that.
“The music-biz drama Empire demolished TV ratings with its debut season: It’s the most watched new show in 23 years. The character fueling all of those record-breaking numbers? Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon, the ex-con boss-lady heroine whose wild antics have included producing hit singles, mooning a dinner party, and growling, “The streets ain’t made for everybody; that’s why they made sidewalks.” Henson’s ambitious performance has not only won her a cult following—superfans call themselves Cookie Monsters—it’s also earned her an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a drama series…
It’s another career-defining moment for the 45-year-old, who’s had a two-decade-long career as a working actress with standout movie roles in Hustle & Flow and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (which got her an Oscar nod in 2008). After two decades in the business, the girl with hustle from, in her words, “the ’hood in southeast Washington, D.C.,” has officially dominated Hollywood.
GLAMOUR: Speaking of your son [Marcel], you’ve shown firsthand that you don’t have to forget about your dreams when you become a mother. How did you make it work?
TPH: When I got pregnant in college, people said, “This is it for her.” But I did not stop. I never missed a class. I was in the school musical when I was six months pregnant—we just made the character pregnant. My mother swears Marcel came out doing the dance; he had learned the choreography. When I graduated, I carried my son across the stage. I wanted to be an actress; I moved out to L.A. with him. People were like, “Are you crazy, moving to California with your son?” My father was like, “Leave him home.” I said, “I can’t leave my son at home.” [And eventually] my father said, “That’s your baby. That’s your blessing. He’s going to be your strength.” And you know what? He was. I didn’t have time to go to the club to “network.” That’s B.S. No business deals go down at the club. So I didn’t get caught up in that. I had a mission. I had to make my dream come true. If I didn’t, what was I proving to my son?
GLAMOUR: Who do you want him to see you as?
TPH: People live by example. I can’t tell you, “You can be anything,” if I shot my own dreams down or was too afraid to go after them.
GLAMOUR: How has being a mom—and being in the spotlight— changed your ability to date over the last two decades?
TPH: I’m a mother first. I’m not trying to bring this guy and this guy around. I’m raising my son, and he’s gonna respect women, and that starts with me. [Dating] in the spotlight—I have to consider my son. I don’t want to make it uncomfortable for him when he goes to school with his peers. And I have to answer to my mom too. And my 91-year-old grandmother. I can’t be like, “Nothing, Grandma, I didn’t do it; it’s just a [picture of a] girl that looks like me, I promise!”
GLAMOUR: What are you looking for in a partner now? What do you feel like you’ve learned about dating?
TPH: I’m not twentysomething. I’m not trying to find myself—I know exactly who I am and exactly what I want. And I don’t want a fan. I want a man who understands me, who challenges me, who calls me on my sh-t instead of letting me get away with it because I’m supposed to be a star. I want a best friend.”
Mommies, you can read the full article on glamour.com