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QUOTABLE: “Who wants to come to Hollywood and be on the B-list? I want the A-list!” – TARAJI P. HENSON

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Happy Fabulous Sunday!


Looking forward to Hollywood fab actress, Taraji P. Henson‘s new show “Person Of Interestcoming to CBS.

“Wherever it is I’m going in this business, I’m not there yet,” Taraji P. Henson says, laughing. “Who wants to come to Hollywood and be on the B-list? I want the A-list!”

In an interview with The Washington Post, (Lifestyle) gave a scoop in the life of Hollywood actress Taraji P. Henson

Taraji Penda Henson, 40, has had numerous roles in film and television, but it hasn’t come easily. In the 15 years since she moved to Los Angeles — as a broke single mother — there have been long stretches when she had no acting work at all.

I personally fell in love with Taraji in the classic (at least to me) film, “Hustle & Flow” which earned her rave reviews. She played Shug, a pregnant prostitute with a big voice. She actually sang the chorus of the film’s Oscar-winning anthem, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” during the 2006 Academy Awards.

One would have thought that her acting career would have soared after her performance in “Hustle & Flow”, with movie scripts coming to her left & right. Not so….

“It never really occurred to me that I wouldn’t make it out here; it was just surviving in the interim,” she says. “Now, did the interim seem rreeeeaaalllly long?” She laughs. “Yeah. Yes. Sure.”

Proving herself after several roles,

…she was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as a caregiver in 2008’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” starring Brad Pitt, right. She had reluctantly called off a garage sale at home to audition for the film.

But still, Hollywood was not calling. She was cast in Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,”

How did she go from working on prestige films such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to starring in movies by Tyler Perry, who’s regarded as a likable but limited producer of broad comedies?….

“He was the only one who called.”

Insightful indeed.


Taraji, you are A list with us!


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