Taraji P Henson covers 1 of Glamour magazine ‘Game Changing’ October Issueby Tasharna Brown-Taylor Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 .
Taraji P Henson has been going hard this year. She’s currently acting in the hit tv show Empire playing one of our favourite characters ‘Cookie Lyon’ and she has been slaying magazine covers left and right.
The Empire star covers Glamour magazine’s October 2015 ‘Game Changing’ issue and slays it again. The issue includes three covers from Taraji, Gina Rodriguez who stars in ‘Jane the Virgin’ and Emma Roberts who stars in ‘Scream Queens‘. The trio sat down with Glamour to speak about their game changing roles.
The 44-year-old actress who turns 45 on Friday has been nominated an Emmy for Best Lead Actress for her role in Empire.
In the interview she talks about her character ‘Cookie Lyon’, Empire, her 21-year-old son Marcel and being a single mother in Hollywood.
On finding out she was nominated for a Emmy:
“ [Before the nominations] everybody kept saying to me, “Have you cleaned your mantel off?” I said, “Everybody chill.” I knew the day was coming, but I didn’t watch the nominations. I was getting ready to go to work. The phone rang, and it was my manager. I was like, “OK, he’s clearly not calling with bad news.” [Laughs.]
On why people connect with Cookie:
“ She is everybody’s alter ego. She crosses cultures. [Last year] we went to Paris and screened the pilot for a thousand people. Lee Daniels [the series’ cocreator] brought me onstage. The audience stood up on their feet and clapped. I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I’ve been told that black women don’t do well overseas, that they can’t open a film overseas. That moment for me was the best moment of my life. That’s better than any trophy, any award, any nomination. You know how they say music can heal the world? I feel that way about art in general.”
On her son Marcel and making her dreams come true:
“ 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?”
On being a single mother and dating:
“ 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!”
On what she’s looking for in a man:
“ 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.”