Quote: "I'm not a mathematician - I actually failed math. I wasn't good at math at all! I still use my fingers - proud of it!" Actress Taraji P. Henson is not good with numbers, unlike her real-life Hidden Figures character Katherine Johnson, a rocket scientist who was part of a team of African-American women who worked with NASA to launch the organisation's first successful mission to the moon in 1969.
Quote: "We don't need to ask for ask for acceptance from anyone. We are enough." Taraji P. Henson had her say on the Oscars diversity controversy as she accepted her award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Cookie in Empire at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday (05Feb16).
Fact: Empire star Taraji P. Henson refused to be rushed offstage at Sunday's (10Jan16) Golden Globe Awards as she delivered her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama. The star, who earned the title for her portrayal of convicted drug dealer and music producer Cookie Lyon, started her speech by saying, "Cookies for everyone tonight, my treat...! Who knew that playing an ex-convict would take me all around the globe...?" The music signalling her exit cue soon began playing, prompting Henson to quip, "Please wrap? Wait a minute, I waited 20 years for this! You can wait!", as she completed her thank yous.
Fact: Elizabeth Banks, Taraji P. Henson, Lena Dunham and Cate Blanchett have made the The Hollywood Reporter's 2015 Women in Entertainment Power 100 list for the first time. The actresses join the ranks of studio heads and movie bosses, like James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, on this year's leading ladies list.
Quote: "To all of my fellow Americans... please don't send me any more cookies, 'cos I can't eat them, or I won't be able to fit in Cookie's clothing...! No more cookies." Taraji P. Henson is sick of sweet treat gifts from fans of her no-nonsense character in hit TV drama Empire.
Fact: Actress Vivica A. Fox is joining the EMPIRE family as Taraji P. Henson's TV sister. The Kill Bill star will make her debut as Cookie Lyon's eldest sibling on director Lee Daniels' hip-hop drama during its upcoming second season, which will also feature guest appearances from Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, among others.
Quote: "He had no buffer. He spoke the truth. It's heroic because in this society we have been trained to be politically correct. Political correctness is bulls**t. If I ask you a question right now, the first thing that comes in your mind is the truth. But we've all be been trained to breathe, digest the question, and manipulate the answer. Cookie doesn't do that." Taraji P. Henson on modelling her Empire character Cookie after her late dad.
Quote: "I always wanted to be known for my work. Not who I dated. Not who I slept with... I have a gift, and my gift is acting... I started in the business at 26 with a kid, so I was smart enough to know reality from fantasy. I didn't want to blur the lines. This is a job that I have to do. I cannot get caught up in it. And if I sleep with these guys, why would they want to work with me again?" Actress Taraji P. Henson refuses to romance co-stars.
Fact: Actress Gabourey Sidibe is adding author to resume by writing her own memoir. The Precious star will open up about her life in an as-yet-untitled book, which will hit stores in 2017. A statement from Sidibe reads, "I've been writing since I was a child and have always had so many stories to tell that are too long, shady, and impolite to share in interviews. It brings me much joy to add Published Writer to my resume of Actor and part-time Foot Model." Sidibe follows in the footsteps of her Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson, who will release her memoir next year (16).
Quote: "She's sort of my alter ego... I hate that b**ch... and the reason why is she's stolen my identity. No one ever calls me by my name (now). They call me Cookie." Actress Taraji P. Henson's life has been taken over by the popularity of her EMPIRE character Cookie Lyon.
Fact: Actress Taraji P. Henson is returning to U.S. crime drama PERSON OF INTEREST for a guest appearance, a year after her character, Detective Jocelyn Carter, was killed off. The Empire star will feature in flashback scenes in a season four episode, which will air next week (14Apr15).
Quote: "When I went in to read for Shonda Rhimes, in my mind I was like, 'This is Kerry Washington. Why am I even in here?' It was hers. It was her job, and she's great in it." Actress Taraji P. Henson had a feeling she wouldn't land the role of political fixer Olivia Pope in hit TV drama SCANDAL, which has since become a starring vehicle for Kerry Washington.