As you know, Henson had her breakthrough performance in the 2001 film Baby Boy and later starred in Hustle & Flow alongside her Empire co-star Terrence Howard. She has been nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and most recently, for an Emmy for her portrayal of Cookie Lyon in Empire.
That being said, Taraji has a few thoughts about the reality tv boom, stating:
These kids are thinking they can do reality TV and come and do this craft that I studied, sweated and grinded.
People forget it’s a craft because it’s so pop now… Can they make me believe the words coming out of their mouth?
Check out Taraji’s full photo spread below…
In addition to being cover art, Henson speaks about her newfound popularity as ‘Cookie’ and notes that she’s flattered that many are seeking to know more about her.
Even though people are just now finding me as Cookie, thank God for Netflix because people are so moved by my performance they’re like, ‘Where has she been?’
I’ve always said I want to do the type of work that people study.
Read more about the interview at Essence, or pick up the issue when it hits stands Friday, Oct. 16th.
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