If you thought that DC native, Taraji P. Henson, was only building a empire on TV you are sadly mistaken. The actress is building an empire in real life and she’s taking no shorts while building her kingdom. Taraji is killing Essence‘s November 2015 cover, all the while dropping knowledge on surviving in an industry full of up and downs. Check out a few excerpts from Queen Taraji below.
On gaining a new following since Empire
“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…”
On building her own off-screen empire
“I’m just gonna keep amassing an audience,” says the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress. “Everything was strategically planned. This is what all my efforts are for.”
On being a trained actress in a world of reality stars
“These kids are thinking they can do reality TV and come and do this craft that I studied, sweated and grinded,” says Henson. “People forget it’s a craft because it’s so pop now…Can they make me believe the words coming out of their mouth?”
I don’t know if we believe them Taraji, but we are here for everything you have to you say lol. Check out the entire cover story in the November 2015 issue of Essence magazine when it hits newsstands on October 16th.