Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson has been on the trail promoting her new film “From the Rough”, a true story where she plays Catana Starks, the first African-American woman to coach a men’s NCAA Division I golf team. The actress spoke to EurWeb about the film.
“She has a very powerful story! I read the script and thought, ‘Wow! This woman actualized her dreams, even against the odds!’”
Taraji expressed being a bit intimidated playing a real life person, but got a few words of advice from the real life Starks.
“She told me not to worry about how I talk or how I walk, “shared the D.C. native. “Starks said, ‘the most important thing to me is the empowerment of women.’”
The film is one the last for the late Michael Clark Duncan. Taraji talks about working with him and credits him for helping her get through a tough scene.
“We had a very emotional scene – where Starks thinks she’s being fired,” she describes. “But my tears weren’t coming out…and that’s when you rely on your partner…I looked up into those warm welcoming eyes…and then I just started balling. That is what a great acting partner does! He is definitely missed.”
Watch Taraji’s interview with EurWeb below. “From the Rough” is in theaters today!