Conversations | Taraji P. Henson

by Tim Gordon

Oscar nominee and two-time Black Reel Award winner Taraji P. Henson sat down with TheFilmGordon to discuss stepping into the iconic role of Shug Avery in the updated adaption of The Color Purple.

Henson studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy. She co-starred in Hustle & Flow and portrayed a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2010, she appeared in the action comedy Date Night and the drama The Karate Kid, and in 2016, she starred as mathematician Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed drama Hidden Figures.

The DC native shares her return to singing, and her crusade around mental health in the Black community. Watch the Conversation, below: