“I’m gonna go with Tyler Perry because he has his own private jet.”
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Queen Taraji P. Henson continues to consistently kill it in every single role she slips into — from the vivacious Cookie Lyon on Empire to the iconic Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures. And now she's at it once again, this time taking on a psychological thriller role in Tyler Perry's Acrimony.
To celebrate the film's release, we sat down with Taraji in a room full of rescue pups (with an important cameo by Tyler Perry) to have her answer everything you've always wanted to know — and she did *not* disappoint. Here's what went down.
What character have you enjoyed playing the most throughout your career, and why?
TPH: I think I would have to say Vernell Watson from Talk To Me, because she was fly, she was the '70s. The movie was set in the '70s and I loved her wardrobe and she was, she was the real Cookie!
You’re stranded on a desert island. Which of these people you’ve worked with before do you want with you: Tyler Perry, Octavia Spencer, Terrence Howard, or Brad Pitt.
Taraji P. Henson: I’m gonna go with Tyler Perry because he has his own private jet.
What’s your biggest deal-breaker when it comes to relationships?
TPH: Lying. You can’t lie to me. If you do, I’ll turn into Melinda [from Acrimony]!
What is the craziest or scariest thing that happened to you on set while filming Acrimony?
TPH: These puppies right now! They are attacking my weave, honey. I guess the scariest thing I had to do was to jump in this pool, in the middle wee hours of the night, or morning.
Can you share one funny or embarrassing fact that most people don’t really know about you?
TPH: I’m kinda gassy.
Acrimony has a lot to do with not being able to truly let things go — what advice do you have for someone to be able to really just move forward and move on?
TPH: See, that's a great question for you [Tyler Perry]!
Tyler Perry: I would tell people that if you spend so much time in your life looking back, you can't get to what's in front of you. You can't get to what's ahead of you, because you miss the great things that are waiting for you.
TPH: Just move on, honey! Like these puppies, they moving on.
TP: Just move on, just move on.
What are some of the weirdest jobs you had before becoming an actress?
TPH: I was a singing, dancing waitress. I wouldn’t call that really weird.
TP: A singing, dancing waitress?
TPH: Yeah, on a riverboat.
TP: Riverboat… Proud Mary?
[Taraji starts singing “Proud Mary”]
Which celebrity makes you laugh the most?
TP: Kevin Hart.
TPH: Oooh, cliche! Sike, I love Kevin Hart.
You can catch Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry’s Acrimony now in theaters everywhere!
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