Taraji P. Henson Would Love To Be In A Relationship, But…
Taraji P. Henson is the epitome of a woman’s woman. When Regina King won her second award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the 2016 Emmys, nobody cheered harder for her than Taraji.
And as beautiful a gesture of comradery her support was, the move also spoke to the actress’s character and her philosophy as a Black woman in the entertainment industry. As she recently told Marie Claire as the cover subject for their October issue, “How can we get ahead if we’re feuding and hating on each other all the time? I made a pact years ago that I would never hate on another female, ever, especially in this industry.”
It’s that mentality, as well as the iconic characters she plays, that have caused many to fall in love with the beauty who just turned 47 yesterday. Of course, with so many adoring fans, it’s natural for outsiders to wonder whether the mother of one has found a man to shower her with the same love. The iconic Empire star said though she’d love to find a companion, she can’t slow down waiting for someone who gets her.
“I would love to [be in a relationship],” she told Janet Mock for the feature, “but he has to see how I move and deal with it, because I don’t have time to explain. I’ve got work to do.”
If Penda wasn’t Taraji’s middle name (are you the only one who always wondered what the P stood for?), it could easily be work. On top of her busy schedule portraying Cookie Lyon, Taraji managed to squeeze in time to take on the part of Katherine Johnson in 2016’s Oscar, Sag, and Golden Globe nominated film Hidden Figures and in January her action-thriller flick Proud Mary hits theaters. She also recently hosted Black Girls Rock! and is in the midst of launching her second collection with MAC — and those are just the projects we know about. Given that lengthy list, it’s not hard to see why Taraji confidently stated, “You’ll never outwork me,” when it comes to the legacy she wants to leave. “I love black people. I love telling stories. I want these little girls to study me like I studied Meryl and Bette Davis and Carol Burnett. I want them to study my work, because I put a lot of work in, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.”