Taraji P Henson Quotes

Taraji P Hendon Quotes On Acting

I love the art of acting, so I don’t care if I’m in a movie with 10 people, two people, or by myself. I just really enjoy it.

I like to be scared. I don’t like feeling like “Oh, this is going to be a walk in the park”. If I ever get to that place, I’ll just stop acting.

Katherine Johnson passion for math, the way I light up when I get asked questions about acting is the way her eyes danced when she talked about math and how she wanted people to fall in love with numbers the way that she did. If I had a teacher like that, I could have been a rocket scientist.

Taraji P Hendon Quotes On Hate

There is always going to be love versus hate; we struggle with that as humans within ourselves every day; as a society, we have to struggle. So when you wake up, you have to decide which side you’re going to be on. Hopefully, that side is positive, so you do the work and hope that your legacy will help change things.

I hate when things get labeled as “black movies.” I don’t say, “Oh, this weekend, I want to see an all-white movie,” or “I want to see a black movie.” I just go to a movie because I saw the previews and I relate to it. I want to see it because the previews look interesting.

Taraji P Hendon Quotes On Home

I like to be home with my son, kickin’ it and watching ESPN, a very normal life. I like to take him to school every day, watch his games.

I’m pretty much the same. I’m consistent. There aren’t two mes. There is only one me. I can only be myself, and that’s who I always am whether I’m at home or on the carpet.

When I come home, it’s about my kid, who needs to eat, needs to do homework, and needs to get to basketball. I don’t have a lot of time to think about me.

When I go home to visit, they never treat me like a celebrity. They still treat me like TJ. If I leave dishes in the sink, they’ll let me know.

I’m not twentysomething. I’m not trying to find myself – I know exactly who I am and exactly what I want. And I don’t want a fan. I want a man who understands me, who challenges me, who calls me on my sh-t instead of letting me get away with it because I’m supposed to be a star. I want a best friend.

I don’t think about other people. They are not walking in my shoes. They are not paying my bills. What makes me happy is when I do what I like to do, for me.

People live by example. I can’t tell you, “You can be anything,” if I shot my own dreams down or was too afraid to go after them.

I’m pretty much the same. I’m consistent. There aren’t two mes. There is only one me. I can only be myself, and that’s who I always am whether I’m at home or on the carpet.

I would have to say movies are my favorite. I love doing TV, too, but it’s always rush, rush, rush. With a feature film, those moments and scenes get a chance to breathe, because you don’t have to accomplish as much in one day.

My first big heartbreak proved to me that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

What gives me the greatest satisfaction is the number of people I can affect with my gift, with what I do. That’s the most important thing to me, more important than any trophy or award.

There is always going to be love versus hate; we struggle with that as humans within ourselves every day; as a society, we have to struggle. So when you wake up, you have to decide which side you’re going to be on. Hopefully, that side is positive, so you do the work and hope that your legacy will help change things.

When I get that question,

When I get that question, about diversity, I don’t go, “Yeah, well you know they don’t pay me.” That’s not my story. I own six properties; Hollywood has been damn good to me. Now you can ask me, “Have they paid you what you deserve?” That’s the question, but you’d have to go to the studios, I don’t know. I do the work!

Taraji P Hendon Quotes On Girl

In my mind I’m like, “No, Katherine Johnson it was you. It was your mind alone that got John Glenn to orbit the earth.” He didn’t say, “Go get so in so.” He said, “Go get that smart girl.” But that fact that that she sees the “we” in “I,” blew me away.

When I was growing up, no one ever said to me, “You cannot do math because you’re a girl.” But, there was an understanding growing up that math and science were for boys. Somebody lied to me because Katherine Johnson woman exists, all of these women existed.

Taraji P Hendon Quotes On Eyes

Katherine Johnson passion

Katherine Johnson passion for math, the way I light up when I get asked questions about acting is the way her eyes danced when she talked about math and how she wanted people to fall in love with numbers the way that she did. If I had a teacher like that, I could have been a rocket scientist.

On my iPad, and I’m quite a fool for this, but I use Post-It notes to cover up the camera. It’s just weird with that little eye there and sometimes it’ll be green and I know I didn’t turn it on. It’s very spooky.

Taraji P Hendon Quotes On Feel

I feel like I’m already a winner. I’ve made so many dreams come true. I’m here. Whether you walk away with a statue [ Emmy]or not, you shouldn’t make it about it that necessarily. Everyone who’s here in this house tonight is a winner.

It’s an important moment. I just feel like I want it to happen tonight, either for myself or Viola [Davis] so we can get past it, so it’s not big news anymore. I mean, it is 2015. We have a black president.

With camera phones and, you know, iPad’s and cameras at stoplights, it’s like I just want to drive around with a bag on my head because I just feel like everyone’s watching.

You could be laughing one day about the same issues that you’re crying about the next day, so that’s life.

I think I'm a better comedic

I think I’m a better comedic actress than I am a dramatic actress, but everybody believes I’m this dramatic actress and I’ll take it.

On my iPad, and I’m quite a fool for this, but I use Post-It notes to cover up the camera. It’s just weird with that little eye there and sometimes it’ll be green and I know I didn’t turn it on. It’s very spooky.

So much could go wrong on a date. What if he turns out to be a jerk? [You need] A back-up plan, just in case he doesn’t work out, you can move on to the back-up plan

Sometimes you have to say the words exactly how they are on the page, but sometimes when you improv, it only helps to get across what’s on the page, and I just love working with directors who allow that.

Improvisation helps because

Improvisation helps because you get what’s on the page and you make it a little more palatable to your tongue. And that’s the beauty of creating and being spontaneous. That’s the way I love to work.

If I feel like I’ve reached this greatness in my career than there’s no more room for growth. I don’t think I’m ever going to get there. If I ever get complacent, it’s time for me to bow out.

When I go home to visit,

When I go home to visit, they never treat me like a celebrity. They still treat me like TJ. If I leave dishes in the sink, they’ll let me know.

I’m constantly proving myself. I have to always prove myself. There are roles where I feel like, “That should have been a straight offer. Why am I having to call my people and fight for it?”

I’m always talking to the writers because I find it so fascinating, how they’re able to go to these different levels with the different stories, and have all these layers to peel back.

I really wish Hollywood would stop labeling movies, especially movies with predominantly black casts. Then, it makes others feel like, “Oh, well, that’s not for me.” At the end of the day, everybody understands love, loss, pain and heartbreak. That’s not a color.

I hate when things get labeled as “black movies.” I don’t say, “Oh, this weekend, I want to see an all-white movie,” or “I want to see a black movie.” I just go to a movie because I saw the previews and I relate to it. I want to see it because the previews look interesting.