Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson is another one of those wonderful actors that consistently delivers quality work in just about everything she does. Her range of characters and emotions qualify her as one of the most versatile actors working today.

She can currently be seen as Detective Carter in the television show, Person of Interest, and was also a regular on Boston Legal, but sadly, her television work hasn't allowed her the depth and freedom that her film work has.


Even though she had been acting for a while, her first noticeable role was in John Singleton's Baby Boy, followed by her breakthrough performance as Shug in Hustle and Flow. Those two performances alone qualify her as one of the best and yet she topped them with her Oscar nominated portrayal of Queenie, the caregiver that raises the boy with the aging disease in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Her television work is good, but her film work is exceptional. In fact, it's hard to believe it's the same actress in all of these roles. Taraji P. Henson doesn't need fame. That would only limit her possibilities. Her career is going along just fine. Besides, who needs to be a star? Especially when you already shine.

ADDENDUM
Since this was first published, Taraji P. Henson for the most part has become famous with staring roles in television's Empire as well as a main player in the Oscar nominated, Hidden Figures. And while I'm sad she's leaving the ranks of the Not Very Famous, I am happy for her success and look forward to her future. 

2 comments:

  1. Taraji is finally getting her shine as Cookie on Empire, which is a good show. However, we only get to see the top layer of her acting abilities there. Hopefully in season two Lee Daniels will showcase her depth as an actress. If that happens , I predict an even bigger role in her future.

    By the way, great blog. :)

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  2. Thanks L. Jones. Yes, since this writing, she has gained some fame thanks to Empire. We'll have to wait and see if the mainstream audiences discover in her what we already know.

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