Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson is an American actress and author. Henson’s breakout role came in 2005 when she played the character of Shug in the hit film Hustle & Flow. Her portrayal of a down-on-her-luck prostitute turned R&B singer earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The following year, she landed a lead role in the film Four Brothers, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Andre Benjamin.
Henson’s career continued to soar in the years that followed, with standout performances in films such as Talk to Me, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Hidden Figures. Her role in the latter film, where she played real-life NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson, garnered critical acclaim and earned her nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In addition to her film work, Henson has also made a name for herself on television. She starred in the hit drama series Person of Interest, and is perhaps best known for her role as Cookie Lyon in the hugely popular musical drama series Empire. Her performance as the feisty and unapologetic matriarch of a music dynasty earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Henson also starred as Detective Joss Carter in the CBS crime drama series Person of Interest. Her portrayal of the tough and determined cop who refused to compromise her values won her widespread praise and helped to establish her as one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood.
Throughout her career, Henson has collaborated with many other influential people in the entertainment industry. She has worked alongside Hollywood legends such as Brad Pitt and George Clooney in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and she has shared the screen with talented actors like Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae in Hidden Figures.