Taraji P. Henson is best known for her roles in “Baby Boy” (2001) and “Person of Interest.” The actress recently interviewed with Huffington Post to talk about motherhood and life as an actress.
On being a single mother to son Marcel,17.
“It’s difficult but such is life. It comes with challenges but at the same time I love being a mother. It’s the best part of my life. It enriches my life so much. It gives me other things to think about besides this crazy industry that I decided to partake in. It keeps me grounded and focused on what life is really about.”
On her diverse career.
“I’m just getting started. I still haven’t done theater yet. It’s funny, my audience is a wide range of people: Kids from “Karate Kid,” and then I have a mature crowd from “Benjamin Button.” I have a cult following because of “Baby Boy,” my very first film. They play it a lot on the channels that play videos. It’s a really interesting mix and I love it.”
The worry of securing gigs.
“Every actor — I don’t care how long they’ve been in the business — worries. That fear of “When is the phone going to stop ringing?” But I don’t suspect it will ever stop ringing. I’m going to be like Betty White. I’m going to work for as long as I want to.”
On having a college-bound son, and Empty-nest Syndrome.
“Yeah, people assume when I say that I have a son that he’s little. He’s looking at colleges now. [When he leaves] I’ll probably be 50-50. It’ll be like, “Woo-hoo I’m free!” The other half will be like, “What do I do now?” I’m so used to being a mom, and so used to saying, “Put your dirty clothes in the washroom! What do you want to eat for dinner?”‘ I’m so used to that. What do I do with myself after that?”
More children in the future?
“Noooo! No, thank you. You want to know what my birth control is? It’s called ‘teenager.'”
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