Image Credit: Sheryl Nields

Image Credit: Sheryl Nields

Taraji P. Henson’s new movie “No Good Deed” opens up this month and she’s making her rounds promoting the film. Although she has an impressive acting resume, Henson says she’s still selective when it comes to her films, and Hollywood still doesn’t know what to do with her.

During a recent appearance on HuffPost Live where she explained why she will never shy away from starring in independent films.

“It’s never about the money for me. It’s about the craft of acting, and that’s what I love to do,” she stated to Marc Lamont Hill. “I figure if I keep proving how good I am the money will come. And that’s actually what has been happening in my career. It doesn’t matter if it’s a low budget, an independent, I will still do an independent film today. Because to me those are the most exciting roles, the most challenging, because they’re not the Hollywood wrapped up, sewed up at the end, all perfect endings. So I really lean, still, towards the films that don’t have big budgets.”

Henson also said that Hollywood still doesn’t realize her money earning potential. “I don’t think a lot of the executives get me. And I think a lot of times studios, they don’t know or really realize that I actually have a box office draw… they’ll see.”

Taraji is also on the latest cover of EBONY – make sure to pick up the issue on newsstands now!

Courtesy of EBONY

Courtesy of EBONY

Check out her interview below:

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  • Mr. Man

    “It’s never about the money for me. It’s about the craft of acting, and that’s what I love to do,” she stated to Marc Lamont Hill. “I figure if I keep proving how good I am the money will come. And that’s actually what has been happening in my career. It doesn’t matter if it’s a low budget, an independent, I will still do an independent film today. Because to me those are the most exciting roles, the most challenging, because they’re not the Hollywood wrapped up, sewed up at the end, all perfect endings. So I really lean, still, towards the films that don’t have big budgets.”

    ^^^
    And for this reason right here she will always have work, in these days (across all industries) this is most important. Nevermind the execs, just keep griding and maybe one day they will get you, for now keep working and keep the bills paid.

  • ALM

    I love her take on this. Her words are actually true about the majority of actors of color in Hollywood.

    It’s also great to know that she is smart about her financial planning so that she doesn’t have to take any old role just to make the bills.

  • jenb

    She’s correct. I even see this with white actors. Most of them partially finance films so they can get made. Sadly all actors, especially black ones, are at the mercy of a LITERALLY a dozen old white men that choose what gets made, and who stars in it. I’m starting to see a lot of indie films make a lot of money. I want to see black actors in quality films, so I lean more towards indie. Keep on pushing Taraji.

  • MayaSimoneTruth

    Great perspective and I really respect it. She’s telling the truth.