Taraji P. Henson is on a career high due to the huge success of her hit TV show, which I love, 'Empire'. With her opening the Monaco TV festival this past weekend and now she is the July 2015 cover star of Allure magazine. On the cover shot by Carter Smith, Taraji is wearing a J. MENDEL PRE-FALL 2015 lurex pleated chiffon dress.
I love the big curly hair and her make-up is beautifully done. Continue below to read some excerpts from Taraji's interview. For more on her feature, visit Allure.com and pick up a copy on newsstand.
On her career struggle:
"I've had so many false starts. If it's easy, what story are you going to tell? Nobody wants to hear about how easy it was. That doesn't inspire anyone."
On her personal life:
"I always wanted to be known for my work. Not who I dated. Not who I slept with.... I have a gift, and my gift is acting. I started in the business at 26 with a kid, so I was smart enough to know reality from fantasy. I didn't want to blur the lines. This is a job that I have to do. I cannot get caught up in it. And if I sleep with these guys, why would they want to work with me again? Why wouldn't they? The conquest is up, Now I'm just used-up p..."
On not mixing work with pleasure and working hard:
"You have to stay professional. It is a business. I'm not letting no knucklehead dude come between my hard work and my money. I come from a family of hard workers. Oh, yeah, I knew how to hustle and make money. We used to do wet sets.... I bought a hooded dryer, and I had my box of rollers. I could have gone to jail; I had no license whatsoever. But it was just my friends. They were like, 'Girl, hook me up.'