"F**k It!" Friday: Taraji P. Henson
Taraji's our "F**k It!" Friday inspo this week. QUEEN.
HEY everyone! You’ve made it to the end of the week *cue confetti emojis* so now it’s time to wind down with another one of MTV Breaks’ “F**k it!” Friday features - dedicated to celebrating those celebs who took major leaps of faith to make it big time in their respective industries.
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You miss 100% of the chances you don’t take, right? Our role model of the week - the one and only MS. TARAJI P. HENSON of the popular TV drama Empire and the brilliant movie Hidden Figures - took this message to heart and risked almost all she had to make it onto the Hollywood big screen.
Growing up with a divorced single mother in the rough streets of southeast Washington D.C., Henson couldn’t wait to flee the scene. When she didn’t get into Duke Ellington School of the Arts, she thought her dreams were over and ended up studying electrical engineering instead. She hated it. After a while, she realised engineering just wasn’t for her and followed her dad’s advice to go back to acting.
At the age of 26, even after experiencing life on welfare and living through the devastating murder of the father of her child, Henson said “f**k it!” (probably) and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting with a baby on her hip and only $700 (about £540) in her pocket.
Henson couldn’t have foreseen the extent of her success at the time, including her recent Screen Actors Guild award for the magic created in Hidden Figures, her several NAACP and BET awards, Golden Globe award, and even People’s Choice and Emmy nominations! Talk about woman crush.
So, for pursuing her dream even in the midst of uncertainty and hardship, Taraji is our “F**k It!” Friday star this week. It’s crazy to think that she’s 47 and still just getting started.
THANKS FOR SAYING “F**K* IT!”, TARAJI! And have a fantastic Friday, friends!
- Glory Mgboji