Taraji P. Henson Talks Supporting Her Fellow Female Stars: ‘How Can We Get Ahead If We’re Feuding’

An “uncensored and unstoppable” Taraji P. Henson takes the cover of Marie Claire’s October issue looking as fierce as she’s ever looked.

Inside, the television star sheds light on her major moves on the big screen, talking about the big year ahead, which includes a total of four films all slated for release in 2018.

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With only days until her character Cookie Lyon — for which she earned a Golden Globe — returns to the small screen, Henson also shares some thoughts on women in film, and dating while juggling work on the critically acclaimed show.

While talking about women in Hollywood, the star reveals a promise she made to herself years before hitting it big: “How can we get ahead if we’re feuding and hating on each other all the time?” she asks. “I made a pact years ago that I would never hate on another female, ever, especially in this industry.”

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As for her legacy, aside from being remembered for her fearless attitude, Henson hopes that aspiring young actresses look up to her like she did with the veterans of today. “I love black people. I love telling stories,” she adds. “I want these little girls to study me like I studied Meryl and Bette Davis and Carol Burnett. I want them to study my work, because I put a lot of work in, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.”

Finally, as the busy year builds up steam, Henson talks about the challenge of maintaining a relationship. “I would love to [be in a relationship],” she admits. “But he has to see how I move and deal with it, because I don’t have time to explain… I’ve got work to do.”

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