S1E18 – Rejecting Taraji P. Henson

Show Notes

Taraji P. Henson is an Academy Award-nominated actress, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Hidden Figures as well as her iconic role as Cookie Lyon in the hit television show Empire. But before taking Hollywood by storm, Henson was rejected from acting school and rejected for parts, making $10 an hour as a receptionist between acting auditions. Join us this week as we tell Henson’s incredible story. From being labeled as “too urban” to earning the most Best Actress awards in BET history.

Major sources for this episode include:

1. Around The Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson
2. Washington Post: The Real Taraji Henson
3. Vanity Fair: Meet The Nominees: Taraji P. Henson
4. Vogue: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Taraji P. Henson

5. Skimm’d From The Couch Podcast: Taraji P. Henson “I thought that meant I couldn’t act.”

From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Co-Host: Terry O’Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O’Reilly
Research: Allison Pinches
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O’Reilly
Engineer: Keith Ohman
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Company and powered by Acast.

Show Notes

Taraji P. Henson is an Academy Award-nominated actress, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Hidden Figures as well as her iconic role as Cookie Lyon in the hit television show Empire. But before taking Hollywood by storm, Henson was rejected from acting school and rejected for parts, making $10 an hour as a receptionist between acting auditions. Join us this week as we tell Henson’s incredible story. From being labeled as “too urban” to earning the most Best Actress awards in BET history.

Major sources for this episode include:

1. Around The Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson
2. Washington Post: The Real Taraji Henson
3. Vanity Fair: Meet The Nominees: Taraji P. Henson
4. Vogue: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Taraji P. Henson

5. Skimm’d From The Couch Podcast: Taraji P. Henson “I thought that meant I couldn’t act.”

From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Co-Host: Terry O’Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O’Reilly
Research: Allison Pinches
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O’Reilly
Engineer: Keith Ohman
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Company and powered by Acast.

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