One of Hollywood’s finest actress Taraji P. Henson is basking in showers of appraisal for her recent role as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician, in NASA movie ‘Hidden Figures.’
“Take that, maths! I won: I became an actress” – Taraji P. Henson declares!
Talking to W Magazine recently, Taraji P. Henson explains why she’s having the last laugh after failing Maths in College, even with two tutors.
“I’m a pretty good actress,” she says. You could say that, right? Well, to play Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who figured out a way to get NASA astronauts into space, I had to be believable as a math expert—and I failed math in college.
“Precalculus looked like Chinese to me. Even with two tutors, I still failed. So God has an incredible sense of humor, because now I am playing a mathematician! Even on set, they would have a professor there to try to teach me.
“I said, ‘Show me what I have to write and I’ll memorize it because I’m not gonna get it.’ Take that, math! I won: I became an actress.”
The Hidden Figures focuses on three brilliant African-American women at NASA. These women, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
While the 46-year-old graced the cover of one of the issues of Entertainment Weekly magazine in 2016, she talked about “Empire,” “Cookie,” and the personalities she would love to portray in other movies.
According to the no-nonsense lady with a hot body to kill for, who also is arguably the most interesting character in the TV series Empire, she wants to be a man in a movie.
“I haven’t played a superhero yet, I haven’t played a psycho character yet. I want to play a man, like I want to really disappear. I have so much to do.”
Taraji is close to achieving that dream as her role in ‘Hidden Figures’ portrays her doing what only men have done in the past.