Taraji P. Henson Opens Up About Racism In Hollywood & Reveals Losing A Role Written For Her To Naomi Watts!
Taraji P. Henson's new memoir Around The Way Girl really goes into detail!
Not only does the actress open up about raising her son as a single mom, being in an abusive relationship, but she also sheds light on racism in Hollywood.
A new excerpt revealed by USA Today described one specific instance when a role of hers was given to Naomi Watts instead. Taraji recalled how St. Vincent director and screenwriter, Theodore Melfi, had written the role of the pregnant Russian stripper for her:
"Time and again, I've lost roles because someone with the ability to green-light a film couldn't see black women beyond a very limited purview he or she thought 'fit' audience expectations."
And while she doesn't point any fingers, the Empire starlet added: