As actress Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) reveals in her new memoir, more than a decade of acclaimed work hasn’t stopped her from losing parts to White actresses.
“Time and again, I’ve lost roles because someone with the ability to greenlight a film couldn’t see [B]lack women beyond a very limited purview he or she thought ‘fit’ audience expectations,” writes the Golden Globe winner in “Around the Way Girl: A Memoir” which dropped on Tuesday (October 11).
In a chapter titled ”On Being a Black Woman in Hollywood,” Henson then describes losing a role in the film “St. Vincent” that was written specifically for her to Naomi Watts. “It was a meaty gig,” she writes. “I would have loved it. Alas, I couldn’t get served at that particular restaurant.”
She also reveals that she was paid “the equivalent of sofa change” for her Oscar-nominated role in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” as well as having to pay for three months of hotel costs herself.
(H/t Shadow and Act)