-How was your holidays?
Everything good? -Everything was good.
-Yeah. -I did not have the assistance
of my mom or my little sister, so it took me three days
to cook. -Three days?
-Three days. -Really?
What’d you make? -Everything.
I made turkey. I made my grandmother’s
special barbecue chicken. I made — -Did you smoke a bologna? [ Laughter ] ‘Cause I did.
-I’m not that good. You smoked a bologna?
-Oh, yeah. -Wow.
-It was good. Well, your jam is chili, right?
That’s your thing? -I love chili.
I make five chilies. I make a veggie chili.
I make turkey chili. I make a beef chili. I make a chicken
white bean chili, and I make a salmon chili. -You made a salmon chili? -You take the salmon and you
put it in the frying pan and you chop it up like
ground beef or ground turkey. -Really?
-And you do your chili. -Really?
-Yeah. That’s for the pescatarians. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] But you got a new addition
to the family. -Yes.
-I want to show a picture. -‘Cause, man, oh, man,
you got a beautiful new dog. Look at this.
-Look at him! -Look at that. Are you kidding me? That is the cutest dog
I’ve ever seen. -He is so cute!
I miss him. -Oh, no.
What’s his name? -K-Ball.
-Oh, K-Ball. -Yeah, because he’s built
like a little football player. -He’s unbelievably cute.
What kind of dog is this? -He is a miniature
French bulldog. -Oh, my gosh. -And he snores. -That’s even cooler.
-He snores and he snorts. [ Laughs ] -And here’s him with his —
with his new daddy. -With his daddy in the hoodie.
-In the hoodie. He fits in a hoodie.
-Okay, wait a minute, y’all. Pray, because I left them home
together. [ Light laughter ] I’m very concerned. -Really? Yeah. You don’t know
what’s going to happen? -Well, first of all,
K-Ball is such a good dog. He pooped on the floor and he
went right into his playpen. He knew he was wrong. -He knew he was wrong?
-He knew he was wrong. [ Laughter ] He’s probably hijacking
all the toilet paper rolls, and the house is gonna be a mess
when I get back, but it’s okay. -Is he gonna be —
Is he going to stay that size? -No, he gets a little bigger.
His feet. See how big his feet are?
-Yeah. -He grows into his feet. It might be double that size. But right now, he’s like
5 pounds, ball of fat joy. -Oh. Ball of fat joy. Let me tell you
about this movie. You are a badass.
-Yes, thank you. -You are unbelievable.
This — I’ve never seen you
do an action movie. -Me either.
I surprised myself. [ Laughter ] -How did you get into —
“Proud Mary” is the movie. -Look, it came to me,
and I didn’t turn it down. Clint called, and he was like,
“I got this film for you.” And I was like, “Really?”
And — Clint Culpepper. He runs Screen Gems
over at Sony. And he sent me this script,
and I read it, and I was like,
“Clint, you know how old I am?” [ Laughter ] -No.
-“You trust me with this?” And he was like, “You’re
the only one that can do it.” And, I mean, come on.
I’m an actress. This is a role that I dreamt of. I kept throwing little
subliminal hints on Instagram, You know, sending it
to the DC — Marvel Comics and all of them. And nothing ever panned out. -Yeah.
So now you’re doing this. -I created my own. I executive produced this,
as well. -Aha, see? That’s what I’m talking about. That’s — That’s what
I’m talking about, pal. See?
It’s great. I mean, you’re diving
out of cars. You’re flipping —
-Let me tell you. The reason why I was — I had to
do this film was because, you know, usually, women,
after we get 40, they send us out to pasture. Well, honey.
[ Clears throat ] [ Cheers and applause ] I’m just saying. I’m just saying, honey. She’s not ready
to go out to the pasture. -She’s not ready to go out
to the pasture, no. -But my point is, is that
we see men of all ages over 40. We can rattle names off, and they always get
these heroic roles. Why don’t you see women? Like, all of my friends
in the industry look amazing. And they’re quite athletic. Why aren’t we all in films
like this every year? -I like that. Good.
Yeah. See more of it. -Yeah.
[ Cheers and applause ] -But it’s also a nice story,
as well. -It is. You want me
to tell you about it? -Yeah.
-[ Laughs ] Okay, well,
when the audience meets Mary, she is a natural-born killer. Like, that’s what she does. -Yeah.
-She was orphaned. The streets raised her, and she’s just really good
at killing people. Um…[ Laughs ] -Everyone’s got to be good
at something, you know? Yeah, yeah. -But, you know,
one of the kills goes bad, and she leaves a kid an orphan. And she can’t get over that. So she spends a year following
this kid, making sure he’s okay. Another mob family adopts him and, of course,
turns him into a street kid. So she sees an opportunity
to change not only her life, but this child’s life. So then it becomes about
all Boston against Proud Mary and this kid. And Proud Mary wins. Just see the movie. [ Laughter ] -I want to show a clip. -Here’s Taraji P. Henson
in “Proud Mary.” Take a look at this. [ Cellphone vibrates ] -[ Sighs ] Damn! [ Tires screeching ] -♪♪ Left a good job in the city ♪♪ ♪♪ Workin’ for the man
every night and day ♪♪ [ Tires screech ] ♪♪ And I never lost
a minute of sleepin’ ♪♪ ♪♪ Worryin’ ’bout the way
things might have been ♪♪ ♪♪ Big wheel, keep on turnin’ ♪♪
-♪♪ Turnin’ ♪♪ -♪♪ Proud Mary, keep on burnin’ ♪♪
-♪♪ Burnin’ ♪♪ -♪♪ Rollin’ ♪♪ ♪♪ Rollin’ ♪♪ ♪♪ Rollin’ on the river ♪♪ ♪♪ Said we’re rollin’ ♪♪ ♪♪ Rollin’ ♪♪ ♪♪ Rollin’ on the river ♪♪ ♪♪ The river, do, do, do, do,
do, do, do, do, do, do ♪♪ ♪♪ All right ♪♪ ♪♪♪♪ -Yeah! That’s how you do it!
[ Cheers and applause ] That is how you do it.
Taraji P. Henson.