Taraji P. Henson Proves Actresses Over 40 Are Action Heroes


-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.

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37 Responses

  1. Jesseica Marcellus says:

    I'm glad Taraji did proud Mary too and she proved her point. Her and Gabrielle Union are one of the only celebrities who look young for their age.

  2. Desharde Mcguffie says:

    Taraji look good and beautiful and fabulous at the age of 47 years old I love me some Taraji she is so funny and hilarious I also watch her movie that called Proud Mary even though I watched it twice I enjoyed every minute of it this interview was so cute and funny at the same time 😍😍😍

  3. Simon Kendra says:

    I mean the questions Jimmy has about the dog… does he live under a giant boulder and is all he says someone else's ideas and script that he cannot form a reasonable thought?

  4. Kelly VH says:

    Those dogs snore and snort yes but they also stank up the place by constantly farting 🀒😷

  5. A H says:

    I always love these two together.

  6. sealife22 says:

    She is that woman u just don't wanna mess with.

  7. Michelle Lopez says:

    I LOOOOOVE TARAJI! YOU GO GIRRRLLLLπŸ˜ŽπŸ’‹

  8. Princess Jauregui-Hansen says:

    she is so hot ???? Like WOW.

  9. George Hirst says:

    I really loved her in the action packed series "Person of interest". Traji never talks about that series she did for 5 season.

  10. Mo n says:

    cook odd between Taraji and Jimmy

  11. Selma Hajlakovic says:

    I LOVE TARAJI P.HANSEN🀘🀘❀️She is so amazing, fun, and real person with good heart

  12. gabby don says:

    Love taraji

  13. Chau tang says:

    I feel like I’m one of the few who genuinely am in love with this movie… I love it so much but wish it was promoted even more

  14. JayBolton says:

    The movie was short but amazing

  15. Luis Avina says:

    Oh my goodness…..this woman is HOT 😍😍😍😍😍

  16. Rochelle McRyans says:

    Proud Mary is similar to the movie Colombiana with Zoe Saldana.

  17. Kaleah Jazmire says:

    Who else loves her laugh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

  18. Lisa says:

    I noticed that most of the times that she is on the show, she's wearing some beautiful and all black. She is always fierce πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž

  19. Regina Bond says:

    I would love to eat some of her cooking

  20. nerdy bird says:

    she’s so freakin’ hot and i love her so much πŸ’“

  21. JoΓ£o Maluf says:

    Shes so nice omg

  22. Nellie K. Adaba says:

    A lot of different types of chili. Cute doggy.

  23. Gene Lapsley 3 says:

    I am 57 year old man I still feel like young man

  24. Kevin Tackett says:

    plz. sing I BEG YOU THE WORLD BEGS YOU i heard you in i can do bad all by myself and you where mind blowing hot.

  25. Kevin Tackett says:

    head to toe.

  26. Luis Avina says:

    For fuck's sakes…..what a woman 😍😍😍😍😍😍

  27. jlc7300 says:

    That was a John Wick type scene that they showed there! She's good!

  28. Sophie Baby says:

    I think JImmy is in love with Taraji! Every interview he is constantly complimenting her and looking at her all dreamy eyed. Like I really think he respects her and has a thing for her. I love to see their back and forth on all their interviews it soo cute and refreshing

  29. aleena young says:

    That baby is so cute

  30. Kennedy Moore says:

    Proud Mary could have been so much better than it was. The directing, script, and production quality just wasn't there for me.

  31. Jameel Buntley says:

    β€œWait a minute y’all pray…because I left em home together” fucking lost itπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  32. DaRebel says:

    Isn't she lovely? the godess Taraji is so real and super fine, yep!!! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯❀❀❀

  33. Evelyn Castillo says:

    Cookie I love youuu

  34. mich boss says:

    She should be the next Cat woman..she has ertha kitty all over her..hire her! I think she would be best

  35. Nothando Sithole says:

    She has a good spirite πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  36. Rachel Carolyn says:

    Jimmy's face when Taraji says she's gonna pray. Took a minute for him to realize its a jokeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  37. NASSIWA HAAWA says:

    I love her

  38. Patrice Knights says:

    I want to meet taraji .p henson sooooooo bad

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