Taraji P. Henson is opening up about a side of her that she rarely talks about. The iconic actress recently shared her thoughts on the current chaotic political landscape of the United States of America and how it is negatively impacting her.
As you might know, the nation has been plagued with a lot of crises from school shootings, police brutality, formula shortage, and hiked gas prices amongst others.
Henson is sounding off on how she’s dealing with it all, admitting that she is “tired.”
Taraji P. Henson Is Considering Living Abroad
The “Empire” actress recently sat down with People Magazine ahead of her hosting gig on Sunday at the 2022 BET Awards and revealed she might soon say goodbye to America.
Getting candid Henson said, “I’m really considering getting up out of here, leaving and living in another country. That’s something that comes with 50, you get tired of fighting. I’m tired.”
The Howard University alum explained that she was fed up with the “pressures of being Black” while fighting for justice and fairness in the country.
Speaking particularly on police brutality against African-Americans, she said, “I just don’t want to have to do another hashtag … I fought, I chanted, I marched. I’m tired.”
Henson is not decided on what country she wants to relocate to, but she believes living in a foreign land will make life significantly easier for her.
“I want to go where there’s neutral ground,” she revealed. “I want to just be. And be happy. I want to be called ‘Bella’ every day, drink wine, and swat flies on the porch. Stress-free.”
The “Acrimony” star believes that the stage she is in life is somewhat responsible for her desire to do away with struggle and stress. In her words:
“There’s something that happens when you turn 50, where all of your f—s are behind you. I’ve accomplished a lot and I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m at the point now where if I say, ‘I quit, I’m going to go travel the world,’ I can. It’s so freeing.”
The ‘Hidden Figures’ Star Still Has Some Career Goals To Be Met
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Although Henson is mostly focused on slowing down and living easy, she still has some milestones to achieve in her acting career.
Aside from hosting the BET Awards, Henson recently completed a project doing the voiceover of Belle Bottom in the upcoming animation, “The Rise of Gru.”
As described by Shadow And Act, Belle Bottom is described as a “cool and confident leader, whose chain belt doubles as a lethal disco-ball mac.”
Speaking on playing the role of the villainous character, Henson said, “I’m happy to be Belle Bottom. She is jazzy and has a big afro.” However, her major dream is to play a real-life villain.
She particularly has an eye out for a villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finger crossed!
While all of these — the relocating abroad and playing a villain — remain the background, Henson has one thing she is focusing on right now.
The Washington native shared that once the BET Awards ceremony is completed, she will be going on a highly-deserved girls’ trip with her good friend, Mary J. Blige.
“Me and Mary [J. Blige] have been trying to do this trip for so long but our schedules just keep getting crazy. I just told her ‘Look, enough is enough, I need a vacation!”
The 2022 BET Awards Is Days Away
As you might know, Henson is reprising her role as the host extraordinaire for the prestigious award ceremony that celebrates Black excellence in film, music, TV, and sports.
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As The Blast reported, Henson was announced as the host for the second time in May, and she was absolutely thrilled about it.
In a statement confirming the news, she gushed about the hosting gig, saying, “I am honored to return as the host of the BET Awards and share the stage with so many powerful and prolific artists; you can even say it is the ’empire’ of Black Excellence.”
The actress has since been teasing fans about what they can expect in social media updates. Earlier this week in an Instagram post, teased the several fire outfits she would wear for the big night.
“YOU KNOW we always bringing the FASHION HUNNY,” she captioned the post.