Taraji P. Henson Complains About Fame: Fans “Hit Me,” “I Have No Personal Life”
Taraji P. Henson complained about the downsides of fame during a live interview on Thursday’s “Today Show.” Watch below.
Henson was on the morning program to promote Hidden Figures, in which she plays a real-life NASA scientist who had a critical role in orchestrating the Apollo 11 trip to the moon. But early on in the chat, Tamron Hall brought up “Empire,” and the actress’ breakout role as Cookie. “How has she changed your life?” Hall asked.
Henson candidly replied, “I can’t go shop at Target anymore. If I do, I have to dress like a Unabomber.” Hall was taken aback by the comment, and asked the star to “explain.” That led the Golden Globe winner to say, “Well, Cookie has become a phenomenon.”
“People actually think I am her,” Henson continued. “So they hit me when they see me — ‘Hey, Cookie!’ — they slap me, they grab me at weird hours of the morning when I’m traveling, and it’s just like, ‘Woah! It’s kinda early for that.'”
Hall noted that Henson has been “famous for a very long time,” prompting her to respond, “I know, but it’s characters like this that brings in fame. I’ve never experienced fame on this level before. I was kinda under the radar. But Cookie takes it to a whole ‘nother level.”
Henson added, “Like, I really have no personal life, basically. I like to people-watch. It’s become very difficult to do.” Hall pointed out that she at least has a Golden Globe to “keep you company at home.” Check out the full video below.