Taraji P. Henson: Emmys Loss Was “Bittersweet,” But Viola Davis “Deserved It” More — WATCH VIDEO HERE!
Taraji P. Henson opens up about her Emmys loss and Viola Davis’ historic win on Tuesday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which taped just hours after the ceremony. Check out the video below!
As Gossip Cop reported, both Henson and Davis were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, the first time two black women were nominees in that category. Davis made history when she was announced as the winner, the first black actress to ever actually win, and Henson was the first to stand up and embrace her. Davis went on to make an incredibly poignant speech about the barriers black actresses face.
Henson now tells DeGeneres, “It was like bittersweet, you know what I mean? Because we all want to make history and be important to society. Then I thought about it and was like, ‘It’s 2015, we have a black president and no black woman has ever won in this category. This is weird!’ So when I went into it, and I knew I was being nominated alongside Viola, I just thought to myself, ‘God, just please give it to once of us so we’ll never have to say that again. Let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing.'”
“And I think the universe is happy. Viola deserved that award, and honestly, I would’ve felt weird if I would’ve gotten it over her,” continues Henson, explaining, “She’s been doing it longer. You just gotta give respect, and know when your time is.” She goes on to say “the universe needed to hear” Davis’ message, and quips, “Had I won, it wouldn’t have been that message.”
Davis attended the Emmy Awards with her grandmother, mother, and son, with the four generations posing together on the red carpet. “That to me was the win, the fact that I could do that for my family,” says the actress. When not talking Emmys, the “Empire” star plays a game with DeGeneres called “What Would Cookie Say?” Watch below!