The Think Like A Man Too actress sizzles in a pictorial shot
by Itaysha Jordan the latest issue of Vogue Italia. Along with showing
off her natural beauty and curves, Taraji opens up about the most
challenging part of her career, how Howard University changed her life and what it was like working with Idris Elba.
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Check out the highlights and gorgeous pics, below.
What is the most challenging aspect of being an actress?
The most challenging aspect of being an actress is being a single mother while navigating my career. I am a mother first.
What is the most rewarding part of being an actress?
The most rewarding part of being an actress is having my performance touch or inspire my audience.
What has been your most challenging role to date and why?
The most challenging role was that of Queenie in The Curious case of
Benjamin Button because of the challenges of the aging process. My Mom
Bernice and my Grandmother Patsy were my inspirations.
Who were the most instrumental people in your career?
The most instrumental people in my career are my business team that
supports me. That starts with my long-term manager Vincent Cirrincione.
You need to know the people in your life are looking out for you and
have your very best interests at heart.
What did you study at Howard University?
I am a proud graduate of Howard University where I majored in Theatre Arts.
Where did you study acting?
I was fortunate to have incredible teachers and mentors at Howard and
I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. That training prepared
me well for the journey ahead.
How was it working with Idris Elba?
Working with Idris Elba is so terrible because he’s so hard to look
at !!! Idris is a wonderful human being. We have great chemistry and
have become the closest of pals. He flew from London to see my play in
Los Angeles. We truly support each other and I’m so excited about our
movie coming out in September No Good Deed.
What changes have you seen for actresses of color in the industry over the past 5-10 years?
In the last 10 years I have seen more opportunities for actresses of color but there is still a long way to go.
What changes would you like to see?
I would like to see films that mimic my everyday life and those of my
friends. I would like casting to reflect all of the nationalities and
all of the colors that make up our lives.
What does your beauty regime look like?
It’s important to keep my hair healthy and strong so I wrap it every
night. I give my face a rest from make-up when I can. I make sure I wash
my face every night before bed and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Who are your style icons?
My style icons are Diana Ross, Cher and Cate Blanchett.