TARAJI P. HENSON (Katherine G. Johnson) received the 2016
Golden Globe for Best Actress in Drama Series for her star turn as Cookie Lyon
in the groundbreaking and award winning hit series Empire. She won a Critic's
Choice Award for Best Actress in Drama Series for this portrayal. Henson earned
an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in
David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She won the 2015 and 2016
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress and she has also been awarded
Entertainer of the Year by the NAACP. Taraji is excited to release her story
Around The Way Girl published by Simon and Schuster in October 2016.
Prior to Hidden Figures, Henson starred opposite Idris Elba in the Sony thriller
No Good Deed which opened number one at the box office. Henson starred in the
Sony comedy hits Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too. She starred in From
the Rough, national release April 2014; the true story of Catana Starks of
Tennessee State University who was the first woman coach to win a NCAA
In Larry Crowne she co-starred with star and director Tom Hanks. She starred in
the hugely successful Karate Kid opposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and in
Date Night with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. For her role in Tyler Perry's I Can
Do Bad All By Myself, she received the 2009 Diversity Award for Best Actress.
She also starred in Peep World playing Rainn Wilson's love interest; The Good
Doctor with Orlando Bloom and Once Fallen with Ed Harris.
Henson is an Emmy nominee for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for
Lifetime's Taken From Me. She received rave reviews for her role in Focus
Features' Talk to Me opposite Don Cheadle and co-starred in the ensemble action
drama Smokin' Aces with Ben Affleck and Alicia Keys. Henson was named
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Feature Film by the Black Movie Awards and
received the BET Best Actress nod for her performance as Shug in the gutsy drama
Hustle & Flow, also starring Terrence Howard. She starred in Sony's Not Easily
Broken opposite Morris Chestnut, opposite Forest Whitaker in Hurricane Season,
and Kathy Bates in Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys.
Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow and performed the Academy
Award-winning song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," on the Oscar telecast.
She reunited for the third time with John Singleton to film Four Brothers with
Mark Wahlberg. Henson co-starred with Simon Baker in Something New and is well
remembered for her role as Yvette opposite Tyrese in Baby Boy.
On television, she tarred as Detective Joss Carter in the J.J. Abrams crime
drama Person of Interest for CBS and she was a series regular on David E.
Kelly's Boston Legal and recurred on ABC's Eli Stone. Henson starred in the
Pasadena Playhouse production of Bernard Weinraub's new play Above the Fold, and
in NY Public Radio's production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone directed by
Phylicia Rashad, as part of August Wilson's American Century Cycle.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University graduate resides in
Los Angeles. Henson has a strong dedication to helping disabled and less
fortunate children and reveals, "I always stress to kids to have faith in
themselves-the greatest recipe for success is self confidence."
A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents,
Octavia Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver
screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWork's feature
film The Help won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award,
SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critic's Choice Award among numerous other honors.
Spencer was most recently seen reprieving her role as Johanna in Allegiant, the
third installment of Lionsgate's highly successful, The Divergent Series
franchise. She also voiced the character of Mrs. Otterton in the Disney animated
film Zootopia, one of fastest worldwide grossing films of the year.
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