Empire star Taraji P. Henson is featured in the February 2017 issue of Guideposts Magazine.
Guideposts‘ February 2017 cover star shares how she overcame fear and failure to live her God-given purpose.
On growing up in Washington D.C.: “I grew up in southeast Washington, D.C., in a rough neighborhood. It was me and my mom against the world, and what a tough world it was. She worked long days at a department store. A trip to McDonald’s was a luxury!”
On never giving up: “Here’s one calculation I know: The odds were stacked against me from birth, but they don’t count for much in the face of faith and hard work and fearlessness. Fear is a liar. Call its bluff.”
On Hidden Figures: “Faith always pays off. I’ve been a working actor, which is an incredible blessing. Daddy was right. I had to fail at math in order to get to a place where I was asked to play Katherine Johnson in the movie Hidden Figures. She was a mathematician, a “human computer,” hired by NASA in the days when black women at the agency worked in a separate space from their white counterparts and had to use segregated bathrooms and dining facilities. That didn’t prevent Mrs. Johnson from being called on, again and again, to make the calculations necessary for the earliest days of space travel. NASA trusted and relied on her. When John Glenn was circling the earth or when the Apollo astronauts were getting ready to go to the moon, she helped make it possible. Fearless.”
Empire returns with new episodes March 22nd on Fox.
Photo Credit: Anne Ryan for Guideposts