It was in 1997 that actress Taraji P. Henson got her start in the show business. She made her debut in 3 episodes of the show Smart Guy. She next made her first movie appearance in Streetwise. Her first notable role was as Yvette in the film Baby Boy. Her next notable role was as Queenie in the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. During this period, she also became known for her role as Inspector Washington in The Division and Whitney Rome in Boston Legal.
In the 2010s, she played Detective Jocelyn “Joss” Carter in the CBS series Person of Interest. She next joined the main cast of the Fox series Empire as Cookie Lyon. She was acclaimed for her role, receiving Emmy nominations and winning a Golden Globe. In addition, she also gained fame for her starring roles in the films Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man Too and No Good Deed, as well as for her portrayal of Katherine Johnson in the movie Hidden Figures.
In order to stay in shape and remain fit, the acclaimed actress not only follows a nutritious diet plan, she also spends time and effort to workout as regularly as possible. In an interview, she got candid about her workout routine. She said:
“I really really got into boxing earlier this year. I love it because it’s a full-body workout—you’re working every muscle, you’re working muscles you didn’t even know existed. And you have no weights. It’s all body. It makes me feel confident. I feel like I can go out into this world and really kick ass—literally.”
She also works out not just to stay slender but to be healthy in general. Although there’s a pressure in Hollywood in terms of maintaining a certain physique, the actress doesn’t allow it to shape her confidence. She said: “Own your look. Own your shape. Don’t compare yourself. Take charge and take your crown back. You tell society what’s sexy.”