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Taraji P. Henson Says A Role Written For Her Was Given To Naomi Watts

Taraji P. Henson Says A Role Written For Her Was Given To Naomi Watts

Taraji P. Henson is all smiles while attending a book signing for her memoir Around the Way Girl on Friday (October 15) at Barnes & Noble in New York City.

In the book, the 46-year-old Empire actress opens up about her struggles in Hollywood, including the time a role written for her was recast.

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Taraji says a part in the 2014 film St. Vincent was written specifically for her but ended up going to Naomi Watts.

While she praised writer-director, Theodore Melfi, for being able to see her “outside the box — a black woman playing the gritty girlfriend of a grumpy white man,” she adds that it was an example of how the studio “couldn’t see black women beyond a very limited purview.”

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  • Ally

    She has a valid point but to name drop people like that is completely tasteless

  • SquidBillie

    Just shut up….and everything always has to be about race. Naomi Watts is actually a better actress than she is, but she’ll never admit it. Obnoxious loudmouth.

  • namers

    For someone as successful as she, she sure does b!tch a lot. Anyone could play a nasty ex con with anger issues.

  • namers

    For someone as successful as she, she sure does b!tch a lot. Anyone could play a nasty ex con with anger issues.

  • namers

    For someone as successful as she, she sure does b!tch a lot. Anyone could play a nasty ex con with anger issues.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    I am sorry but she comes off as bitter and tasteless by name dropping Naomi Watts.
    She is implying that its somehow Watt’s fault for taking the role away from her.

  • Sara

    America ,especially white women, loves to keep black women without a voice. How dare the posters up top critize a woman for using her voice. Hypocrites.

  • Amber

    You don’t have to like her approach, but Taraji has a point!

  • pretap

    SquidBillie, thanks for truly understanding where she was coming from, being that she “lives” this EVERY day of her life, “your compassion” shines right on through here. Amazing but NO surprise from the ignorant peanut gallery as usual.

  • pretap

    SquidBillie, thanks for truly understanding where she was coming from, being that she “lives” this EVERY day of her life, “your compassion” shines right on through here. Amazing but NO surprise from the ignorant peanut gallery as usual.

  • pretap

    namers I guess that you and SquidBillie ARE cousins huh? Guess stupidity and learned ignorance really are bliss.

  • pretap

    Ariana-Kaelita, might I ask if you’re an actress or have EVER done ANY acting, because according to some well-known actors and actresses (Caucasians included here), Hollywood really IS racist. You wood work folks are amazing.

  • pretap

    Ally, ‘you’ might consider it to be tasteless but Caucasian actors and actresses do it as well, and some have NO issues with telling who they lost those parts to either. Black, white or in between, I have NO problems with it because I’m not in their shoes, but believe it DOES exist and very sadly in this nation, more so with persons of color (sorry you and others won’t except it).

  • Sara

    Feminists wants all women to use their voices except for black women. They just want us to be happy that we have a crappy job with crappy pay. Don’t talk about unfair treatment or the injustices-leave that to white women.

  • Ally

    I understand what you’re saying and in no way I meant she shouldn’t speak on the matter. Hollywood is racist just like the rest of the world. I only said that the name dropping was unnecessary because it’s not Naomi’s fault, she probably didn’t even know. Taraji should be going for the studio heads who make those kind of racist decisions.

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  • Ariana-Kaelita

    Are you an actress? If so, then you should know its called show business for a reason. Yes its racist but I don’t think in TPH case it was due to racism.
    Actors/actresses are known to get replaced very easily. Even if there is nothing wrong with them.
    Taraji P. Henson comes off as very unprofessional by disclosing the role she had went to Naomi Watts.
    It almost seems like she is trying to put blame on her.
    And you calling me a wood work folk is actually racist. You don’t know me or what I do. How dare you imply such a thing?

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