She’s known for her candid honesty.

And Taraji P. Henson did not hold back during an interview with Marie Claire for their November issue.


The 46-year-old, who released her book Around The Way Girl: A Memoir on Tuesday, told the magazine that she doesn’t ‘really know what “made it” feels like’ when speaking about her career.

Honesty: Taraji P. Henson spoke to Marie Claire about fame, her career and relationships during revealing interview published in their November issue

The Empire star, who completed Marie Claire’s 29-question quiz, added: ‘I’m constantly improving and looking for other great opportunities.’

On her favorite perks of the job, the beauty said that its ‘knowing that your performance could change someone’s life,’ while the worst pitfall was ‘fame.’

Taraji revealed that the most agonizing career decision she made was ‘going back to television and taking the part of Cookie. I was so afraid people would hate her.’

The TV actress divulged that she made her first dollar ‘doing fabulous manicures for my friends.’

The 46-year-old, who released her book Around The Way Girl: A Memoir, told the magazine that she doesn't 'really know what "made it" feels like;' seen on Good Day NY on Monday

She talked about the changes she wants to see in the acting world, including seeing more females in charge at studios where they can ‘make real decisions.’

On relationships, she said that she used to want a partner who was ‘tall, dark, and handsome,’ but now looks for a man with ‘a sense of humor, kindness to everyone, and honesty.’

To women who are getting over a broken heart, she advised ‘please love yourself.’

Truthful: She talked about the changes she wants to see in the acting world, including seeing more females in charge at studios where they can 'make real decisions'

Taraji, who plays Cookie on the hit show Empire, said she would tell her younger self to remember that ‘you can’t change him,’ when talking about relationships.

On a lighter note, she reveals she’s bad at ‘calculus’ and she recently ‘had champagne and caviar for breakfast.’

The star is mom to 22-year-old son Marcel Johnson, who, she said, last made her feel beautiful – after he said ‘he loved me.’

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