ICYMI: Taraji P. Henson Discusses How Hollywood Treats Black Actresses in New Memoir

By Sameer Rao Oct 13, 2016

As actress Taraji P. Henson ("Empire") reveals in her new memoir, more than a decade of acclaimed work hasn’t stopped her from losing parts to White actresses.

"Time and again, I’ve lost roles because someone with the ability to greenlight a film couldn’t see [B]lack women beyond a very limited purview he or she thought ‘fit’ audience expectations," writes the Golden Globe winner in "Around the Way Girl: A Memoir" which dropped on Tuesday (October 11).

In a chapter titled "On Being a Black Woman in Hollywood," Henson then describes losing a role in the film "St. Vincent" that was written specifically for her to Naomi Watts. "It was a meaty gig," she writes. "I would have loved it. Alas, I couldn’t get served at that particular restaurant."

She also reveals that she was paid "the equivalent of sofa change" for her Oscar-nominated role in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," as well as having to pay for three months of hotel costs herself. 

(H/t Shadow and Act)