Taraji P. Henson made her mark on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame this week, lastly receiving her very personal star.
The “Empire” star was honored on Monday with speeches by John Singleton and Mary J. Blige, who spoke of her admiration for the actress.
“You may have been a complete inspiration to me. … I by no means had a good friend that I may name whereas I’m on set and say, ‘How do I do that as an actress?’ and also you helped me once I wanted assist. In my thoughts, that’s uncommon as a result of folks don’t share and also you’re a sharer,” Blige stated of her good friend.
Henson thanked her followers, who “imply the world” to her, for his or her assist and spoke about how surreal the day was.
“I preserve taking a look at that star, going, ‘Is that this actual?’ You recognize I’ve imagined it and right here it’s,” she stated.
The 48-year-old actress talked in regards to the “lengthy stroll to fame” and the way she bought previous the Hollywood stigma that plagues girls over 40.
“I wish to be round eternally. I wish to break via glass ceilings once they inform girls over 40 that, ‘Ah, you’re achieved. We’re sending you out to pasture. We’re going to rent one thing younger and horny.’ Then once I search for and see these males doing these kick-ass roles at 60, I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, I nonetheless look good,’” she stated in her speech.
The “What Males Need” star additionally thanked her grandmother, who was within the viewers, and shared how a lot of an inspiration she was all through Henson’s performing profession. The actress later instructed ET On-line that her grandmother “taught the household the best way to love, and she or he retains us very shut.”
“All my cousins and I are actually, actually shut. However after all, she prayed. She did lots of praying and she or he continues to hope for me, and like I stated in my speech, her prayers undoubtedly introduced me right here. So, my grandmother’s my every little thing,” she stated.
Henson additionally shared a snapshot of her day on Instagram, noting how grateful she was for the honour: