In a recent interview with Page Six, actress Taraji Penda Henson, best known for her roles in “Baby Boy” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” talked frankly about her role as a widowed mother. C.-born mother of Marcel Henson, married her high school sweetheart/her son’s father William Johnson.
She adds that after Johnson was murdered, she went through the darkest time of her life and even ended up on welfare to support herself and her child.According to the African-American actress, when she was nominated for Best Supporting actress in “Benjamin Button,” she figured she deserved a treat, so she blew her money on a new pair of Louboutin shoes.She added that her career is doing well, but she and Marcel still struggle and a big Los Angeles house seems like a mansion to them. They fall for the lady on-screen.” Henson concluded that if she wants to find a man who is not excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power or prestige, as she herself is, then she’ll probably have to find a man from another country, possibly off the Northern Continent.Bernice Gordon, her ever supporting mother, helped her after the death of her husband, said Henson. She added that she was her companion during the evening of the Oscar nominations, but she has now remarried and lives in Florida.
As for finding a new man in her life, the actress who plays Lauren, a successful single CEO in a new movie titled “Think Like a Man Too,” believes that her celebrity status is affecting her chances in the dating pool. She added, “Hard to maneuver when you’re in show business. Henson takes center stage in a just-released preview for Hidden Figures, a film based on the true story of three black female math geniuses who were the secret key to a landmark moment in American history. Johnson, who formed a powerful trio of 'human computers' with colleagues Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monae) that helped propel the space program's first-ever orbit around earth by astronaut John Glenn and his crew on February 20, 1962.The film tells the story of the trio overcoming major societal obstacles - linked to racism, sexism and workplace politics - in becoming a difference-maker in NASA history during a time the Unites States and Russia were racing to set the historic precedent.In one sequence, Katherine is seen on a stroll with her love interest, Col.Jim Johnson (played by Mahershala Ali), who asks her skeptically, 'You're a computer at NASA, they let women handle that sort of thing?