Taraji P. Henson is an all-around rock star.
The 46-year-old actress and author is best known for her role as Cookie Lyon on FOX’s smash hit Empire and as the central character in 2017’s Academy Award nominated Hidden Figures. But Henson has been crushing the acting game for far longer than that.
The talented performer’s breakthrough role came in 2001’s Baby Boy. She earned universal praise from critics in her turn as a soulful prostitute in 2005’s Hustle & Flow (alongside her Empire co-star Terrence Howard). But her most prestigious acclaim came from David Fincher’s 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which Henson was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. There’s soemthing about the gorgeous, expressive and big brown eyes of her that just pierces your soul, you know?
On top of her acting accolades, Henson also wrote the 2016 book Around the Way Girl: A Memoir, which currently holds a 5/5 rating from Barnes & Noble and a 4.1/5 from Goodreads.
Not bad, Ms. Henson. Not bad at all. For those of you uber fans out there, we’ve put together a gallery of some of her absolute best pictures. Take a look above.