Known primarily for her dramatic roles, especially her Oscar-nominated role as ‘Shug’ in Hustle And Flow, actress Taraji P. Henson rarely gets to show the world her goofy side, even though that’s really her true character.
Taraji called into The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show today to not only give listeners a taste of her comedic side, but also talk about her extreme desire to start doing more comedy roles.
Not many fans have gotten to see the light-hearted side of Taraji simply because studios are only giving her dramatic roles.
“It’s driving me crazy, because I’m better in comedy I think than I am in drama,” Taraji says.
She adds that while appearing on the Jimmy Fallon Show, the late night host was having a hard time picturing Taraji in such a serious detective role on Person Of Interest because he knows that silly side of her.
“I was like ‘oh my God, Jimmy, I want to be funny!’” she laughs. “He goes, ‘I’m going to write a comedy sketch for you’ and I said ‘please do, Jimmy, because I am dying inside.’”
Currently starring alongside actor Jim Caviezel, who is most famously known for playing “Jesus” in Passion of the Christ, in the CBS crime drama Person of Interest, Taraji reveals that he too is very funny and the two are always goofing around on set.
“He is quite funny, and that’s what people don’t really get to see that side of him,” Taraji says of her cast mate. “He is really goofy like I am.”
She adds that during the big car chase scenes in the show she and Caveizel “were singing old New Edition songs” and “every time they would yell ‘action’ we would go into the car chase and then they would yell ‘cut’ and we would still be driving in the car singing New Edition.”
Taraji tells us much more about her beginnings in acting, choosing a life on-screen over studying electrical engineering, as well as working two full-time jobs and going to school full-time.
She is an inspiring role model for anyone looking to make it in showbiz, proving that “yes, you can do anything you put your mind to”.
Person of Interest airs Thursday nights a 9 on CBS! Listen to our full interview with Taraji below.