Taraji P. Henson: Ambush Interview!

The "Empire" star talks about her Hollywood star, mental illness and her new film "Best of Enemies."
6:28 | 04/05/19

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That's why when Ms. Taraji P. Henson, aka cookie from "Empire" stopped by, I snagged her for another edition of "Ambush interview". Take a look. Thank you. I love when you come here. Where do I take my shoes off? I got you. I'm going to take you to your car, take you right outside. Thank you. Where's my team? Your team, they're okay. This way to the streets. We'll get you out of here. Oh, there are more cameras in here. Hello, cookie. Cookie? ��� Ambush interviews ��� ��� they say it's the street but it's really an interview, ambush interviews ��� Hello, cookie. I feel set up. Help. Your car is out there. There's no way to get to it but it's out there. Can we call you cookie? That's not really my name but okay. Okay, cookie. I'll play along. In your name, it's taraji -- what is the P. In taraji P. It stands for penda. It's swahili and means love. I used to get tortured as aidid bebecause this one kid named Bobby used to call me penda tail on the donkey. Don't laugh at that. Bobby, ew. Keep those cookies in your mouth. Why don't you share your name, Bob. He was called Bob. Don't go there. I just thought misery loves company. I had a big booty. He was teased for being Bob. Big booty Bob. I feel your pain. We're connected on this. They can pin the tail on your behind then. An easier target. Maybe I'll just sit here and eat cookies and you two just keep on going at me. Hey, Bob, I don't think that's a good idea. Come on, big booty Bob. Since you were here last time you got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. So how many times in your life did you think or plan like what would I say if that moment happened? I never planned for that because I never knew exactly what happens. I just thought you die and you get a star. It's a little -- I have to go by and see that it's really there. Have you gone back? No, I haven't. That's why it doesn't feel real to me. You applied to be at a performing arts high school and they rejected you, true? They still get shine because they didn't accept me. People still go, that's the school she wanted to go to, I'm going to go. We want to start our first -- you have your own star on the walk of fame. We want to start our own here for "Strahan & Sara." Wow, okay. You can be the first star on our walk of fame. I'll take these cookies. No, don't touch the cookies. Leave that milk for me later. I got you, boo. That will give you gas. That's okay, do you. I'll be gone. We're going to have her put her hands on each side. Let's get thcolored pencils. You have long arms. Yes, I have long arms, get the colored pencils. Pencils? Put your hands on each other. Put your hands here. This is how we do it. This is like, you know what -- Very official. See, we even get your ring in there. Okay? I'm making the fingers nice. Okay, all right. Pinky is going to look -- all I'm going to say is don't judge the show from this. Okay, yeah. This is what I like to call high class. You are the first person, inaugural member. We'll double stick it. Your foundation was named after your father, Boris Lawrence Henson foundation. I know how important mental health is to you. Yes. You've spoken about anxiety, depression. Tell us about it. Mental illness is something that the African-American community, we really don't deal with it and it bothers me. The reason we don't talk about it is it's looked upon as a weakness in our community. We're shunned. It's shunned. It's taboo, we don't talk about it. When it was time for me to seek help for myself and for my son it was difficult to find someone not even my color or who looked like me but someone cultural competent. Being an African-American male if you haven't noticed, it is true though, it's almost seen as a sign of weakness that you have something that bothers you or you don't want someone to look at you in that light as not a strong person. It's amazing what you're doing, it really is. Thank you. Your new movie, "The best of enemies," hits theaters today. Yes. Your character does not play. No, she doesn't. Take a look at the clip. I hope it's the clip where she hits him upside the head with the phone. Spoiler alert. Now you listen to me councilman, and you too, Mr. Tucker. We ain't going nowhere until we get down to the brass tacks. You understand me? Everything all right here, bill? Mr. Odom, now we have been sitting here for over half-an-hour and the councilman here ain't done nothing but -- We're going to give you your chance to speak tomorrow night. Are we good now? Not yet. What in your life can make you that mad? A bully messing with someone I love. I'm very protective of the people I love. I don't like bullies and I don't like mean people. I was that kid who used to battle bullies for everybody in school. She's talking to you, Bobby. What was the boy that teased you? Bobby. I didn't have to hit him though. Bobby, Bob, it all -- pin the tail -- all comes around -- Booty on Strahan. How about you two just have another cookie and leave me alone. We need to cut you off on the cookies. You know what though, you know I love you. You know that. Thank you, thank you. "The best of enemies" is in theaters now. Make sure you go check it out, everybody. Taraji P. Henson. The one, the only, and you thought you were getting in your car. And check out her star on the Hollywood walk of fame. GM me with a picture of you by it so I know it's real.

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