Taraji P. Henson said in a recent interview with The New York Times that she and her “The Color Purple” co-stars got “a lot of stuff on that set” because they fought for it behind the scenes . One such example was rides and security on the film’s Atlanta set, as the production reportedly previously offered rental cars to the cast and expected the actors to drive themselves to the set.
“They gave us rental cars, and I said, ‘I can’t drive myself to get set up in Atlanta.’ It’s an insurance liability, it’s dangerous. Now they’re robbing people. How do I look going to work alone in a rental car?” Henson said. “So I was like, ‘Can I get a driver or security to take me?’ I’m not asking for the moon. They say, ‘Well, if we do it for you, we have to do it for everyone.’ Well, to do It’s for everyone! This is something, something I shouldn’t fight for. I was fighting on the set of ‘Empire’ for trailers that didn’t have bugs.
Henson added, “It wears on your soul because you work so hard to establish your name and be respected in this city, but to no avail.” “With black films, they don’t want to take us abroad and I don’t understand it. Black is translated all over the world, so why not films? I have followers all over China. Wouldn’t you all take advantage of this? Doesn’t everyone here want to make money? I’m not the person who pulls the race card every time, but then what else is it? tell me. I would like this race not to happen, please give me something else.
Driver wasn’t the only thing Henson had to talk about when visiting the set of “The Color Purple.” During a recent Q&A for the film presented by THR, Danielle Brooks revealed that the actors initially did not get their own dressing room, nor were they provided with food when they came for rehearsals. To fix this, Henson contacted producer Oprah Winfrey. Brooks called Henson his “mentor” and “our voice box” on the set.
Brooks said, “I remember when we first came in and were rehearsing, they had us all in one place.” “At that time we did not have our own dressing room. We didn’t have our own food…[Oprah] Fixed it for us. [Taraji] We had a voice. This was my first studio film. Sometimes you come in saying, ‘Okay, I’ll take whatever they give me.’ I am very happy to be here. But [Taraji] Spoke for us. You showed me how to do it.”
Henson remembers that during a phone conversation with Oprah, it was once revealed that the cast had no dressing room or food during rehearsals. “We have to fix this,” he told the mega-producer.
Henson almost lost out on “The Color Purple” due to payment issues and being forced to audition for the role of Shug Avery despite being the director’s top choice. During a viral SiriusXM interview last month, Henson cried while discussing issues of pay inequality in Hollywood despite her success in “Empire” and her Oscar nomination.
“I’m tired of working so hard and being complacent in everything I do [and] A fraction of the cost is being paid,” Henson said. “I’m tired of hearing my sisters say the same thing over and over again… Every time I do something I break another glass ceiling when it’s time to have the conversation again. Hit the bottom like I never did what I did, and I’m tired. I’m tired. It takes a toll on you. What does it mean? What is it telling me? If I try to follow myself If I can’t fight for them, what am I doing?”
“The Color Purple” from Warner Bros. is opening in theaters nationwide.