Taraji P. Henson Says Her Oscar-Nominated ‘Fat Ass’ Can Get a Table, But Not Hollywood’s Respect

“I have every accolade that is required of an A-list actor, but I’m treated like I’m on the D-list,” the actress says

Last Updated: September 12, 2014 @ 9:17 AM

Even with a 2009 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and over 50 film and TV credits, Taraji P. Henson says she still isn’t getting the star treatment she deserves.

“I’m still fighting for basic shit career-wise,” Henson said. “I have every accolade that is required of an A-list actor, but I’m treated like I’m on the D-list. I’m still being considered with actresses who haven’t done half the stuff I’ve achieved.”

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Though she may not be adequately recognized by Hollywood, in a far-ranging interview for an October Ebony Magazine cover story, the 44-year-old actress admitted that there’s one thing her notoriety is good for.

When asked what the last thing she used her celebrity status to get was, Henson answered, “To get my fat ass into a restaurant. If someone tells me there’s a wait, I’ll walk right to the front of the line like, ‘I need a table now. I need to eat, and I want this. So let’s work this out.'”

Henson was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 2008’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”  She lost to Penelope Cruz, who won for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

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She also starred in the CBS drama “Person of Interest” playing Detective Jocelyn “Joss” Carter from 2011 to 2013.

Henson’s interview for the October issue of Ebony is on newsstands now. Check out the cover below:

Taraji P. Henson Ebony Cover


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