From her breakthrough role in the cult movie Baby Boy to dominating the small screen in Empire, Taraji P. Henson’s performances are always worth acclaim. She’s earned multiple award nominations and wins throughout her time as an actress and is sure to achieve more acclaim in the future. So, how much is this actress worth?
Taraji P. Henson Net Worth as of 2018: $6 Million
Here’s how Taraji made it to the millions.
After graduating from Howard College in 1995 and appearing in bit parts in movies and TV shows, Taraji’s breakthrough role came in 2001 with the film Baby Boy opposite Tyrese Gibson. The movie made $29 million in the box office, surpassing its $16 million budget, and has a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In 2005, Taraji appeared opposite Terrence Howard in the movie Hustle & Flow. The film made over $23 million in the box office and scored an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” Taraji also won awards the BET Award for Best Actress, Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the Black Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Shug, DJay (Howard)’s love interest.
From 2007-2008, Taraji appeared as Whitney Rome in the series Boston Legal.
She also portrayed the role of Queenie, Benjamin’s mother, in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt. The role earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination and a BET Award for Best Actress win. Benjamin Button made over $333 million in the box office and has a 73% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Taraji other film appearances include also Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys, The Karate Kid, and Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, a Lifetime movie.
In 2011, Taraji landed the role of Detective Jocelyn “Joss” Carter in the series Person of Interest. She would play the role for three seasons and make guest appearances in the fourth.
Taraji appeared in two more Tyler Perry films, Think Like A Man in 2012 and its sequel Think Like A Man Too in 2014.
In 2015, Taraji was cast as Loretha “Cookie” Lyon, her most notable role to date, in the series Empire. The show also reunited her with her Hustle & Flow co-star, Terrence Howard. Empire premiered on January 7th, 2015 on Fox and received positive reviews from critics, earning an 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is estimated that Taraji has earned somewhere between $15,000 to $150,000 per episode. The season finale in March 2015 drew in over 17.6 million viewers – one of the biggest numbers for a drama in a decade.
Empire’s second season began September 23rd, 2015. In January 2016, Taraji won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress In A Television Drama for her role as Cookie.
Thanks to her success in Empire, Taraji is sure to be raking in more money and increasing her net worth, as well as keeping our eyes glued to the screen.
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Taraji’s been taking a bit of a break since her busy years hosting. After her role as Ethel in the Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade special, Taraji hasn’t revealed a lot of upcoming acting projects for 2017. So far, she’s definitely scheduled to appear in “The Great Phatsby” episode of The Simpsons. There’s been talk about her appearing in the 2018 release of Proud Mary, but information is sparse for now.
However, she seems to be busy at work with her Taraji P. Henson makeup collection. After becoming the spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Campaign with Jussie Smollett, she created a collection that debuted in February 2017.
Taraji P. Henson is producing, starring in the film about ‘Emmett Till’ a black teenager from Chicago.