Taraji P. Henson Gets Emotional At TIFF Hidden Figures Premiere: ‘It’s So Important’

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Taraji P. Henson cried after seeing clips from her new film Hidden Figures for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday.

The sexy actress, sporting a new blonde hairstyle teared up while explaining why she wanted to play Johnson. “I’m a girl from the hood, okay. I didn’t grow up with much so all I had was dreams and hope. The reason why this is so overwhelming is because when you come from a place where you had no dreams, no hope, and all you see is that people who look like you don’t belong, or they have no place in society… If I had known about these women coming up, maybe I would have aspired to be a rocket scientist.”

Directed by Theodore Melfi and based on the just-released Margot Lee Shetterly book of the same name, Hidden Figures tells the true story of the African-American mathematicians who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into space. Henson plays Katherine Johnson in the film, which 20th Century Fox has set for a January release at the moment, a role the Empire star previously told Entertainment Weekly “scared the hell” out of her. Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae costar.

Pharrell Williams, who produced the soundtrack for the film performed and talked about how grateful he was to be a part of the film (Below):

The ten-time Grammy award-winner Williams joined Hidden Figures producer Jenno Topping and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae on stage for a Q&A session following a first look at a handful of scenes from the movie.

“Can you believe that we’re up here talking about not one, not two, but three genius women that absolutely affected history. A story that you knew but three elements that you just didn’t hear about,” said Williams, who is also a producer on the film.

“These women were operating, dreaming and engineering in a matrix where the odds were stacked against them. Sexism, racism, discrimination… it’s crazy. How could you not want to be a part of this? I’m happy to even be a dot in the sentence of what they’re doing.”

Surrounded by greatness #HiddenFigures #TIFF16

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