Taraji P. Henson released on Tuesday an excerpt from her new memoir called Around the Way Girl. In the fragment, we could see how she is telling lots of truths about how Hollywood is mistreating black stars. She recalled how she negotiated back in 2008 the wage for the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. While Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt got millions of dollars in order to play the main roles in the movie, Taraji P. Henson declared that she had been promised an amount around the mid six figures for the role she played, that of the adoptive mother of Benjamin Button, named Queenie.
Even so, she claims that the producers deceived her and she recounted how her agent announced her that instead of the “mid six figures” as she had been promised, the studio didn’t want to pay more than the lower six figures.
In the book she also says that she was supposed to pay for her own location payments while they filmed in New Orleans. This would mean that she would have had to take out of her pocket the cost for three months of staying at a hotel. The actress, aged 46, was at that time a single mother who had been acting in Hollywood for more than a decade.
She further explained that his type of behavior is nothing strange for black actresses in the industry. She said that there are lots of talented black actresses, but not enough roles for them. As it seems, the only thing they can do is “dive for the crumbs of the scraps”, or else they will starve.
The situation was quite difficult, since according to her, if she would have dared to ask to be paid more, the studio would have simply replaced it with a different actress and nobody would have cared.