Actress Taraji P. Henson, best known for her role in the film Hustle & Flow, is having a busy year. Now that the actress has wrapped up filming her one-season stint on the ABC series Boston Legal, you will be seeing a lot more of her on the big screen. Taraji has four films coming out this year including Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys Together and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in which she will be playing of all things, Brad Pitt’s mother. In the film, which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Taraji plays a character by the name of Queenie and is said to have a very significant role in the movie, with her name listed third in the credits, right behind Pitt and Kate Blanchett who plays his love interest in the film. And though it’s pretty early to be making Oscar predictions, the actresses name is already being thrown around as a possible nominee for Best Supporting Actress.
Here’s an excerpt from a 2007 interview Traji gave to Blackfilm.com about her role in the movie:
This role is certainly the biggest role of my career and most challenging to date because I age from 26 to 71, prostethics, fat suit and all. It’s a period piece. Early 1900 period piece. It’s incredible work. This is the film that I can’t wait for to come out. It’s the biggest project that I’ve worked on to date and that’s the one that will get me to the very next level. People would ask me, “How does it feel to work with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett?” like I would go ga-ga over it, and a little bit of me was like that and is like that, and at the same time, that’s where I belong. This is where I always saw myself, as an A-list actress. So, I’m right where I belong.