Taraji P. Henson is tired of working her butt off in Hollywood and being paid a fraction of what she feels she’s worth … getting emotional over what she says is a huge pay gap.
The actress broke down in tears when asked if she was seriously considering quitting acting, telling Gayle King she feels uncertain about her on-screen career, and money’s the main factor.
Taraji says she’s still being underpaid for big movie roles despite being a well-established and super famous actress … reaching a boiling point.
The way Taraji explains it … even if she’s paid $10 million for a movie, she won’t see anywhere near that when the dust settles … taxes take a huge chunk and then she’s got to break off a bunch of money for her team.
Taraji says … “the math ain’t mathin” …. and it sounds like this has been an issue for her going back a while now.
In her interview with Gayle, in which she’s plugging her new movie “The Color Purple,” Taraji recalls her contract for ‘Benjamin Button’ … she says she was asking for $500,000 and was only paid $100,000.
Taraji’s gone on to do tons of movies and win awards, but she says every time she thinks she’s broken through, she’s humbled at the negotiating table.
It’s an emotional conversation … and Taraji is not alone in this boat in Hollywood.