Expat may soon be added to Taraji P. Henson's extensive list of roles.
The actress, who also provides the voice for the upcoming animated feature Minions: The Rise of Gru, says to People that she may soon leave America as she prepares to return as presenter of the BET Awards.
She responds when asked on the “People Every Day'' podcast how she is coping with the challenging political and social atmosphere in America. "I'm seriously considering getting up out of here, leaving, and living in another country."
"You grow weary of battling, which is something that happens as you get older. I'm exhausted."
She cites the "pressures of being Black" and the unending struggle for justice and peace in America as what has worn out the celebrity. "Simply put, I wish to avoid creating another hashtag. I yelled, I marched, and I fought. I'm exhausted."
The 51-year-old Henson envisions a much simpler way of living in her new home abroad. She declares, "I want to go to a place where there is neutral ground. I wish to simply exist. Smile... Everyday I want to drink wine, swat flies off the porch, and be called ‘Bella.’ Stress-free."
She claims she has earned it at this point in her life and work, and she’s in the ideal position.
"All of your f—-s are behind you when you hit 50, which is something that happens. I've made a lot of progress, so I'll carry on as I have been." She continues, "I can now declare, ‘I quit, I'm going to go travel the world,’ because I'm at the place where I can. It's incredibly liberating."
She still has a few objectives for her profession, though. In the summer movie Minions: The Rise of Gru, Henson plays the evil Belle Bottom. She reveals, "I've always wanted to play a villain."
"Even if Belle Bottom is my current role, I would still prefer to play a real-life antagonist similar to a Marvel superhero. She has an enormous afro and is jazzy."
Henson says she's looking forward to an overseas girl's trip after her BET hosting responsibilities, even though she hasn't yet given up her American passport.
"Despite our best efforts, Mary [J. Blige] and I have been unable to complete this trip due to our hectic schedules. Just now, I said to her, ‘Look, enough is enough; I need a vacation!’"