Taraji P. Henson Shares Her Struggles With Depression And Pay Inequality In Hollywood

Written by on April 11, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Taraji P. Henson recently opened up about her struggle with mental health issues and inequality of pay in Hollywood.

Henson, star of the hit TV series ‘Empire’, revealed in an interview with Variety that she’s suffering from depression and anxiety.

In dealing with this, Henson goes to a therapist. She explained that while it’s okay to talk to your friends about the problem, sometimes it’s best to seek professional help.

“It’s a professional — someone who studies the human mind, and someone who has no stakes involved,” Henson said. “Their job is to make sure you’re mentally sound, whatever that is and telling you the truth, which might hurt.

She added that it’s important to find the right therapist—someone you’re comfortable with or someone you feel like you’re making progress with.

Henson also spoke about pay discrepancy in the entertainment industry. The actress, who’s been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the Academy Awards for her role in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, revealed that she still has to fight for equal pay even to this day.

“I think it’s still a struggle. It’s something you’ve got to fight for. It is still a fight,” Henson said when asked if it’s gotten easier for women in Hollywood to negotiate their salaries.

For ‘Benjamin Button’, Henson asked for a half a million salary. While she did negotiate, the offer only went up to as much as $150,000. According to Grazia, she only earned less than 2 percent of what her co-stars, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, took home.

“It makes you want to pull your hair out,” she said about the turnout. However, Henson is nevertheless thankful for the role, saying that had she let her ego get in the way, she wouldn’t have gotten the Oscar nomination for the role.

A recent example for Henson was when a movie studio made an offer that was half of her quote. She declined the project, saying she was not going to sell herself short.

“If you want a discount performance, go get it. They’re out there,” she said about the offer. “But you’re not getting it from me. I deliver, and I have the track record to prove it.”

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