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Taraji P. Henson has been busy acting and being a mother to her son. The 41-year-old actress is on the cover of Upscale magazine’s February 2012 issue. When it came to answering questions about motherhood, how she plans to overcome obstacles in entertainment and how she called out TV Guide for not including her on their cover, Henson pretty much kept it real:

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A MOTHER:

“This Hollywood thing? It’s my job. That’s it. I love it and I worked hard for it. But it by no means defines who I am. When I go home, my family and friends say, ‘I liked your movie. Now can you go was your dishes please?”

ON PLAYING A BAD GIRL IN ‘THINK LIKE A MAN’:

“You’ve never seen me play this girl. She’s a bitch. And she’s the pretty girl in the film. I wanted this role so bad. I told the casting folks,’if you don’t let me get that role, I don’t need to be in this movie at all.’ They were thinking about casting a white girl for the role and I said, ‘No. I can’t do this.’ And then of course, when it’s time to start filming, I freaked out. I said, wait’ Maybe I should play the baby-momma instead….[LOL] I was scared because it’s so different than anything I’ve ever done.”

ON OVERCOMING OBSTACLES AND POLITICS OF HOLLYWOOD:

“Hollywood keeps trying to tell me that black women can’t open a film. I will absolutely prove them wrong before my career is done. I want to stretch my acting muscle and do something completely different. I’d love to play a man. Sounds weird, but I want to do something that make me work hard. Call me kooky, but I always want to go outside my comfort zone.”

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