It was back in 2003 that Taraji P. Henson showcased her talent on her first gig on Lifetime, starring on the police drama The Division. Several years later, after numerous versatile movie roles and an Oscar nomination for her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the fierce actress has taken on her first based-on-a-true-story character role. Henson goes back to Lifetime to play Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, a powerful true story of a New York woman who risks her life to get her son back who was kidnapped by his biological father and taken to Seoul Korea.
Taraji Henson told Celebrityviplounge.com exclusively that what sealed the deal for her on taking this role was Tiffany Rubin’s powerful story. Henson said, “I hadn’t even read the script and I basically accepted the role based on my manager telling me what the story was about, that it was a true story, because I have never played a real life person up until that point. All of my career, all of my characters have been fictional. So there was excitement in actually playing a real person. And then her story just amazed me. I always like playing women who aren’t victims, who are victims but they don’t settle for being a victim.”
But powerful and deeply emotional roles have been Henson’s forte. So how does she prepare herself for these roles psychologically? Taraji told Celeb VIP, “I guess the first thing is just reading the script. I read my scripts over and over. Even while we’re filming, I’m still reading the scripts because you’re always in a different place and you pick up different information depending on the day and your mood. So that’s basically what I do. I just read, read, read and I try to get to why the character is the way they are. For the emotional stuff, a lot of times it’s on the page. Sometimes I have to draw from personal experience, it just depends.”
And as a single mother of a 15-year old son, Taraji was able to take her experiences as a mother and place herself in the shoes of Tiffany Rubin.
Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story premieres on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 9 pm ET/PT on Lifetime. But first you will want to check out the documentary Beyond the Headlines: The Tiffany Rubin Story, which airs right before the movie.
You will want to check this one out. Don’t forget to grab the Kleenex!