FOX drama EMPIRE star TARAJI P. HENSON covers the July 2015 issue of ALLURE!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
On flexing her hair stylist skills to make money in college:
"I come from a family of hard workers. Oh, yeah, I knew how to hustle and make money. We used to do wet sets.... I bought a hooded dryer, and I had my box of rollers. I could have gone to jail; I had no license whatsoever. But it was just my friends. They were like, 'Girl, hook me up. If I get bored, I'll put a full set on."
On sharing her struggle to "make it":
"I've had so many false starts. If it's easy, what story are you going to tell? Nobody wants to hear about how easy it was. That doesn't inspire anyone."
On people still believing she and her co-stars had something going on (People still think she and Tyrese were dating during Boy):
"You have to stay professional. It is a business. I'm not letting no knucklehead dude come between my hard work and my money."
On why she never dates her co-stars:
"I always wanted to be known for my work. Not who I dated. Not who I slept with.... I have a gift, and my gift is acting. I started in the business at 26 with a kid, so I was smart enough to know reality from fantasy. I didn't want to blur the lines. This is a job that I have to do. I cannot get caught up in it. And if I sleep with these guys, why would they want to work with me again? Why wouldn't they? The conquest is up. Now I'm just used-up..." she mouths the last word, which, let's just say, starts with a P.