03.08.2021

Taraji P. Henson on the Fitness Hack That Replaced Her Personal Trainer

Taraji P. Henson on the Fitness Hack That Replaced Her Personal Trainer Photo by Contour Ra by Getty Images

Taraji P. Henson hasn’t worked as an actor in almost a year. Best known for portraying Cookie Lyon on Empire—for which she’s won a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award and four NAACP Image Awards—Henson, 50, has also starred in movies like What Men Want, Hidden Figures and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But the pandemic has meant taking time off. The upside to not being on set has been learning how to live a quieter life: “I don’t know how to sit down, I don’t know how to not work. This was the only thing that was going to…give me this time I needed.”

Still, she hasn’t stopped working entirely. At the beginning of last year, she launched a hair-care line, TPH by Taraji, based on scalp-relief remedies she used to make herself. She continues to work on expanding the line from the private beauty salon inside her Hollywood Hills home. “These products go through heavy scrutiny,” she says. “I’m a Virgo.” She’s also continued to change up her own look; she’s made headlines this past year for dyeing her hair red and, more recently, hot pink. Here, she talks to WSJ. about intermittent fasting in the morning and the work she’s been doing with her therapist. 

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