Taraji P. Henson shut down the feud rumors between her and The Color Purple producer Oprah Winfrey. In a new interview with Today.com the actress and mental health addressed the ongoing speculations of differences between her and Television host. Let’s check out the complete details.
Taraji said Oprah would step in and do whatever she could to make it right
The actress told the outlet,”[Oprah] would step in and do whatever (she) could to make it right” on set.
The 53-year-old then shared, “You know, she called me, she called me personally. Not my team, not my people — me. And asked me, ‘Taraji, if there’s anything you need, you let me know.’ And I said it with a shaking voice, I was like, ‘Well, yeah,’ — since she asked. And I told her and she fixed everything the next day.”
Moreover, she praised Winfrey saying, “That’s what a producer is supposed to do.”
Later on, Henson shared about Oprah’s contribution in the film, “She held our hands the entire production. She showed up, she was there — there are producers that don’t show up on set.”
The actress goes on to share that there’s nothing between her and her producer.
“And what you’re not gonna do is pit two Black women together — not on my watch. I hope they can focus back onto this film, because right now, to me, it feels like what I said is now becoming louder than this beautiful film,” she noted.
Prior to this interview Winfrey also addressed the rumored feud while sharing her experience with pay disparity in Hollywood.
“I would just like to say about this whole Taraji thing … I heard I was trending yesterday,” she told Entertainment Tonight at the Golden Globes red carpet. “People are saying that I was not supporting Taraji. Taraji will tell you herself that I’ve been the greatest champion of this film. Championing not only the behind the scenes projection but also everything that everybody needed. So whenever I heard that there was something that someone needed, I’m not in charge of the budget because that’s Warner Brothers you know that’s the way the studio system works.”
On top of that, she added, “And that’s not fair to me, or anybody in the film. because the film deals with women who are oppressed — who live in an oppressed system. Men and women. And all the characters in that film except for the white people. So that movie is about healing. That movie is about sisterhood.”