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Taraji P. Henson Gets Real About Hollywood's Treatment Of Women Over 40

"We see men of all ages always get these heroic roles."

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Anyone familiar with Taraji P. Henson knows she's fierce and fabulous.

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Which is why I wasn't surprised when she was chosen to star in the upcoming film Proud Mary.

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But, it turns out there actually was someone who doubted she'd ever be in a role like this: Taraji, herself.

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On Monday, Taraji stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to break down the reasoning behind her hesitation.

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The late night talk show host commented on her decision to star in a gritty film like Proud Mary.

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Taraji, who also executive produced the film, admitted she was shocked to receive the role, because of her age. The D.C. native is 47.

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Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper told Taraji she was the only one he trusted with the role.

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Taraji revealed to Jimmy she'd been hoping to do a movie like this for a long time.

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But besides just having a desire to expand her artistry, Taraji said the real reason she wanted to do the movie involved a Hollywood trend.

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She let the world know age ain't nothing but a number.

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And then she opened up more about her feelings towards ageism and sexism in Hollywood:

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Preach, Taraji!! Who else would love to see more women of ALL ages in action/superSHEro roles?

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To hear Taraji P. Henson's full interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, watch the video below.

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