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Taraji P. Henson Competes In ‘The Actathalon’ on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

Watch Henson as she introspectively stares in the mirror, dramatically slide down a wall after receiving bad news and more.

Taraji P. Henson on "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

Taraji P. Henson on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”


Sometimes it takes a competition to prove your mettle, and last night on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” actress Taraji P. Henson went above and beyond the call of duty. Meyers invited Henson on to compete in the “Actathalon,” a “multi-stage theatrical obstacle course to measure and test an actor’s commitment to the craft of acting.” Some of the stages includes The Devil’s Desk, in which Henson must say a line into a phone and then clear off a desk in rage; The Slide of Tears, in which she takes a phone call, hear devastating news and slide down the wall crying; the Fellini Crusher, where she shows her range by performing a scene in the distinct dramatic style of Federico Fellini’s films. Watch the segment below.

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Henson is best known for her role as Cookie Lyon on the Fox drama “Empire,” for which she received a Golden Globe and a BET Award for her performance. She has also starred in the Oscar-winning film “Hustle & Flow,” David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” for which she received an Oscar nomination, the 2010 remake of “The Karate Kid,” and co-starred on the CBS drama “Person of Interest” for three seasons.

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“Late Night with Seth Meyers” air weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET only on NBC.

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