Legends recognize legends.
In a new interview with BET to promote her movie Proud Mary, actress Taraji P. Henson reflected deeply on how Tina Turner — who covered the Creedence Clearwater Revival song after which the movie is named — has been a constant presence in her life.
“I’ve never met Tina Turner but I have her pictures framed in my house," Henson explained. "She’s everything to me. She is such a hero, such a heroine. I used to sing ‘Proud Mary’ when I was a singing/dancing waitress on The Sprit Of Washington. It was my solo. It’s funny how life comes full circle. It’s crazy."
Turner's cover is (obviously) featured in the soundtrack of Proud Mary, an action thriller that stars Henson, 47, as the titular assassin — but that's not the only reason why you should go see it ASAP.
“I think you should go see Proud Mary because you haven’t seen an African-American woman in a role like this in a long time, and it’s due. It’s due,” Henson explained. "This is definitely a film about redemption. It’s never about where you start in this journey called life, it’s about where you end. I don’t care what mistakes you’ve made, what dark secrets you hold, it’s not until you face the man in the mirror. And when you’re ready to do that the world will be ready to receive you and forgive you. Humans are very forgiving. We can be.”
We're sold, TBH. Watch Henson's entire interview with BET below: