Taraji P. Henson Reveals Why She Took 'Abbott Elementary' Role

The Academy Award-nominated actress recently made her debut as mama Vanetta Teagues.

Taraji P. Henson is the latest addition to ABC’s critically acclaimed series, Abbott Elementary, and she couldn’t be happier. The Golden Globe-winning actress made her debut during the Wednesday, April 12, episode titled “Mom,” in which she plays the mother of Quinta Brunson's leading character Janine Teagues.

While talking to People ahead of the episode’s premiere, Henson  opened up about her guest role as Mama Vanetta, telling the outlet, "I actually have an affinity for teachers.”

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Before starring in major films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which earned her first Academy Award nomination, Henson was a substitute teacher. “So I really have a fondness for that show,” she added.

The Hollywood veteran praised the Emmy Award-winning series, sharing, "It's witty, it's smart. I see myself in it. And I'm just proud of Quinta.  I'm proud of her. I just applaud her.” Henson spoke a little about the cast and how “amazing, so giving, and sweet” they were to her that “It didn’t feel like work at all!”

Abbott Elementary stars show creator Bronson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Anny Taylor, Chris Perfetti, and more.

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