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Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah and Viola Davis Featured In New Acting Series

Variety Magazine has just launched new episodes of their series, Actors on Actors where some of Hollywood’s elite have candid conversations with each other about their careers.

Taraji P. Henson and Queen Latifah interview each other and in another episode, Viola Davis speaks with legendary actress Jane Fonda.

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The 45-year old Latifah shares that wearing a multitude of hats in thus industry isn’t as easy as it looks. Having played Cleo in Set In Off at the same time she was Khadijah James on Living Single was as hard as her transition between being troubled jazz singer, Bessie Smith and the business woman at the helm of Flavor Unit Productions.

“I’ve had an acting coach throughout the years and his main job isn’t to teach me to act, it’s to teach me how to take off those other hats and  those other roles and just be that particular character.”

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Henson says she wants to be on sitcom but keeps getting cast in dramatic roles. She says that she loves the scripts for Empire because of the freedom afforded to the cast to adlib. “[The writers] welcome us to make the words…as long as we don’t drift too far off the subject matter or the storyline, if you can say it better and make me feel it better, then say it that way.”

Viola Davis shares that acting is less about playing a part and more about sharing life experiences that resonate with the viewer. “I felt like [How To Get Away With Murder] was a chance to put a human face on women who look like me.

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“I wanted women to be able to put a hook in something very human that I could reveal with my character. Like the episode I took off my wig off, I fell like those moments haven’t been seen on TV.”

On being inspired to pursue acting as a career because of Cicely Tyson, Davis adds, “When I saw Cicely Tyson in Jane Pittman, I wanted to be a craftsperson. I really understood acting is a craft and I wanted to transform in every way in every role. And now, it’s gotten harder to do that, especially as your profile raises.”

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With the wealth of information all of the ladies are sharing in the quick ten minute clips, we hope Variety releases a part 2 and 3 of each of their conversations. Check out Actors on Actors below.

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