Taraji P. Henson reveals some of her real-life experiences in her new memoir Around the Way Girl. In it, she dishes on everthing from her relationship with her absive ex to to her parents’ tumultuous marriage. Speaking with ET, however, she revealed that her father once tried to kidnap her when she was barely old enough to walk.
“My father, he was homeless,” she said in the interview. “He served in the military. He was a police officer. He battled with his demons just like all humans do, but my father didn’t hide it from me.”
She says she found herself in the middle of her parents’ abusive marriage and divorce when she was just 4-years-old, with her dad trying to kidnap her in the process. She says now, looking back, he just wanted to spend time with her.
“A lot of Cookie comes from my father, who was no holds barred,” she said. “A lot of the one-line zingers are things my dad would say.”
Despite what happened between them in the past, the Empire breakout star says she holds no ill will against her old man.
“You can find yourself in any bad situation in life,” she said. “Guess who it is up to to get out of it? You. That’s it. If you’re not chained to a wall and no one has a gun to your head and says, ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ where’s the power? You have the power.”
Take a look at the full segment, below: