Actress Taraji P. Henson recently gave TV Guide a piece of her mind via Facebook and Twitter, for seemingly being uninterested in her new role as the female lead of “Person of Interest.”
Taraji stars in the new CBS crime drama as an NYPD detective alongside Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, and Kevin Chapman. Yet apparently she will not be included in an upcoming TV Guide cover that will feature her cast mates.
“WOW!!!! TV Guide is NOT including me on the cover with my cast members [sic]……..I am the female lead of a 3 member cast and I’m not included on the cover!!!!!! Do you see the $h_t I have to deal with in this business…..I cram to understand!!!!" she wrote on Facebook.
But TV Guide isn’t the only one who seems to be excluding Taraji. Even in the trailer for “Person of Interest,” she’s seen only in a single shot—in footage that doesn’t feature her speaking.
Only in the behind-the-scenes clips is some focus put on the Academy Award nominee. The previews focus more so on the roles of software tycoon Finch and ex-CIA agent John Reese—played by Michael and Jim respectively. While Taraji has her eye on Reese, both play crime-stoppers in a very privacy-compromised New York.
“Even in the first episode, after the pilot, you get to see a little more about Finch and I’m sure they’ll start showing a little more about Carter,” she said in an interview at Comic-Con International.
It seems her predictions haven’t come true yet.
Nonetheless, Taraji said that she took the role because it was “like nothing she’d seen on television.” With creators like Jonathan Nolan—co-writer of The Dark Knight—and a producer such as J.J. Abrams, CBS expects “Person of Interest” to be a hit.
Viewers can judge whether Taraji and the folks at CBS are right soon enough. “Person of Interest” premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. EST.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video for more on Taraji’s character.